Sometimes I just don’t get why it is our most natural abundant resources have been ignored and replaced with hyped-up store-bought empty substitutes?
Algae is awesome! But only since the latest rush towards biofuel has it gained appreciation in green technology as a source of fat and oil for energy production. While there remains a considerable energy-requiring process to convert to ethanol, algae has great potential to solve one of our most urgent problems.There are companies now developing efficient yet very unconventional methods of converting algae to oil; a rather crude example of biomimicry, replicating natural ecosystems as a future for industry.
In its natural state algae provides nourishment from the very bottom to the top of our food chain.
Algae is an efficient plant that also feeds on the grossly neglected waste and polluted waterways that extend across America, both inland and to the sea. Algal bloom, or overgrowth, most often is an indicator of excessive nitrogen and phosphate in the water from fertilizer and raw sewage. Algae consumes this waste and eventually dies once it has reproduced many times over. After settling to the bottom, bacteria consumes the nutrient rich algal detritus, and uses up all available oxygen in the process. At this point aquatic life gets imbalanced, overwhelemed and lifeless, the system fails and communities in underdeveloped countries are left without fish.
In a healthy natural water environment algae contributes to the ecology by converting decomposed carbon from grasses and plant matter that makes its way into the water. Another important fertilizer is nitrogen, in this case, derived from decomposing plant matter as it yields ammonia. In two to three weeks algae can reproduce itself as much a trillion times over.
Spirulina, a blue green algae, is a superfood and super organism that contains a most comprehensive abundance of amino acids, carotene and chlorophyll. It is full of trace elements, minerals and essential fatty acids and when given to malnourished children, dramatically reverses their protein starved condition.
The earth’s total volume of living algae is mindboggling. But an understanding may be had by considering that algae photosynthesizes over 70% of the world’s oxygen; that being greater than all forests combined. It is the primary feed for fish and holds our fragile ecosystem in balance; ultimately providing nourishment to all living species of this planet. Algae has survived longer than any other living organism, exceeding 350 billion years of life and evolution. It is genetically differentiated as much from one species to another as is a man to a butterfly.
Because algae grows from waste including urine, plant matter and minerals it is an organism that can be raised in gardens, communities and farms everywhere. By nurturing life from the bottom of the food chain, without relying on off-site resources, thanks to algae, the human race has an opportunity to survive entirely off the grid.