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Farming Seaweed

((VOA Persian))
((Banner: Farming Seaweed))
((Reporter: Crystal Dilworth))
((Camera: Austin Harris, Cody Troxell))
((Adapted by: Martin Secrest))
((Map: Thimble Islands, Connecticut))

((NATS: Various))
((Locater: Thimble Islands, Long Island Sound, off the
coast of Connecticut))
((Popup Banner: GreenWave Company is developing
techniques for seaweed and other ocean farming))
((NATS: Various))
((Popup Banner: Seaweed is started in a hatchery and
moved to ocean farms))
((NATS: Various))
((Bren Smith, Co-Founder, GreenWave))
OK, so these are the spools that we took from the hatchery
and what we’re going to do now is we’re going to take out
the spools. We have to be really careful with them because
they’re sensitive and we’re going to seed the lines. So here
we go.
((NATS: Boat))
((Bren Smith, Co-Founder, GreenWave))
We’ve got floating long lines and from there we grow our
mussels, our scallops and our seaweeds. And then below
that we’ve got cages where we have our oysters and clams.
((NATS: Lab))
((Locater: Seaweed Lab, Scripps Institution of
Oceanography, La Jolla, California))
((Jennifer Smith, Ecologist, Scripps Institution of
One of the more popular things that seaweeds have become
known for is their use as a super food. And when I say
super food, that basically means that they have a really high
concentration of vitamins and minerals. They have very low
digestible carbohydrates. So, seaweeds basically contain an
order of magnitude more vitamins and minerals than any
leafy green vegetable that you can eat, including kale and
you know, any other super food. While they’re incredibly low
in calories and incredibly healthy, they also produce omega-
3 fatty acids, which is something a lot of people are trying to
increase in their diets. And so, they just represent a type of
nutritional resource we really should be taking more
advantage of. The uses for seaweeds are kind of
insurmountable in terms of the things that they can do. A lot
of people don’t realize that you probably consumed
something that has seaweed in it today. Most of the non-
dairy or low-fat, non-fat products ranging from yogurt to ice
cream to alternative dairy milk, you know, rice milk, almond
milk, coconut milk - anything that has kind of creamy
consistency that’s silky. Even toothpaste, shaving cream,
whipped cream, all of those things have some sort of
emulsifier in them and one of the most common types of
emulsifiers is a group of compounds produced by red
seaweeds known as carrageenan.
((NATS: Boat))
((Popup Banner: Ocean seaweed farming could hold
potential environmental benefits))
((Professor Matthew Edwards, Biologist, San Diego
State University))
We can use farms in the ocean to clean polluted waters. We
can clean carbon out of the water to help with ocean
acidification, but we can also clean pollutants out of the
water and heavy metals out of the water, using farming in
the ocean to help as a natural way of cleaning the water
without having to spend tens or hundreds of millions of
dollars to invent new machinery, new chemistry, to go out
there and to try to do this with us, you know. The seaweeds
are out there 24/7 doing their job.