Marine algae globally is an industry worth $14 billion and food ingredients and industrial products are reliant on the polysaccharides extracted from marine algae. In Ireland, there has been harvesting of seaweed for industrial purposes since the 1940’s with the establishment of the alginate industries (Ireland) in 1947. Irish seaweeds range from industrially harvested brown seaweed to delicate and nutritious red seaweeds. Higher value added products extracted from seaweeds have many applications from animal feeds to medicines. We will learn a little about the species of seaweed and what they contain as foods, resources, and environmental cleaners. We will also show a few products which use seaweed in their ingredients and we’ll taste some seaweeds from around Ireland.
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