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strange, green, half seaweed, half bacteria March 11, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — caroschm @ 12:15 pm

The last post I wrote was about seaweeds.

This time there won’t be any recipe, but just an article about that green strange half seaweed half bacteria called spirulina.

I can hear you : “where has she been to find this again!”

You can tease me but not only Spirulina does really exist bur also it yield a lot of money.

Originally Spirulina is used by the Chad lake population: they collect this seaweed. Then it is dried into cakes called Dihé, which are used to make broths for meals, and also sold in markets. It was first used for as a medic or to cure skin problems.

But Spirulina is currently well known for its high amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight. It can be used as a food supplement, and more and more  is currently sold all over the world.

Indeed now it is a business : spirulina is not only collected but also produced. Every year about 1500 women take part to the production of 400 tonnes of this green special seaweed in Chad. But the largest commercial producers of spirulina are now located in the United States, Thailand, India, Taiwan, China, Pakistan and Myanmar (Burman).

But the problem is in Chad : some part of the Chad lake is drying because of to much production and the global warming.

Spirulina was first a great way to bring wealth for all this country but today the danger is overexploitation.


10 Responses to “strange, green, half seaweed, half bacteria”

  1. deb1708 Says:

    Caroline, thanks for this post. I did know what was the spirulina.
    I think the overexploitation of things like that will become a global problem. Men are so selfsih….

  2. aventa Says:

    Really interesting !
    Overexploitation is the problem of the century !

    “amount of protein, between 55% and 77% by dry weight”
    It’s really unbelievable !
    I was always fan of seaweed, now i’m more ! But i didn’t know this one !

  3. ihssene Says:

    It’s quite difficult for this people because of the global warming. A lot of people will lose their work, especially women, i think. Economics world has as motto that everything could be an advatange for making money. Then when there’s almost nothing or a kind problem, nobody will resolve it. Just looking somewhere else for making money with others things!
    It’s a made world…where there is no solidarity.

  4. thalounette Says:

    Those green pills on the second picture look like brewer’s yeast pills and green food colouring together!

  5. davelecteur Says:

    lol yeah Thalie they do. I’d never heard of this stuff before. Thanks for expanding my general knowledge Caroline!
    And I hope you’re having a great time in India and there weren’t too many problems getting started. In case you’re interested, I noted just two corrections:

    – not only does Spirulina really exist (“not only” is directly followed by “does” / “am/is/are”)
    – take part “in”

  6. Baboo Says:

    Spirulina creates familz disorders. Believe it or not, that is real. Researchers from Harvvard Universitz have found a unique corelation between spirulina consumers and the ever+growing divorce cases. There are proofs the algae contains too many afromorsic promulgae acids, which creates mate intolerance. There have been cases of murders due to spirulina utilisation, but this has not been yet reaserched properly and needs further investigation. The true fact is that, if you managed to read this story, I am more than delighted to tell you it was the aprilţs fool for the next year. Greetings people, trustfully consume natural herbs.

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