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.