You are aware of the masses of research and information out there generally about the commercial use of kelp and seaweed products - and this research is not new, nor is the agricultural and commercial use of kelp/seaweed a "passing fad".
This page is intended to provide not only convenient access to various published items/articles of information about seaweed or kelp in its many forms as used in agriculture over the centuries, but also, in this first section, to some news snippets which we found of interest and hope that you will too!
Topical Seaweed/Kelp News/Snippetts
1 ABC's Landline ran a segment on "Organic Converts" on 19 May 2014, including seaweed/kelp products. To quote the program directly "Here is a story about late converts to organic farming techniques. There are lots of reasons why conventional farmers don't want to go down the organic path. It's usually more expensive, time-consuming and risky. But a couple of farmers have discovered late in life organic soil treatments can deliver surprising results."
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4006604.htm
2 How important is it that our customs remains vigilant?? Reported in the Canberra Times on 24 November 2013 -
"Seaweed with arsenic levels 22 times the safe consumable standard has been stopped at the Australian border".
Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/seaweed-found-with-22-times-toxic-level-20131123-2y30b.html#ixzz2lWMPFIKu
3 A different perspective on seaweed - Nori used in sushi. Reported in "Deep Sea News" -
The red seaweed Porphyra, more commonly known in your sushi roll as Nori, represents one of the most valuable aquaculture crops in the world. This abundance has led to an annual production equating to an estimated $1.3 billion U.S. dollars (that’s a whole lot of yen). However, things haven’t always been this way.
Cultivation of this cash “sea” cow by the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean peoples started way back in the A.D.’s. They would collect the leafy bits that we all know and love (a.k.a. the gametophyte stage) from the intertidal zone where it thrived. They were even able to farm Porphyra by letting it’s conchosphores (that’s fancy for baby algae) settle on ropes and bamboo. However, not much was really know about the life cycle of Porphyra at this time, or why it’s natural annual production was so variable. Hint: Variation in production is a no go when demand was increasingly growing for what has now become a culinary staple in many of these countries.
The links below provide a selection of this research for your convenience. The Online Library "Journey to Forever" was published in 1968 - over forty-five years ago! Its opening paragraph begins as follows "Seaweed contains all major and minor plant nutrients, and all trace elements ...".
The second paragraph reads "Of the seaweed contents listed after nutrients and trace elements, the first, alginic acid, is a soil conditioner; the remainder, if the word may be forgiven in this context, are plant conditioners. All are found in fresh seaweed, dried seaweed meal and liquid seaweed extract - with the one exception of vitamins (which) ... are absent from the extract".
In the meantime, you may wish to check this report in full or some of the other selected links provided below for additional general information. As a derivative of seaweed, all of the following research is applicable to Kelp Agri Products' SeaSens:
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