Sustainable seaweed cultivation

Sustainable seaweed cultivation

Agriculture has been developing for millennia, but on the oceans hunting and gathering is still the norm. Wageningen UR scientists see opportunities for sea agriculture.

A seaweed field the size of The Netherlands could provide enough proteins for the entire European population. This field could even be placed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where agricultural production does not interfere with rich ecosystems. Growing crops in the ocean also means that the nutrients that have been flowing into sea for years - due to human activity - can finally be regained and brought to land. By working towards sustainable seaweed cultivation Wageningen UR contributes to the quality of life.

Sea agriculture