In 2011 Research Councils UK, Britain's co-ordinating body for the main research institutions, reviewing innovation in all areas of research over the past 5 years, selected Seagreens to represent 'Healthy Living' for a compilation of 'Big Ideas for the Future - research that will have a profound effect on our future' - (page 58).
We took the time to research the market and review the science, then learned to harvest and produce the first properly certified human food quality seaweed in Europe.
We successfully married artisan knowledge and skills with the technologies of industrial scale harvesting. As a result we have set the scene for new British and European industry on the map.
Bsed on our experiences wild harvesting in Scotland as well as Norway, we aim to work with the Japanese to develop our global market.
This may even be a more hopeful picture than in Japan, where the vast majority of seaweed is now farmed, already at least once removed from Nature. In northern Europe we have idea coastline and very clean waters - which at all costs, we must look after!
To establish an human food quality standard, we are working with the Biodynamic Association and the Japanese Academy of Agricikultural Philosophy.
In 2010 Seagreens founder, Simon Ranger, established the not-for-profit Seaweed Health Foundation to provide an independent forum for seaweed standards, research and education based in London and Edinburgh.
Seagreens is "the UK's leading seaweed supplier"
- Organic & Natural Business magazine, October 2009
“Seaweed mirrors land vegetation in a number of ways. The best seaweeds grow in cooler climes; the best land plants in warmer. A balance of nutrients is only obtained from the land in a wide variety of foods; in seaweed, from a single or a very few species. It is not a matter of 'either, or' but of seeking their combination to balance out the whole. This is why in Japan, in one of the world's most traditional and sophisticated diets, a very small amount of seaweed turns up in almost every meal. Once again, our focus might turn to the relationship between things, rather than to the things themselves, to find our own balance” - S. B. Ranger, 'Feeding the foundation of health', Seagreens® 10th anniversary article in Star & Furrow, Journal of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association, pp. 10-14, Issue 109:1472-4634, Summer 2008
Seagreens works with the Seaweed Health Foundation which has introduced an inclusive voluntary standard which covers a range of seaweed species and a variety of harvesting and production methods. The UK certification body is the Biodynamic Association, whose Patron is Patrick Holden, past Director of the Soil Association.
The Foundation helps Friends obtain funding for their own or collaborative research from public and private sources. This includes Seagreens, whose research agenda is guided by its commercial and academic partners who include Seagreens® Brand Partners.
The Foundation keeps informes the public, the media and regulatory authorities through its activities and aims to provide information about the nutrition benefits of seaweed through a range of public events, publications and advisory services.
Seagreens® Healthcare Summary provides an alphabetical list of indications for the use of Seagreens®, with useful additional information about the nutritional background and daily intake. We welcome your contribution to this document.
In the scientifically proven macrobiotic approach to a balanced diet - rooted in oriental culinary traditions - “a small volume of sea vegetables, about 2%, is taken daily, eaten as a condiment, in soup, cooked with grains, beans and vegetables as a seasoning to supply minerals, (and) as a small side dish about twice aweek” - M. Kushi, A. Jack, The Macrobiotic Path to Total Health, Ballantine Books, pp. 9-11, 2003
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“Its high concentrations of zinc and vitamins A, B, C and E make it a potent remedy for poor skin conditions. I personally became convinced as to the genuine health benefits of seaweed during my first attempt at eating nothing but foraged foods back in 1995. Seaweeds were my daily staple and sped me along (cycling) at 70 miles a day with energy and enthusiasm. Last July on a high seaweed 100% wild food diet I managed to halve my bad cholesterol in a month” - wild food celebrity Fergus Drennan, 2008
We are keen to obtain research assistance or requests for studies especially in preventive healthcare, cardiovascular disease, autistic spectrum, attention deficit and hyperactvity disorders, cancer management, detoxification, inflammatory and metabolic disorders including obesity, neurological and degenerative diseases, and other areas where existing research or the anecdotal evidence indicates the likely efficacy of our products.