Dupont N&H announces sustainable seaweed program for hydrocolloids
To mark World Oceans Day, DuPont Nutrition & Health (N&H) announced a unique new seaweed program that will guide seaweed farmers and harvesters toward the adoption of more sustainable practices.
Developed in collaboration with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium, the program is the first sustainable seaweed program specifically for hydrocolloids, a biodegradable plastic.
“Seaweed is one of the principal raw materials in the hydrocolloid industry, and our goal is to see these sustainable management practices implemented worldwide,” said Erick Ask seaweed development manager, DuPont Nutrition & Health, in a press release. “Some would call this goal ambitious, but we want to help educate all seaweed farmers and harvesters to develop a working knowledge of sustainable practices and enhance their ability to be good stewards of their farms and seaweed beds, upon which they depend for their livelihoods and their family’s future.”
Designed to assure the environmental and social criteria of sustainability and bring transparency throughout the complex supply chain, the standards will help preserve the environment as well as conditions for the seaweed producers.
This collaboration between scientists at The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and DuPont developed the standards to strive to ensure the most environmentally friendly practices are followed and seaweed producers in every corner of the world receive fair treatment and work safely.
The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium was selected as they had previously worked with seafood processing and retailing companies to create the Fisheries and Aquaculture Solutions Program, which helps to develop sustainable practices around seafood sourcing.
Chief Scientist and Vice President of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life John Mandelman, Ph.D., said in a press release, “improving the environmental performance of seaweed has cascading benefits for coastal communities and habitats as well as for species far beyond seaweed. In taking a science-based approach to both create and continually improve these guidelines, we hope to make a difference in sustainability across the entire seaweed extract market.”
DuPont N&H will implement the Sustainable Seaweed Program first in Norway and Iceland, and eventually expand the program to other regions where seaweeds are sourced. Additionally, employees from DuPont N&H seaweed processing plants and blending facilities are collecting trash and other debris along shorelines on four continents in recognition of World Oceans Day. The cleanup efforts represent a small contribution to the much larger need for corporations around the world to join in the preservation and protection of the ocean, one of earth’s most valuable resources.
World Oceans Day is an annual observation that takes place around the world on June 8 to honour, help protect and conserve the world’s oceans.
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