What is Spirulina? The Spirulina is ancient bluish-green algae. Spirulina is the source of vitamins, carotenoids, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, pigments and, fatty acids&lipids.
Who Heard About Spirulina?
I talked with a few of my friends and colleagues about Spirulina. They did not express interest regarding this nutritional food source. They are in good shape, and they do not seek any solution on how to enrich their daily intake of food.
My Interest to Spirulina
I read a lot. I have plenty of books which wait for me till I finish what I started. I use the computer and phone a lot. It means that my eyes do not have rest during the day. I began to search about nutritional supplements which would be digestible and delicious in vital nutrients. I know that nutrients can help my body and at the same time, eyes too.
I started to dig for some more information. Scientists, doctors, journalists published reviews and books about this miraculous algae.
Spirulina’s Costs Versus Food Costs
The price of food at the store is not the price which we would like to think what it is a real value.
There are many hidden costs for conventional food.
Medical Expenses from Unhealthy Food
I guess that everybody knows how many spoons of sugar are in the glass of soda drinks. Products on the shelves can stay long thanks to added chemicals. Everything looks good till we see our weight climbing, vital signs change. US Surgeon links two-thirds of death to diet. Here medical bills, health insurance, home care bills show up.
Government Helps Farmers
The government subsidizes farms through taxes. This contribution encourages farmers to use soil and water. The farmer pays less for water, and the government pays the difference between actual water price and farmers price. According to Robert Henrikson, in 1989, Farmers Home Administration had loans, which were over 20 billions of dollars.
The Danger to the environment and resources
Growing agro-business threatens the environment. The population of human beings grows. It requires more and more food. The soil is used and reused without giving back minerals. Countless herds graze. Soil erosion occurs.
According to Robert Henrikson, the author of the book Earth Food Spirulina, an inch of topsoil takes 200 to 1000 years to get back in shape.
Who will wait so long? People are hungry, and they want to eat now.
How is good cheap food?
The food, grown using pesticides and fertilizers is inexpensive compared with organic food. Stores prefer to have sustainable food. There are preservatives used. I guess that in this food are not so many nutrients left. Our bodies can be weaker. Few cups of coffee do not help to restore energy and vitality.
Advantages of Spirulina
There are facts, according to Robert Henrikson, author of book Earth Food Spirulina.
Spirulina could be cultivated on the unusable land.
Protein production from Spirulina requires 20 times less land compare with soybeans and 40 times less of area contrast with the property used for corn.
For the growth of the Spirulina, the water can be alkaline or salty. The algae do not compete with the water, which is used to grow conventional food.
Energy efficiency is higher compared to corn and soybeans.
Algae consume carbon and release oxygen. I think that it is a significant point. Nowadays, when the change of climate is visible, Spirulina can be a savior.
Spirulina does not need plenty of places to grow. Spirulina can grow in the hot climate, where other crops do not survive. In countries where food distribution does not work correctly, Spirulina could help sustain thousands of people in developing countries.
Spirulina does not do any harm to the environment. Spirulina enriches the air with oxygen.
Spirulina can play an essential role in helping people rid of malnutrition. It is a cheap source of vital nutrients.
Spirulina generates oxygen and fixes carbon.
To grow Spirulina commercially does not need a Nobel prize winner to find out how to accomplish these tasks. There are commercial farms which grow Spirulina as health food on the six continents.
Spirulina can improve the well-being of people who live in emerging countries.