Seaweed is a prime example of a nature-based solution stemming from the ocean. It is a regenerative material par excellence, with unique properties which are crucial to the ocean ecosystem. In contrast to land-based agricultural crops, seaweed requires neither external inputs such as fertilizer nor cleared land space to grow. In addition, seaweed can be used in a myriad of innovative and sustainable product applications with a range of health and environmental benefits. A strong European seaweed industry can boost economic growth, for example by channeling investment into coastal communities or by creating new employment opportunities. Yet the potential of seaweed has so far been largely overlooked.
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