Australian Study Assesses Global Seaweed Farming Potential

A study led by the University of Queensland found that expanding seaweed farming could help reduce demand for terrestrial crops and reduce global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2-equivalent per year. The research was published in Nature Sustainability. The study identified millions of available hectares of ocean within global exclusive economic zones (EEZs) where farming could be developed. One of the researchers explained, “Through thousands of years of breeding we have developed the staple crops that underpin modern societies, and seaweed could very well hold similar potential in the future.”