Meet the ‘star ingredient’ changing fortunes in Alaska’s waters: seaweed

Meet the ‘star ingredient’ changing fortunes in Alaska’s waters: seaweed

Growing awareness of the climate crisis and a shift to plant-based diets have turned kelp farming into a thriving industry

While farmers in much of the US spend the late spring patiently waiting for their crops to mature, a small band of sea farmers have taken to the cold ocean waters of Alaska to harvest the state’s newest cash crop: kelp.

Huge demand for seaweed, hauled up in slimy green bunches from the Pacific Ocean, has kickstarted an industry that existed as a mere fantasy only five years ago.

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