The seaweed industry is on the cusp of a transformational moment. Twelve thousand years of agriculture has left little space on land to meet the needs of a growing population. In our oceans, the combined pressure of global warming, pollution and over exploitation has left ecosystems in desperate need of repair.
Hunger. Poverty. The climate crisis. Seaweed can help humanity face up to the seemingly intractable challenges of our time, while unlocking an inclusive source of income for communities around the world.
For generations, seaweed has remained one of the great untapped resources. But a revolution is coming. In a year of landmark environmental summits, the rise of stakeholder capitalism and commitments to a green recovery, the convergence of global issues, increased awareness of seaweed’s potential and an influx of investment is igniting a period of accelerated growth. But unprecedented demand brings urgent challenges. From every part of the globe and every stage of the value chain, a connected industry is needed to unlock the economic, social, and environmental benefits of this unique resource.
To achieve this, a new platform is needed that, for the first time, bringing together the full spectrum of seaweed’s diverse stakeholders. We believe collaboration on safety will provide the seaweed industry with the resilient foundation it needs to responsibly scale and deliver on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Our objectives focus on three key aspects of safety:
Consumer safety – Ensuring seaweed products meet commonly agreed safety standards for use by consumers
Environmental safety – Ensuring seaweed production and processing takes place in harmony with ecosystems and safeguards the health of local people
Operational safety – Ensuring the welfare of workers is protected at every stage of the seaweed value chain
The Coalition will be led by a Steering Committee:
Join the Seaweed Revolution and the first ever Global Seaweed Coalition gathering all seaweed stakeholders. The Safe Seaweed Coalition addresses some of the Manifesto call to actions and coalitions objectives are:
Establishing and improving global standards and regulations for safe operation and production of seaweed (for final products, environments and workers)
Increasing public education/consumer awareness
Generating investment in scalable production initiatives, particularly in developing economies.
Enhancing greater collaboration between manufacturers, regulators, academia. IGOs, NGOs and industry, leading to an improved, safe and better developed global seaweed market.
This manifesto outlines the opportunities and barriers ahead of us. If we get this right, we are at the start of a great journey together in sustainably harvesting the potential of our largest common good - the ocean.
This 2020 meeting brought together a selected group of innovative seaweed businesses, projects and entrepreneurs with top decision-makers from the UN and other leading international institutions and organizations. It showcased the many ways the ambitions and initiatives of the Seaweed Manifesto are being driven forward across the world.