Seaweed as a fertiliser is not an entirely novel concept, but today it’s value as an organic alternative to synthetic fertilisers, is coming back on a much bigger scale, with the potential to bring massive improvements to plant growth and more importantly, human health and food production.
I have been on a journey to learn more ways to live a sustainable lifestyle and it has led me to make many discoveries in terms of what we, as a global community and not just as individuals, need to be doing in order to carve a better future for ourselves and our children.
It’s all well and good to buy healthy fruits and vegetable but it’s equally important to be aware of how our food is produced, and ways this process can be improved, so that we can make conscious choices that reflect a desire for a clean planet and a healthy population.
What if you could take the heaps of seaweed that the tide has washed onto the shores unwanted and make it into a natural and organic plant growth promoter that would make a positive contribution to a global cause? That was the idea behind Seaweed Seychelles Pty Ltd.
What is Seaweed Fertiliser:
For hundreds of years, coastal cultures have valued seaweed as an abundant (and free!) natural resource that allowed their plants to flourish in a way that no modern synergetic, chemical filled fertiliser could dream of doing.
The products being developed by Seaweed Seychelles Pty Ltd are made from the Sargassum seaweed found on the pristine shores of the paradise islands in Seychelles.
First, the seaweed is gathered from the beach after it has been washed up with the tides, with the benefit of leaving the beaches clear and pristinely white. The company prides themselves on not ‘harvesting’ the seaweed straight from the sea, thus allowing the marine ecosystem to continue to thrive.
The seaweed is dried in the sun for two days and then goes through a cooking process which removes the necessary extract using pressure and steam. Once it has cooled it is drained into storage tanks, leaving the Growth Promoter ready to be bottled and shipped to you.
But that’s not the end, the rest of the seaweed which is left is put out to dry again before being pulverized and turned into a conditioner for the soil. Nothing goes to waste!
Whether you’re a small scale plant enthusiast or a farmer producing on a bigger scale, having a true green thumb involves care to make a positive impact on the environment while your plants thrive. This is what you need to be looking into. All you have to do is dilute the extract with water and apply it to your plants or the soil as per the instructions.
Why is Seaweed the best:
An article published in 2013 by The Independent highlighted a UN report on the fertiliser crisis that was causing severe damage to the planet’s ecosystems.
A more recent paper published in March 2018 by the University of Shanghai emphasised the ongoing harmful effects of inorganic fertilisers and the need for governments to look into naturally sustainable fertiliser management.
The organic Seaweed Fertiliser and Conditioner increases flowering, rates of growth and fruiting yields by 40 %.
It has all the nutrients found in artificial fertilisers such as Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate but obtained completely naturally. It also has other nutrients such as Jasmonates, Gibberellins, Cytokinins and Auxins which are vital to plant growth and root growth.
Use of the seaweed fertiliser also protects plants and crops from disease and pests such as snails, caterpillars and whiteflies.
We can all agree that there is no end to the complaints we have about the unhealthy impacts of synthetic fertiliser not only on human health but on the environment.
Chemicals leach into and contaminate the water supplies used by both man and the animals in a particular ecosystem. Some of the effects include toxic algal blooms and killing fish as well as threatening sensitive ecosystems and contributing to climate change.
Not to mention the side effects of the chemicals used in synthetic fertilisers which we injest through the foods that we eat. Liver failure, kidney damage, cardiac problems and even cancer are real possibilities all because big producers are willing to risk our health while they compete for quicker plant growth to maximise profits.
The Seychelles based company is also working with CSIRO, a leading research organization in Australia to develop a nutrient extract from the seaweed which could be used in the health and wellness industry.
Read more about the work of CSIRO HERE!
I believe in the need for global responsibility and awareness of the environmental issues that plague our planet. This involves a duty to educate ourselves and our children on what goes on behind the scenes of our mass consumerism and on the part we can play to help heal our wounded planet.
What’s more, we need to support those who launch initiatives with the aim of bringing about positive changes. These may be in the realm of recycling, the promotion of healthy eating, the return to herbal medicine and natural healing, or in this case, the use of organic plant fertilisers.
I believe that the time is coming when we’re all going to need to go back to the resources that Mother Nature provided for us, but that for a long time, we chose to ignore.
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and let’s see what life has to offer us next.