#50 of 100 - Seakura
No. 50 of #100israelistartups is Seakura.
One of the major challenges of our time is that of maintaining the balance between the demand for food supplies for the world’s ever-increasing population while minimizing environmental damage.
There is growing understanding that there is a limited quantity of food in the oceans, and that massive, unlimited consumption of food from the sea is liable to lead to serious damage to the marine environment.
Israeli start-up Seakura at the forefront of the fight to protect the world's oceans while providing a valuable source of food - seaweed - thus providing people with quality, healthy food while preserving nature’s ecological balance. A lofty vision but one that the company is working towards every single day.
Seakura are pioneering the development of sustainable marine agriculture in Israel, and have developed advanced technologies that allow land-based seaweed to be grown while protecting the marine environment.
The Seakura Technology
At the Seakura farm in Israel they grow seaweed of the Ulva and Gracilaria varieties, using proprietary US Patent-Protected technology. This technology makes it possible to intensively grow macro seaweed at high density throughout the year, in a land-based facility while fully controlling all the growth conditions. This innovative method replaces sea-based growth in which the seaweed is exposed to various pollutants, including heavy metals and other harmful elements, as well as other environmental conditions which are less than optimal, and lead to the rate of growth and quality of the seaweed being damaged.
Seakura has recently developed a range of culinary products including Seaweed bread, Seaweed crackers, Seaweed pearls and a variety of spreads and fresh pasta, alongside a line of dietary supplements and eco sea soaps, As mindful and responsible eating becomes more popular across the globe, we would hope that companies like Seakura will be at the forefront of this change for the better. The seaweed also offers interesting solutions in other fields including medical, cosmetics, nutraceuticals and more.
Avital Harel, VP Marketing & Sales told us:
"We see seaweed as the food of the future. We believe that seaweeds are the core basis of food and nutrition for all living creatures on earth and it will be an inseparable component of the global food industry in the not so distant future. In these uncertain times where it seems COVID19 controls our everyday lives, Seakura continues growing and producing unparalleled quality macroalgae which are a vital source of whole food and nutrients for everyone."