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Seaweed Workshop: In soil, for livestock, for human food and nutritional therapy, seaweed is reclaiming its place throughout the food chain, replenishing soil ecology and mineral balance.
This workshop is based on a BANT approved course on seaweed for food and health, designed for nutritional therapists and aims to be interactive with opportunities throughout to ask questions and discuss. It will provide an overview of seaweed species, the diversity, harvesting techniques and sustainability and good practice.
The historic uses of seaweed will be explored, demonstrating the benefits and important future of seaweed within the food chain. Furthermore, the workshop will provide insight into the wide ranging benefits and uses of seaweed for health and nutritional therapy.
Simon Ranger gained international experience in brand development for more than two decades and set up Seagreens in the late 1990s to “get a daily gram of the best seaweed into the human diet”. An initial joint venture in Norwegian Lapland led to establishing a new production facility in Scotland in 2009 which won the 2010 Crown Estate Business Award for Marine Enterprise. Seeing food ingredients as an important route to achieving the brand’s founding aims, he focused on the scientific research of seaweed as a nutritious whole food ingredient. In 2010 a Seagreens pilot study in obesity received the Alpro Foundation Matsters Award for Sheffield Hallam Universtity.
Craig Rose PhD studied for his degrees in marine biology at Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine science. Since finishing his PhD, Craig established SEA consultants as an environmental marine consultancy. A key project over an 18month period was the management of the commercial research and development of seaweed for bioenergy. Consequently, on recognising the immense potential in seaweed as a positive and sustainable source of nutrition and energy, Craig left the company to focus exclusively on seaweeds. At the start of 2011 he was honoured to be invited to be the Executive Director of the Seaweed Health Foundation.The Seaweed Health Foundation is an independent and not-for-profit forum for research, and to raise awareness of the benefits of human food quality seaweed for food and health.