Pond scum could be next big food trend replacing meat and helping to save the planet

[USA] As the population of the world increases and more extreme weather patterns – like droughts, floods and ­heatwaves – become more frequent thanks to climate change, land for farming will get more sparse. So, the need to find new ways to boost food production is essential.

This could be the next big food trend replacing meat and helping to save the planet, according to scientists.

As the population of the world increases and more extreme weather patterns – like droughts, floods and ­heatwaves – become more frequent thanks to climate change, land for farming will get more sparse.

Spirulina can be added to smoothies and soups (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

So, the need to find new ways to boost food production is essential.

Cambridge University academic Professor Alison Smith says microalgae, such as Spirulina and Chlorella – the green slime on the surface of stagnant water – could be the answer.

And she says these so-called ­superfoods are found to be rich in B ­vitamins, iron and protein making them a viable alternative to meat, fish, eggs and dairy.

It can also be grown in all sorts of ­locations, such as in snow, or even on a garden patio, opening up opportunities in overcrowded towns and cities.

 

Photo: Changing colour: Green algae blooming in the Chaohu Lake (Image: Barcroft)

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