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Algae changing the way producers feed

The time may come when feed mills will have a difficult time sourcing corn, soybean meal, cottonseed, urea, distillers grains, blood meal, and fishmeal. With daily news articles focusing on how the agricultural industry can produce enough food to feed an additional 3 billion people by 2050, the task for locating a secure source of protein may soon prove to be a daunting undertaking for the feed industry.

Many feed companies are starting to look beyond available protein sources on land. Algae is the new game changer in the animal feed industry. Algae contributes to the air people breathe, producing nearly 50 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere and directly supporting the ocean life.

There are an estimated 800,000 species of algae that range from single-celled microorganisms to multi-celled organisms, such as the 200-foot long giant kelp. Algae produces carbohydrates, oils, protein, vitamins, pigments and organic materials. Since they are aquatic, algae grow much faster than land plants as they do not have to expend energy growing roots and support structures like trunks, leaves and stems. Without the need for support, algae can triple or quadruple their biomass every day. While land plants only grow in one direction, algae can grow in all directions. This rapid growth means that 1 acre of algae can produce the same amount of protein in a year as 21 acres of soybeans or 49 acres of corn.

These microalgae are also able to offer more nutritional benefits for consumers. Besides seeing an increase in immunity, a decrease in mortality and increased litter size in their herds, producers who utilize feeds with this type of algae will also be able to further brand their products as value-added Omega-3 enriched for consumers.

Beside the nutritional improvement that microalgae can bring to feeds and food, it is the only biomass material that allows production with daily harvest all year round. This could bring more security to an ever-changing feed market, and provide some options for feed mills around the world.

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Date: 6/24/2013


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