Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Any Tecchie Bods Know If This Will Work

Two problems: excess CO2 and high food prices.

Proposed solution to both: burn coal, pass the CO2 through water-filled tubes to grow algae, convert algae into food.

Could algae be genetically modified to increase its protein %?

Update: I've done a bit more googling and discovered an edible algae called spirulina. There's a lot on wikipedia about algae and its cultivation. It's interesting stuff. There's potential for producing biodiesel as well as feedstuffs apparently but the anonymous comment raises a point about algae worthy of caution.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The answer is yes, but ...

The DNA content of many algae is higher than that of meat, and the metabolics products of the DNA are toxic. This problem has long inhibited the use of algae and bacteria as cattle feed supplements.

green girl said...

gallimaufry, spirulina is really good for you. i have been taking it for about three months now. i love it. i found this free ebook on the web if you are interested....

Gallimaufry said...

Many thanks green girl, yes please, I'm always interested in new foods. Coincidentally, Camilla Cavendish in today's Times is interested in algae:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/camilla_cavendish/article4069159.ece
If it's in the Times I can't be mad!