By now, algae have reached a kind of superstar status: as climate savers, biofuel producers but mainly as food of the future. Can a small plant really be the solution for our big problems?
Algae definitely have the potential for it. They have been used in Asian cuisine for thousands of years- for example for sushi. For us, however, it is more important to identify and evaluate new food resources. The big challenges of our society like climate change, population growth and food security require a rethinking in the use of resources. In particular micro algae could play an important role in the future because they are rich in protein and healthy fats. And they are very simple to produce. Especially when taking a circular economy into account, we need to ask ourselves: How can we use food at as an early stage as possible that can be reproduced easily? And in this respect, algae are a very promising candidate.