Algae are produced and consumed throughout the world for centuries. They are especially appreciated in Asian cuisine for their high nutritional value and distinct salty or umami taste. In recent years they are becoming a stander ingredient in vegan dishes in the West. Outside of the culinary realm, algae have turned into a go-to feedstock for sustainable industrial applications such as biodegradeable plastics. Moreover, their productions helps improving ocean health by reducing carbon dioxide, phosphorus and nitrogen in marine ecosystems. They are also a nursery and hide-out for many marine animals, promoting underwater biodiversity.
Despite all the above, the uptake of algae production and consumption in Europe is slow. In comes the EU4Algae Forum! Together with all relevant stakeholders within the European algae sector, we aim to scale up a regenerative, resilient, fair and climate friendly algae industry, as well as bring more novel algae species to the market.
The platform is a unique space for collaboration among European algae stakeholders, including algae farmers, producers, sellers, consumers, technology developers as well as business-support organisations, investors, public authorities, academia, researchers and NGOs. It also acts as a single information hub on algae funding calls, projects, business-related information, intelligence and best practices.