There Is Now Nutrient-Rich Algae That Tastes Just Like Bacon, Because Science

This has been something that had been going around word-of-mouth for months…

The Pacific Northwest gives us lots of great consumables: Harry and David pears and wine that’ll help you burn fat among them. And now scientists at Oregon State University have developed an algae that reportedly tastes like pork belly.

Source: There Is Now Nutrient-Rich Algae That Tastes Just Like Bacon, Because Science

The article contains a link to a website (maine seaweed) from which you can purchase a similar product. it costs $32/lb + $15 for shipping.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average price of sliced bacon in august 2015 was $5.41 per pound in US cities, and $4.78 per pound in the Midwest.  That’s just a function of pricing a new product with no scale.  But how many vegetarian/vegan alternatives do you know of that retail for less than their mainstream counterpart?  Meat production is also heavily subsidized, which reduces the price drastically.

Vitamin loaded, fat free, basically calorie free, good protein/calorie ratio bacon?  First, the article is clear that already available dulce is not bacon flavoured.  Second, what I can’t currently find is remotely definitive nutritional data on dulce… which likely can’t be assumed against this engineered strain of dulce.  Going on the article comparing the nutritional value of kale, I’m worried that the vitamin K content is a concern.  But for most other types of seaweed, vitamin K is present (but not much).

Your Next Yoga Mat Might Be Made From Algae

It’s the last thing you want to find floating on your backyard pool, but a Mississippi-based company called Bloom has developed a way to turn algae, that green slimy goo that makes it unpleasant to swim in a lake, into eco-friendly foam for use in yoga mats, sandals, or luggage.

Source: Your Next Yoga Mat Might Be Made From Algae

This is great and all, but does it suffer from the same drawback that limits other bioplastics? namely, does the process of polymerization prevent it from being biodegradable?

Farmed Salmon Is Dyed From Gray To Pink So Consumers Won’t Freak Out

They could always bring back the old gem: “Guaranteed not to go pink in the can”.

So distinctive is salmon’s orangey-pink hue that Crayola named a crayon after it. It’s an accurate representation of the flesh of wild salmon, but not that of farmed salmon, whose meat is naturally gray. Or at least, it would be, if salmon farmers didn’t spike their artificial diet with pink-ifying pellets.

…Thanks to a 2003 lawsuit, they have to alert customers to the fact of “added” coloring.

Source: The Costliest Part of Feeding Farmed Salmon: A Pill That Turns Them Pink

The more disheartening part of the article is how the farmed salmon provide less nutritional value.  But given the fact of the colour from diet vs pill, it’s not entirely surprising.

Seaweed’s Hidden Uses

The humble seaweed may best be known for its ability to encase morsels of sticky rice and raw fish (not to mention spa-goers) but this plant-like organism has slowly worked its way into an impressive variety of human industries over the past 15 centuries. Now one can find seaweed, or at least one of its many prized extracts, in everything from toothpaste to wound dressings.

Source: From Ice Cream to Toothpaste: Seaweed’s Hidden Uses