Sticky, unsavoury, invasive... In the West, algae do not always have a good reputation. However, until ancient times, they were integrated into everyday life. "It is thanks to the omega-3 they contain that Sapiens has been able to develop a high-performance brain," says Vincent Doumeizel, author of TheAlgae Revolution (Ed. Ecuador) and advisor to the oceans at the UN. This thousand-year-old link was broken 2,000 years ago under the influence of a Mediterranean culture not conducive to algae with its too hot and stagnant waters. It is not the same everywhere: in Asia, they are eaten as frequently as lettuce here. However, in recent years, they have been making a comeback in our latitudes, used in cosmetology, pharmacopoeia, as an alternative to plastic or cotton – the German start-up Vyld is developing, for example, seaweed-based sanitary tampons.
In a world that is going haywire, algae are a solution
Vincent Doumeizel, UN Oceans Advisor
For Vincent Doumeizel, "in a world that is going out of whack, algae represent...
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