Worldwide, about 90% of all algae are used for food purposes. In Europe, it is only 9%. The major challenge of the ValgOrize project is to develop sustainable, controlled production and processing of high-quality algae in Europe and to promote algae consumption in Europe.
The objectives are:
- To develop equipment allowing the sustainable cultivation of algae (macro-algae and microalgae)
- To ensure an innovative transformation
- To develop products of high quality in terms of health and taste
- To promote this innovative sector to consumers
Over the next three years, NAUSICAA, National Sea Center, along with 11 other partners: seaweed producers, associations, universities and research institutes will increase their knowledge about the most popular species of seaweed and microalgae. Four aspects will be highlighted: taste, flavour, texture and colour.
NAUSICAA will be in charge of the communication and promotion actions of the ValgOrize project on the French territory. Thanks to the expertise of the Mr.Goodfish programme on sustainable consumption of seafood products, the National Sea Centre will organise activities and tasting events to promote algae consumption to professional and the public at large.
The ValgOrize project combines an innovative approach towards zero waste, according to which seaweed production will benefit from a recycling process where the waste produced as part of this culture will be used in agriculture as natural fertilizer or in animal feed.
This project is part of the Blue Society initiated by NAUSICAA, which aims to provide the needs of the society in a spirit of positive growth based on the immense potential offered by the ocean. It is based on the responsible use of marine resources, as well as the development of innovative technologies and new products that generate jobs and economic resources.