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Landmark event celebrates Irish seaweed farming

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Hosted by The Seaweed Company, Seaposium 2024 celebrated the sustainable seaweed farming industry alongside the official opening of the Company’s new processing facility in County Donegal.

An opening ceremony.
The official opening of The Seaweed Company’s new processing facility was led by Charlie McConalogue

© The Seaweed Company

Seaposium ‘24, a landmark event celebrating sustainable Irish seaweed farming and processing, was hosted by The Seaweed Company - a sustainable seaweed producer - earlier this month in Donegal.

Various breakout sessions were organised throughout the event to explore how the development of the seaweed industry might be accelerated. Seaposium also included “Turtle Talks” - a series of insightful discussions hosted by Peter Green from the Paxtier podcast and Joost Wouters, chief executive of The Seaweed Company. The talks covered topics such as the scalability of seaweed as a climate intervention and the potential impact of a scaled seaweed industry.

Interactive workshops took deep dives upon topics such as the EU regenerative ocean farming project C-FAARER, during which the drivers and barriers around scaling the seaweed sector in Ireland were discussed. Another deep dive analysed the role of premium ingredients in reducing industry CO2 impact.

Additionally, the event featured the official opening of The Seaweed Company’s new processing facility by Irish Minister Charlie McConalogue of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The event was attended by key state agencies including BIM, Údarás, Bord Bia, EU Commissions department DG Mare, and the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, marking a significant milestone in scaling the seaweed industry in Ireland and beyond.

“The Seaweed Company is dedicated to transforming our food system for a more sustainable and healthy future and Seaposium ‘24 showcases the potential of seaweed as a vital ingredient in creating a greener, healthier world,” commented Wouters, in a press release from the company.

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