Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […]

Algae Cultivation: Good for Human Health and the Environment Alike

(DGIwire) – Could cultivating algae not only improve human health but also help the environment as well? Yes, according to a recent article in the science magazine Cosmos. As the article notes, these fast-growing, single-celled plants can provide high-quality nutrition for a rapidly growing global human population. According to the magazine, the global market for […]

Can Algae Revolutionize Dietary Supplements and Food Ingredients?

(DGIwire) – Do any natural products offer a host of advantages that could substantially improve the quality of today’s dietary supplements and food ingredients? According to a recent article in Food Manufacturing, indeed there are: certain strains of algae. As the article reports, these algal strains—which incorporate unique blends of protein, fiber, micronutrients and non-starch […]

Three Organic and Sustainable Food Trends in 2018

(DGIwire) – The popularity of organic and sustainable food is at an all-time high, driven in part by its popularity among millennials. In fact, according to Forbes, organic food currently represents 5.3 percent of total retail food sales in the U.S. What are some of the specific developments to look for this year as greater […]

Get Ready for the Algae Revolution in the Kitchen

(DGIwire) – Algae are easy to grow and packed with protein, reports Fast Company—attributes that could fuel what the magazine calls an “algae revolution” in people’s diets. Algae is already used into baking mixes, cookies, milk, nondairy creamers, vegan eggs, salad dressing, ice cream, smoothies and protein powders, to name a few products. Why is […]

Using Algae to Promote Animal Health

(DGIwire) – In the ongoing quest to improve animal health, one of the most promising avenues involves phytogenics: the use of plant-derived products in animal feed. A recent article in Animal Pharm spotlighted how algae can be harnessed to develop a pipeline of beneficial product candidates. According to the magazine, significant strides have been made […]

Plant-Based Protein: A Healthy Trend

(DGIwire) – Consumers are trying to add more plants into their diets. According to market research firm 1010data, plant-based protein powder made up 78 percent of all online “plant-based” sales in the 52 weeks ending July 2017. Additionally, reports Nutra Ingredients USA, searches for “plant-based” in online retail platforms tripled from March 2016 to July […]

Greener Drugs: The Role of Algae in Pharmaceutical Development

(DGIwire) – Marine algae are receiving growing attention as sources of bioactive compounds and are being considered for the pharmaceutical industry in drug development. A 2016 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology outlined some of the potential applications of this burgeoning field. Different types of algae possess distinct potential uses in medicine. As […]

Could Algae Help Lead to New Treatment for Osteoarthritis?

  (DGIwire) – Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered to be the most common joint disease in the United States, affecting more than 30 million adults, according to Medical News Today. But research recently published in the journal Biomaterials Science suggests a new avenue for treatment: algae. As noted by Medical News Today, experiments in vitro have […]

3 Cool Things to Know About Algae

(DGIwire) – Everyone has a rough idea of what algae are—but few may appreciate their true versatility. Here, courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a division of the US Department of Energy, are three cool insights about this fascinating form of plant life: Algae is ubiquitous: There are thousands of different […]

Algae, Not Antibiotics: Why Animal Feed Should Go Green

(DGIwire) – In late 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put into place a major new policy to phase out the unrestricted use of antibiotics in cows, pigs and chickens over the following three years. Antibiotics were used as growth promoters, but according to a report in The New York Times, experts say this […]

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