Coming from a biomedical and biotechnological background, Erwin Houtzager, the initiator behind Phycom, first turned his attention to the consequences of food shortages and changing dietary patterns in 2008. He then launched an initiative to strengthen both the availability and quality of food for animal and men – with the introduction of microalgae as a serious food source.
Microalgae grow very rapidly and contain a wide range of essential nutrients, including both macro- and micronutrients. Provided they are cultivated using the right technology, algae are among the most sustainable and nutritious food crops. The cultivation of microalgae requires very little water and land. There is little to no loss of minerals and the energy requirements are minimal. Unlike most crops, algae can be wholly consumed, so there is virtually no food loss. In a nutshell, microalgae promise to bridge the food gap.
Erwin Houtzager, Founder of Phycom
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