ISRAEL - Aquaculture Can Relieve Global Food Crisis

Arno Froese

It might not sound very tasty, but researchers at Tel Aviv University and Haifa’s Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute (IOLR) have developed an innovative method for growing an unlimited amount of seaweed boosted with vitamins, minerals, healthful carbohydrates, proteins and dietary fiber for both human and animal needs.

The research was led by doctoral student Doron Ashkenazi, under the guidance of Prof. Avigdor Abelson from Tel Aviv University’s School of Zoology and George Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, with Prof. Alvaro Israel of IOLR. The article was published under the title “Enrichment of nutritional compounds in seaweeds via abiotic stressors in integrated aquaculture” in the scientific journal Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies.

Seaweed is a rich food source that meets all human nutritional needs, the team noted. In that way, it is reminiscent of the biblical manna that fed the ancient Israelites in the desert. It will also be possible to use the enriched seaweed for other health industries, for example as nutritional supplements, as medicine and in the cosmetics industry.

“Seaweed can be regarded as a natural superfood, more abundant in the necessary components of the human diet than other food sources,” Ashkenazi added.

“Technologies of this type are undoubtedly a model for a better future for humanity, a future in which humans live happily and peacefully and in good health in their environment.”, 1 September 2022

Arno's Commentary

Research originating from the land of Israel is not surprising at all. They have, they are, and they will lead when it comes to identifying food production possibilities.

Which country eats the most seaweed? The Republic of Korea is the largest consumer of seaweed foods. Koreans provide the basis of an industry that harvests 6 million tons worldwide annually, at a value of more than $5 billion.

Here we are reminded of Exodus 16:14-15: “And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground. And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.” This speaks of supernatural intervention by God on behalf of His people, Israel. Now, Israel is showing the world the nutritional value of something that is available in abundance: seaweed.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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