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Episode 23 - Asparagopsis

We already choose between free-range and caged eggs. Grass-fed or grain-fed beef. Our guest today says it’s only a matter of time before we add a low emissions option to the supermarket aisle. The reason, is a native seaweed that grows abundantly off the West Australian Coast. The CSIRO has found this unique red seaweed called asparagopsis can reduce methane emissions by 80-95 per cent when used as a feed supplement. SeaStock has now become the nation’s third and WA’s first company licensed to farm this fascinating crop. For more, we speak with managing director Tom Puddy whose office is the pristine waters of the Abrolhos Islands on this incredible water-based farm.

  • Tom’s favourite aspect of aquaculture and some of his farming background.

  • The beginnings of SeaStock and the passion Tom has for this product which can reduce methane emissions by 80-95 per cent.

  • Working with James Cook University and the CSIRO to licence, grow and harvest asparagopsis to be able to convert it into a dietary supplement for meat producers.

  • SeaStock is in a trial phase and Tom shares the interest in this product from farmers.

  • The carbon credit economy that’s starting to gain momentum and the increased interest from consumers.

  • The estimated impact this product could have on carbon emissions in Australia.

  • How eating seaweed actually reduce methane.

  • How this product could help the government’s quest to reach net zero by 2050.

  • The science behind this project and how this has secured Tom’s belief in its importance.

  • The carbon credit opportunities for meat producers at both ends of the supply chain.

  • What Tom loves most about working in both agriculture and aquaculture.

  • The most unexpected thing to result from working with asparagopsis.

  • The most common misconception about livestock production.

  • The ultimate dream for the future of SeaStock.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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