An increasing problem is global shortages of sustainable and healthy feed and food. Also, the world is looking for solutions that can mitigate climate change. Ocean Rainforest offers solutions on these problems based on cultivated seaweed which are among the fastest growing crops on the planet. To grow, they only need sunlight, CO2 and natural nutrients. When this productivity becomes commercially exploited and transferred to the large surface of the open-ocean, large quantities of CO2 can be absorbed, and in this way slow down climate change and reduce ocean acidification.
In North America and in Europe, seaweeds are a relatively underexploited resource, though they are the subject of an increasing interest for their potential as human food, animal feed, cosmetics, bioactive components, and biofuel. The interest in cultivating seaweed is driven by market demand and because of environmental concerns related to wild harvest of seaweed. The global commercial seaweed market size was valued at USD 11.1 billion in 2016 and is expected to register a CAGR of 8.9% in the period from 2016 until 2024.