FERN Looks at Dark Side of Seaweed Farming

In “Climate savior or ‘Monsanto of the sea’?,” Bridget Huber digs deep into seaweed farming, which is being hyped as a major weapon in the fight against climate change. But skeptics say the rush to build industrial-scale operations risks unintended consequences.

The story was shared to Coastal News Today (news aggregation source for coastal professionals), Food Policy Watch, The Daily Climate (climate news aggregation), Climate Change Resources (climate news aggregation), New Worlder (newsletter and podcast that explores the world of cuisine), Organikos (news aggregation), and Hacker News (social news site).

On Twitter, the story was engaged with by UN Environment Programme New York (2.4K followers), UN University – EHS (The Institute for Environment & Human Security, 11.2K followers), Ocean Economy UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 642 followers), Mission Climate Sustainability (raising awareness on environmental issues, 1.4K followers), Olorukoti Resource and Knowledge Center (a center for Indigenous peoples that currently has a membership of 52 groups. located in Kenya. 547 followers), Bitter Southerner (46.2K followers), Clare Leschin-Hoar (reporter, 1.4K followers), Tara Duggan (reporter at San Francisco Chronicle, 9.2K followers), Katy Keiffer (Heritage Radio, 615 followers), S.E. Smith (reporter, 24K followers), Woodcock Foundation (532 followers), Akua (company that makes kelp-based food products. 3K followers), Neighborhood Economics (provides entrepreneurial opportunities in disenfranchised neighborhoods. 950 followers), and Dr. Aurora M Ricart (researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Oceans Sciences, 1.2K followers).

On Facebook, we saw shares of the story by Citizens of the Blue Planet (public group) and Conservation Study Circle (enviro conservation org).

On Instagram, the piece was engaged with by Society of Environmental Journalists (1.8K followers), Farms for Tomorrow podcast (7.9K followers), Moonwater Farm (urban farm in Los Angeles, 6.5K followers), Rafael De la Uz (photographer, 516 followers), Jocelyn C. Zuckerman (reporter, 471 followers), Kathryn Henniss (writer, 590 followers), Sarah Bee Girl (beegirl.org, 35.4K followers), Rebecca Maldonado (climate activist, 180 followers), and Suzanne Ventura (sustainability consultant, 2K followers).

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