Astronaut food, women’s rights, and the rise of spirulina

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September 25, 2014 by Tess Riley

Schoolchildren in Madurai on a spirulina nutrition programme

Schoolchildren in Madurai on a spirulina nutrition programme

Hailed by health obsessives as the superfood to conquer all and keep us wrinkle-free, spirulina may be able to play another, much more significant role as a way to combat malnutrition in developing countries.

The contrast is a stark one, putting our incessant western search for nutritional nirvana into harsh context. But unlike other superfoods such as coconut water, there are as yet few indications that western consumption of spirulina is detrimental to those producing it – in fact, so far quite the opposite.

However, spirulina’s rise to fame raises broader questions about uneven global food distribution that will leave a sour taste in your mouth long after you’ve swallowed your superfood smoothie.

Ready to find out more? Head to the Guardian here, where I’ve examined the ins and outs of the rise of spirulina, including its use as astronaut food. Super superfood? Quite possibly…

 

A spirulina production site in Madurai

A spirulina production site in Madurai

 

 

 

 

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