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The reason this industry is allowed on the Norwegian coast is because scientists say it is safe.
We can only suppose that this is the case – because we really don’t know.
All indications are that it is not.
What we do know is that this industries activities are an experiment – that is insofar as the Norwegian state knows –
what we do know is that FMC biopolymer has more knowledge on how this works worldwide than any government or scientific organization – why?
Because they’ve been harvesting and observing worldwide since the 50s.
In that time we know that many countries have had their seaweed beds destroyed by overharvesting. Information is well-buried.
We found some from our state run Niva.
Here is the paper concerned http://rapp.niva.no/symfoni/RappArkiv4.nsf/URL/C125730900460902C125715600290425/$FILE/5150_200dpi.pdf
This says that after taretråling – seaweed dredging – 2% of the original animal life is left
Further reading shows puzzlement from the authors as to why FMC health and nutrition needs the entire coast to harvest when the actual area needed according to the figures is only 87 square kilometers.
We suspect it is to do with the first snip – animal life reduced to 2% of its original. We know that the alginate extract requires minimal animal life and that marine organisms spread from unharvested areas so they are very simply trying to destroy as much animal life as they can – with of course the permission of our politicians and ably abetted by various state run marine protection organizations – this is wholly unacceptable. Essentially it means that millions of animals/seabirds are starving to death because there is no food.
Because harvesting occurs every 4th year and the animals take between 5 and 9 years to return to their former population levels it is estimated that only 8% of the original life returns.