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2011 International Algae Competition News
Algae is an Evolutionary Advance in Sustainable Food Production
May 2011
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Australia, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, France, Germany, Myanmar, New Zealand, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States
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Bamboo Book Bamboo Architecture in Competition and Exhibition by Robert Henrikson and David Greenberg  

Fascinating bamboo building and designs from around the world from the International Bamboo Building Design Competition.  

The 2007 Bamboo Competition was a predecessor of the Algae Competition. This is the second book showcasing finalists and award winners. Publications like this are planned for the 2011 Algae Competition.
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Competition Schedule

Registration opens January 11 through September 11. Submission deadline is October 11, 2011. Finalists will be announced February 12, 2012. The Algae Competition has three tracks.  

Over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. Finalists will receive international media recognition and will be included in books, publications and exhibitions to be held around the world in 2012.


Algae, the original life form on this planet, combined with new methods of cultivation, offers humanity the next productive food solution at this moment in history. Some envision huge centralized algae farms that will produce food and energy on a vast scale. With emerging technology, others envision a distributed model of smaller networked family and community algae microfarms, growing algae for valuable food and biomedicines for the nearby region.


Local food production avoids the increasing cost of transportation fuels and redistributes profits currently extracted by remote corporations all along the value chain in the multi-level food distribution system. A higher portion of the value of food sold is returned to producers, rewarding them and creating greater income equality and self-sufficiency, for a more just and stable social fabric.


Over the past 30 years, many people have asked how they can grow algae themselves, in their own back yard. In fact, small-scale algae farming has been tested for 30 years all over the world.

French Microfarms

One example comes from France where a cooperative of 50 spirulina algae microfarmers support each other's success. They have created a school curriculum for growing algae. Growers produce their own products and selling directly in their community and local region.


Soon, remote sensing devices linked with cell phone apps may assist basic functions of algae culture monitoring and diagnosis. This will allow local algae growers to consult with remote algae experts on how to maintain a healthy culture in their small production systems.


Growing food in cities and urban areas may become critical as fuel costs rise, making transported food increasingly expensive. On a small land area, a community could meet a portion of its food requirements from microalgae, freeing cropland for community recreation or reforestation.


Unlike plans for algae biofuels that require mega farms, algae foods can be produced on a small scale. As new technologies and systems design arrive, algae microfarming will be less costly. Progress will make growing easier and more accessible for more people around the world. Ecological communities can combine algae production with aquaculture and organic community gardens.


Microscopic algae are essential for individual and planetary health and restoration. It represents a return to the origins of life. Algae offers us a new paradigm for abundance and security.

How will algae production systems (APS) be integrated into future landscapes, farms and eco-communities and what will they look like and how will they work? Design integrated APS into future landscapes, farms, cities, buildings and eco-communities.
What are the best designs, engineering and systems for algae production to work effectively and economically on a community scale or distributed model?  Develop working models and designs for APS and microfarms.
What will be the next algae foods and recipes and the future uses of algae as a food and feed ingredient that will transform our health?
Create menus and new food products incorporating algae as a featured ingredient
We hope you will join the 2011 International Algae Competition.  Please forward this newsletter to someone who might be interested. 
Best Green Wishes,

Robert Henrikson and Mark Edwards for the International Algae Competition 

Green Solar GardensSpirulina World FoodSpirulina World Food
How this micro algae can transform
your health and our planet.

y Robert Henrikson

Green Solar Gardens
Algae's promise to end world hunger. by Mark Edwardss
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