The Truth About Wildcrafting

FACT: The quality of a Sea Moss is based only on how clean the water is in which it grows. Rocks or the harvesting method of wildcrafting bears no impact on a Sea Moss’s quality.

What is Wildcrafting? Wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants from their natural, or ‘wild’ habitat, primarily for food or medicine purposes. The practice of wildcrafting can be done on land or ocean. Wildcrafting is not unique or exclusive to Sea Moss harvesting. 

Myth: ‘Wildcrafted’ is a type of Sea Moss.  

Is Wildcrafting Sea Moss harmful to our planet? Yes. Now that there is a world wide explosion of demand for what is now called a ‘SuperFood’ Sea Moss, the widespread commercial wildcrafting of Sea Moss is putting tremendous pressure on sustainable harvesting and management procedures that are no longer being followed. With the demand and lack of regulatory oversight, our ecosystem is being destroyed. In addition to the harmful effects to our environment, wildcrafted seaweed is taken from a balanced environment that really needs it to be where it is as a food source for other localized marine life, and it is a key part of sustaining the immediate habitat. What wildcrafting seaweed fails to do is to put ‘more’ seaweed into the oceans than it takes out.

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What are the benefits of Open-Ocean Harvesting of Sea Moss? 

1. Open-Ocean Harvesting eliminates Dead Zones.  Dead Zones are oxygen depleted large swaths of ocean waters, caused by tons of nutrients from fertilizer use and sewage spewed from human waste water. Dead zones become oceanic deserts, devoid of normal aquatic biodiversity.  Open-Ocean Harvesting of Sea Moss increases the health of the water by helping to reduce the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and acidity (pH) levels in the water. Replenishing the water’s oxygen.

2. Open-Ocean Harvesting increases the volume of Sea Moss in our oceans, unlike Wildcrafted Harvesting that depletes the volume of Sea Moss.

3. Open-Ocean Harvesting eliminates the harmful environmental impact on our ecosystems.

4. Open-Ocean Harvesting provides an ethical standard for sustainability for our planet. 

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5. Open-Ocean Harvesting increases the amount of Seaweed and Sea Moss, the more oxygen being produced which helps mitigate global warming, and the water is alkalized as a result. Think of this as the ocean’s version of a tree planting program. With more seaweed comes more oxygen. 

6. Seaweed and Sea Moss can play a huge role in fighting climate change by absorbing carbon emissions, regenerating marine ecosystems, creating biofuel and renewable plastics as well as generating marine protein. Seaweed along with Sea Moss is in fact the most effective way of absorbing carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Unlike tree planting, seaweed does not require fresh water or fertilizers and grows at a much faster rate than trees. But it’s biggest comparative advantage is that it does not compete for demands on land. Since 2014, seaweed has increasingly been in the spotlight as a solution for climate change due to its ability to offset carbon, be a sustainable food source, and its regenerative properties for ocean ecosystems. 

Should I buy wildcrafted Sea Moss? Purchasing Sea Moss is no different than when you go to your local grocery store. Every time you make a decision to purchase you are placing a ‘VOTE’ on what items you want to have your grocer carry. Processed foods, or healthy organic foods. In this case your decision on which supplier you buy from will be your ‘VOTE” on what impact our planet will have from a supplier who sources and grows sustainably or a supplier who condones the practice of wildcrafting.

Myth: Wildcrafted Sea Moss is better quality. False! As mentioned earlier it is the water conditions that dictate a Sea Moss’s quality. This is a common unethical marketing practice designed only to increase a company’s sales. Profit before Truth!

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