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Seaweed or Sea Vegetables


According to the dictionary, a weed is a plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one growing where it is not wanted. So while most aquatic plants are pegged as “seaweeds” the Japanese refer to them as sea vegetables.

Many of the aquatic plants are of great value for both the ecological system in which they live and for human consumption. Algin, a chemical found in aquatic plants is used in toothpaste, shampoo, beer, and many other products and in some places in the US “seaweeds” are the basis of some very productive industries. Kelp is found in ice cream.


 
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Study links Treasure Valley to Snake River Algae - Researchers from the US Geological Survey say farms and sewer systems in the Treasure Valley region are dumping enough phosphorus into the Boise River to contribute to algae blooms and fish kills in the lower Snake River.


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