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The Supplement Industry Is Devastating The Environment–Can Algae Fix It?

Source: Fast Company

Qualitas Health, a Texas-based nutrition company, just inked an expansion deal that’ll triple their algae production capabilities, and position their omega-3-rich products as a more sustainable alternative to nutrients derived from fish and animals.

Over the course of the last decade, the U.S. developed an obsession with omega-3 fatty acids. As study after study coalesced around the idea that this nutrient, found commonly in seafood, could alleviate a host of woes from cardiovascular issues to mental decline, Americans began popping omega-3 supplements, mostly in the form of fish oil pills, by the bushel. It became a multibillion dollar industry.