Texas-based nutrition company Qualitas Health is scaling up its algae production to provide a new source of omega-3s for over-the-counter supplements. Algae also is a potent source of protein.
Usually fish provide omega-3, but because global fisheries are in jeopardy, it's becoming increasingly difficult to meet consumers' demand for supplements.
Industry insiders and mainstream media have noticed the emergence of algae as a crop.
Qualitas Health facilities are located in West Texas and New Mexico. These regions provide cheap land that have brackish groundwater, an ideal environment to grow algae.
Qualitas hopes to eventually use the algae it grows for not just omega-3, but also for protein. The potential there is immense. One acre of algae can produce as much protein as 300 acres of peas.