With its capacity to act as a carbon sink, seaweed farming is naturally regenerative, creating a net-positive impact on the planet's health. It can even directly reduce harm caused by land-based farming, since cultivated seaweed soaks up excess nutrients from coastal waters that are often plagued by fertilizer run-off.
AKUA sources its kelp from majority women-owned ocean farms in Maine. A pack of 12 frozen burgers retails for USD 48. In addition to selling directly to consumers, AKUA's products are stocked by 70 brick-and-mortar stores in the US.
* The Dutch Weed Burger also makes a popular seaweed patty, and was recently acquired by LIVEKINDLY Collective. But the main ingredients in Dutch Weed burgers are water, rice flour and soy, with seaweed at 10.1%. In AKUA's burger, the main ingredient is kelp, followed by mushrooms (and no soy).