IIMSAM Official Dr. Naseer Homoud Urged Governments to Consider Usage of Spirulina
IIMSAM Middle East Director & Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Naseer Homoud urged Governments to consider Spirulina as the most effective tool in fighting menace of hunger and malnutrition. He advocates for extensive use of Spirulina – the food of future, in fighting global hunger and malnutrition.
Dr. Homoud urged for extensive cultivation, usage and distribution of Spirulina for obvious benefits of using spirulina in humanitarian emergencies are that it can be taken directly from the packet; it does not require refrigeration or mixing with scarce clean water; it can be stored for years; and can be smoothly consumed by critically ill children. Spirulina also provides high concentrations of many other nutrients like amino acids, chelated minerals, photosynthetic pigments, rhamnose sugars (complex natural plant sugars), trace elements, enzymes, fatty acids that are in an easily assimilable form. It use in human, animal, agricultural and nutritional needs has been well documented and researched.
Given the nature, gravity and extent of hunger and malnutrition in the most populated and underdeveloped parts of the world, the United Nations has passed resolutions for its spread and use. The need is to promote, develop and apply the technologies with the human capital, state agencies, and civil society to ensure its production on an everyday basis. Only an all out attack on hunger and malnutrition by spreading the use of spirulina can end them. It represents a real life source also for victims of famine and for all those people suffering from high levels of malnutrition. Spirulina is a solution to the tragic problem of malnutrition due to poverty or food emergency.
IIMSAM Goodwill Ambassador further added “In addition to the basic problem of hunger and malnutrition, the use and spread of spirulina are also being insinuated in case of averting various other diseases like cancer, hay fever, herpes infection, high cholesterol, hives, HIV infection, liver protection, weight loss, tissue degeneration, negative mutations, high urine radioactivity, zinc deficiency diseases, obesity, oral cancer, hypochronic anemia, malaria, diabetes, etc. cultivation of spirulina has its own advantages in today’s times of global warming and climate change as its ecological cultivation does not cause pollution, soil erosion, water contamination or forest destruction, and is efficient as far as land use, water use, land occupation and energy consumption are concerned, making spirulina production to maintain resource advantages over conventional foods”. He further stressed that another notable feature is its use in agriculture instead of chemical fertilizers, and as a colourant and protein supplement in poultry and livestock feeds. These aspects are very much related with the aspects of poverty, hunger and malnutrition.