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The Transparent Facts about

Carrageenan

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A versatile product of

red seaweed,

carrageenan is used to thicken and
stabilize a variety of goods.
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Carrageenan has been determined to be

safe

by regulatory bodies

around the world including the U.S. FDA and the WHO.
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We never add any foreign chemicals

or pesticides to our carrageenan,

instead harvesting it sustainably and by hand.
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Carrageenan not only works

as a natural thickener,

but it can be used to reduce fat or sugar in products.
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Seaweed farmers harvest

200,000 metric tons

each year, providing coastal communities
with jobs around the world.

Why Carrageenan

Carrageenan is a versatile fiber used in a variety of foods, personal care products, pharmaceutical products and dietary supplements. It’s often used as a thickening agent in place of petrochemical and animal-based products. A product of red seaweed, it’s naturally kosher, halal and vegan. Carrageenan is safe and suitable for consumption. (The US Food and Drug Administration and World Health Organization agree).


Case Studies

  • FMC has partnered with seaweed farmers on the island of Guindacpan, Bohol for years. Traveling for health services, such as dental work, presents a challenge to members of this small island community, so team members at FMC Cebu, in partnership with the Indo-Pacific Sourcing Center for Warm Water Seaweed, organized a weeklong dental mission to the island in June 2013.

    Dental mission, June 2013,
  • In 2009 and 2012, FMC implemented its “Footwear for Farmers” program among the farmers on Pemba Island and in Madagascar. FMC recognized the need for safe, durable rubber boots for farmers to wear while harvesting their seaweed lines.

    Footwear for Farmers on Pemba Island, 2009 and 2012,
  • FMC has worked with seaweed farmers on Nosy Ankao, a small island off the coast of Madagascar, since 1999. In this time, members of FMC’s team learned that there was a need in the community for a proper school that wasn’t too distant from where the people lived and worked.

    Ecole La Pepiniere on Nosy Ankao, 2003,
  • Among farmers in Mjini Kiuyu on Pemba Island, there is large population of Muslim women. When speaking with the community here, FMC learned that in the absence of proper women’s-only latrines, women farmers were forced to return to their homes when they needed to use the bathroom.

    Latrines project on Pemba Island, 2013,
  • Mjini Kiuyu, a community where FMC has partnered since the 90’s, has about 300 farmers in FMC’s supply chain. In spending time with the community, members of FMC’s team learned of the need for a staircase from the shore to the seaweed drying structures.

    Stairway on Pemba Island, March 2013,
  • Seaweed aquaculture has grown significantly in the Philippines and Indonesia over the last 20 years. Supporting good stewardship of our natural resources by the communities where FMC operates is a part of the company’s DNA.

    Building community,