Livestocks aquacultural feed is made of a mixture of organic and chemical feed, and many feed companies are starting to make their own.
But one company that has caught the eye of the food industry is an online food retailer, Feedmaster, which is already selling feed made from the algae of the sea urchin Eucalyptus aurantium.
The algae is also grown in large quantities in China and elsewhere, and the algae has been known to thrive in a nutrient-poor environment.
The product has been available on Feedmaster’s website since October and it sells for about $50 a pound.
Feedmaster says it makes use of “natural enzymes, enzymes from the sea, and nutrients from the oceans,” and the company says it does not use artificial feed additives.
The company says its algae feeds are also made of “the highest quality of raw ingredients and can be used for food storage and processing, or used for use in aquacultures.”
The company has not disclosed how many of its feed has been sold, but Feedmaster told CNBC in an email that it is a relatively small portion of its total inventory.
Feedmaster says its Eucys are fed by “an array of certified organic fish and marine fish feed” and says the algae feeds do not contain any antibiotics, hormones or growth factors.