Omega-3 is traditionally obtained from oily fish like anchovies, but Nuseed has developed a variety of rapeseed that is capable of producing two of the main long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, EPA and DHA, that make up the oil.
The end product, called Nutriterra, comes to Aquaterra, also from the Nuseed family, as the first product to receive the new plant-based certification from Friend of the Sea. It was developed using innovative plant-to-plant biotechnology to nourish microalgae with the renewable rapeseed that “saves the oceans and protects the land according to Friend of the Sea certification guidelines.”
“Consumers are deeply concerned about the health of the oceans. Nuseed’s sophisticated technology has the potential to double the global supply of DHA without depleting marine resources. Consumers are also looking for better tasting options. Nutriterra provides a complete omega-3 diet with a milder sensory experience than marine oils, ”said Benita Boettner, Nuseed Nutrition General Manager, in a press release.
Oilseed rape is a crop rotation that improves the soil and increases the yield of subsequent plantings. The Friend of the Sea logo, awarded to Nutriterra, guarantees the sustainable production of these plants and compliance with the following criteria:
- Protection of the ecosystem.
- Protection of wild fauna and flora.
- Protection of soil and water resources.
- Prohibition of the use of dangerous substances.
- Responsible waste and energy management.
- Social responsibility throughout the entire chain.
- Legal compliance.
In addition, Nutriterra relieves the ocean’s precious natural resources by using rapeseed instead of fish for omega-3 production.
“We are excited to see how innovations can support sustainability efforts. Nutriterra is a great example of this. We are excited to announce the certification of this new ingredient from the Nuseed family, which has shown a strong commitment to sustainable practices, ”said Paolo Bray, CEO and Founder of Friend of the Sea.