Protecting Seaweed

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TOPIC: The problems and solutions with seaweed.
SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To inform my audience the dangers ahead if we aren't careful with sea weed cultivation. THESIS STATEMENT: If we aren't careful with our seaweed consumption, as consumers you will be hurting your wallets, and as environmentalists you will be suffering from much worldlier problems.

INTRODUCTION:

Seaweed, it's not something we see or even think about everyday, so why should it be the topic of my discussion? Even though you don't see it everyday, you are in contact with it everyday. Seaweed can be found in obvious things like sushi, but it can also be found in products like your gum, womens cosmetics, paints, and even your toothpaste; but why should this matter? If we aren't careful with our seaweed consumption, as consumers you will be hurting your wallets, and as environmentalists you will be suffering from much worldlier problems.

TRANSITION: As consumers, what are the problems we face?

BODY:

Seaweed is found in numerous of products, but by over farming it what happens to us specifically? Take this for example. A. Here's a picture of toothpaste. Both these pictures are exactly identical except that one has used sea weed extract and the other has used it's replacement form. Notice that one is almost double the cost of the other. How is this? Sea weed is farmed because it grows incredibly fast. According to marine biologists some grow between 9 and 12 feet in just three months; therefore making it cheap to harvest. But corporations have taken advantage of the seaweed's rapid growth rate. A. Marine biologists at a climate conference stated that over 8 million tons of seaweed and algae are cultivated each year! We are scooping it out of the water faster then it can replicate; much similar to the problem of deforestation. B. This is causing consumers products to go up in price and hurt your budgets.

Transition: Yet, there are long terms...
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