The Canadian government is calling on residents to ditch their seaweed containers and start making their own salt.
“This salt can be found in your backyard, in your garages, in the back of your car, in any place where salt is used,” said Public Health Minister Sarah Hoffman in a news release.
“I want you to be part of the solution by keeping your salt in the ground.”
Salt that is grown in salt marshes is more effective than seaweed in killing algae, but is still more expensive.
“Salt marshes in the Northern Territories, for example, are one of the few places in the country where you can grow salt without having to purchase salt,” said Dr. Brian Murphy, the lead researcher at the Canadian Institute for Sustainable Development.
“The seaweed can be bought locally and can be imported and shipped overseas, which is very costly and it has an impact on climate change and on biodiversity,” he said.
A salt that is used to cook food is the best option for the health of our food supply.
But there are other ways to get salt in our food.
The CBC’s The Early Edition has an interactive guide to what to do when you find a good source of salt.
The federal government has a website with information about salt that you can use.
It also has a salt farm that has salt to sell, as well as a website that provides information on what’s available.