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AFA (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), or the Aqua Botanical that we harvest, produces its own energy and food from sunlight and moist conditions through photosynthesis. As the first protein and most ancient food on Earth, it is so sustainable on its own that it is the first sign of life scientists look for on other planets. Our E3 AFA is a non-GMO heirloom variety.
Economic Impact of Harvesting
The wealth of naturally occurring minerals and nutrients is responsible for the unique abundant growth. With nearly 30 feet of mineral-rich sediment at its bottoms, much donated from the explosion of Mt. Mazama, a recent study estimated that the top single inch of the lake alone contains enough nutrients to sustain a full algal bloom. During its peak, Klamath Lake can support up to 14 million pounds of AFA. Although Klamath Lake supports such massive blooms, our company only harvests a small fraction of this amount, creating little to no effect on the carbon footprint.
While harvesting, only these algal blooms in the top inches of the lake are targeted; therefore, the ecosystem of the lake can continue its cycle without interference. With the right temperatures and conditions, AFA is a self-sustaining food source. All algae combined provide up to 80 percent of Earth’s food, and grows rapidly to keep up with its consumption. Our responsibility to ensure the reproduction of AFA in the future to come is to protect the deep waters of Klamath Lake, leaving them undisturbed by our harvesting.
Eco-Friendly Packaging Choice
We are pleased to offer an eco-friendly packaging choice upon request for our frozen products called Green Cell. Green Cell packaging is biodegradable and earth friendly. This will be an option for frozen goods that are shipping overnight (just choose overnight shipping and indicate in the checkout that you want the eco-friendly packaging).
E3Live is the only AFA that is live, liquid and delivered to you closest to its natural state. E3Live is a non-GMO heirloom variety that is selectively gathered by our expert harvesters, and collected from only the deepest, most pristine waters of Upper Klamath Lake. We harvest only at peak times of optimal growth, when the AFA is the heartiest, healthiest and most vibrant. Harvesting AFA is an art and a science. We discovered that the strongest and freshest AFA possesses the highest life-force.
The benefits of AFA are directly proportional to the quality of the harvesting source, and how the AFA is handled at every step of the process. We take pride in knowing that we bring you the most potent and powerful AFA in the world. E3Live’s superior harvesting and proprietary filtration methods ensure the absolute highest quality. Our AFA is selectively harvested so that only the purest, most vibrant blooms are gathered. Starting at our harvest site, E3Live is immediately chilled to preserve its natural vitality and highest nutritional value. As harvesters, we work hand-in-hand with the most experienced, conscientious and knowledgeable researchers in the world.
From the moment we harvest the AFA, to its final packaging, we work with only the most highly trained and qualified staff. We handle our AFA with such care from start to finish. Factors contributing to this quality include: where and how we harvest, keeping the AFA cold at all times, superior filtration and storage, and ongoing quality-control testing of all of our products. All E3 products are tested thoroughly by independent USDA certified labs for food safety, shelf-life and various other purity tests.
The benefits of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae are directly related to the care and attention given to sourcing and harvesting the product. Our quality care begins with the selection of the freshest AFA “blooms” from pristine Eagle Ridge. The harvesting is quickly followed by rapid chilling of the AFA to 34 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, our E3Live is Further purified by careful centrifugation, leaving a product chilled and scrupulously clean. E3Live is handled more expeditiously from harvest to freezer than any competitive product. Our quality control parameters coupled with our proprietary final processing, yields the lake’s most potent source of AFA. Unless you know the source of your AFA, there is no guarantee of quality. E3Live and other E3AFA products are harvested by the most competent harvesting team, and staff of engineers in our industry.