How to Convert Wood into Tasty Protein-Rich Food, Sustainably, Using “Naked Clams”

Cultivating shipworms requires just wood and water and yields tasty clam-like meat

by Science Writer Kim Woolcock

This dried specimen of Teredo navalis, and the calcareous tunnel that originally surrounded it and curled into a circle during preservation, were extracted from the wood of a ship. The two valves of the shell are the white structures at the anterior end; they are used to dig the tunnel in the wood. (Wikipedia)
Finding foods with a lower carbon footprint is essential to curbing our greenhouse gas emissions, and “blue foods,” sourced from aquatic environments, may offer one solution. Researchers in the UK are investigating an innovative possibility: shipworms. These historically hated organisms are not worms at all, but relatives of clams and mussels. They are fast-growing, high in vitamin B12, and can convert waste wood into a healthy source of protein. The researchers have dubbed them “naked clams” and reported their results in Sustainable Agriculture on November 20, 2023. The open-access article is titled “Naked Clams to Open a New Sector in Sustainable Nutritious Food Production.”
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