My China/Taiwan Trip to Spirulina and Chlorella Factories

By Bob McCauley, ND

Rose was my translator on my recent trip to China and Taiwan to visit algae producers and herbal extractors.  I’ll be going into detail about each place I visit, but my itinerary was:

  1. Lansing, Michigan to Hong Kong via Chicago. 1 day.  2 days in Hong Kong meeting with coffee brokers for possible importation.
  2. Fly to Hainan Island to visit a spirulina/chlorella factory.  3 days.
  3. Fly to Guilin, mainland China, to visit a newly built herbal extraction factory. 3 days.
  4. Fly to Taichung, Taiwan to visit three spiriulina/chlorella factories, two I had never seen before.  7 days.
  5. Fly to HK and back to Lansing, MI. 1 day.

You need to be dedicated to loving spirulina and chlorella to make this kind of a trip.  It was nothing less than grueling.  First, you end up 12 hours in the future.  It takes you around 10 – 12 days to completely adjust, which is usually just long enough so then I’m ready to come back and spend the next 12 days getting back to my regular schedule.

I learned a huge amount about the production of spirulina and chlorella on my trip.  I’ve been selling spirulina and chlorella since 1996 and have visited chlorella factories before, but this was my first spirulina factory.  I drank spirulina right out of the pond, as fresh as it gets.  Rose got a giant pile of spirulina powder thrown all over her by the wind.  Not funny for her; I couldn’t stop laughing, sorry.

Rose is now officially the Spirulina Queen of the Watershed Wellness Center.  We were examining spirulina powder at the factory on Hainan Island when a gust of wind gently flung it all over her.  I have never seen anyone with so much spirulina all over themselves.  She looked as if she had jumped into a bin of spirulina powder.  She took it well and spent the next 20 minutes trying to wash it off of herself.  I’m sorry, but I couldn’t stop laughing, and laughing and . . .

She looks good in blue.  More about the spirulina factory and the quality of Chinese spirulina in later posts.  And more to come about my trip to other spirulina/chlorella factories in Taiwan as well.

About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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3 Responses to My China/Taiwan Trip to Spirulina and Chlorella Factories

  1. Jeroen says:

    Hi Bob,

    Did you visit Febico in Taiwan by any chance? If so, I’d be interested to hear your comments on their operations as well as their quality of product.

    Kind regards,
    Jeroen Sluiter
    The Superfood Company

  2. Patricia says:

    From Now products
    organic
    comes from this island
    How pure is the organic chlorella ( broken cell)
    from Hainan

    and romote chance of pollution

  3. Céline Adam says:

    Hi, Did you answer to Patricia (below), I’m interested to know your conclusion to your visit for Organic chlorella from Hainan, pollution? Thank you. Celine

    Patricia says: November 1, 2013 at 5:53 PM
    From Now products organic
    comes from this island
    How pure is the organic chlorella ( broken cell) from Hainan
    and romote chance of pollution

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