Every Spring, Seagate plants many of the vegetables that are used in our supplements. For the past week, we have been transplanting 13,000 tomato plants from the greenhouse to the farm.
During the past week, 13,000 small tomato plants have been transferred and placed into the soil at the farm. This is extremely labor-intensive work placing each plant each plant in holes besides their irrigation lines. These tomatoes will eventually be the raw material for Seagate’s Lycopene-15 supplement, named because each serving contains 15 mg. of lycopene.
Lycopene is a very strong antioxident that is used to support prostate and heart health.
Seagate is unusual in an industry that has gotten away from producing their own raw materials and depends upon suppliers for their ingredients. Most of these suppliers sell lycopene that has been treated with solvents. We have a niche as the raw material producer and also the manufacturer of this finished product. Seagate’s tomatoes are not treated with any solvents or chemicals. Our tomatoes are freeze-dried and concentrated such that their natural lycopene content is 3%, yielding the 15 mg/serving.
As the world is now slowly (hopefully) recovering from the Wuhan virus, we have continued operating at 100% capacity. Fortunately, no one in our factory, farm or San Diego office has gotten ill because of the numerous precautions we have undertaken in order to be operational. There is one place where I feel 100% safe from all these challenges and risks of infection — 80 feet below the surface, exploring fish and swimming among the coral. The photo below is a magnified picture using a macro lens of a hard coral that is home to thousands of small organisms. To give you perspective, the white specs are actually grains of sand.