Posts from the ‘food’ Category

One of the lesser known issues many Africans face is vitamin A deficiency, a leading cause of blindness. More than a million African children go blind every year as a result, and two-thirds die within months.

A common crop in African villages, the sweet potato could be the answer. Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, and is what gives both sweet potatoes and carrots their orange hue. Researchers have naturally bred a line of potatoes that produces four to six times more beta carotene than control samples. 

A study comprising of more than 10,000 Ugandan households found that vitamin A deficiency was reduced by 40% after switching to the experimental potatoes. 

Similar efforts are being made in eastern Asia with Golden Rice, a rice line with 30 micrograms of beta carotene added. 

Going to be out for most of the day.

Here’s a video of a baby turtle eating a raspberry to keep everyone happy.

Super fast moving water streams are the new knives. While I’m sure there are all sorts of practical uses (the source shows it cutting kitchen tile), I could sure settle for a cleanly cut slice of pastry any time.

Scientist, mountain man, and generally cool guy (despite no Wikipedia page!) Robert B. Sosman spent more than twenty years learning the secrets of finding Manhattan’s best cuisine. He eventually wrote it all up and ordered it by increasing latitude and longitude, “for the convenience of mathematicians, experimental scientists, engineers, and explorers.” For the rest of us, that’s in a northwesterly direction!


Mutant Crabs Showing Up in the Gulf

BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be related to the eyeless shrimp, clawless crabs and other deformed animals now found in the Gulf, reported Al Jazeera. Fishers and marine biologists believe tremendous amounts of highly toxic chemicals may have had a negative effect on creatures that are constantly bathed in them, contrary to what BP asserts.

Al Jazeera quoted numerous fisherman who had pulled warped crustaceans from the waters where nearly 5 million barrels of oils spewed forth after the 2010 explosion that cost 11 mens’ lives on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

  • “I’ve seen the brown shrimp catch drop by two-thirds, and so far the white shrimp have been wiped out,” Keath Ladner, a seafood processor in Hancock County, Mississippi told Al Jazeera. “The shrimp are immune compromised. We are finding shrimp with tumors on their heads, and are seeing this everyday.”
  • Tracy Kuhns and her husband Mike Roberts, commercial fishers from Barataria, Louisiana, found eyeless shrimp and: “We are also finding eyeless crabs, crabs with their shells soft instead of hard, full grown crabs that are one-fifth their normal size, clawless crabs, and crabs with shells that don’t have their usual spikes … they look like they’ve been burned off by chemicals.”
  • “We also seeing eyeless fish, and fish lacking even eye-sockets, and fish with lesions, fish without covers over their gills, and others with large pink masses hanging off their eyes and gills,” Darla Rooks, a lifelong fisherperson from Port Sulfur, Louisiana said.

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