South Pacific islands introduce ban on western junk food

February 3, 2017 by  
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South Pacific islands are banning western junk food in favor of a more nutritious diet. As the islands can grow organic, local food themselves, leaders in Torba, a Vanuatu province, said they want to ban imported foreign food. Their goal is to be the first organic province in Vanuatu by 2020. Torba is Vanuatu’s most isolated province, according to community leader Father Luc Dini. Around 10,000 people reside in the province; most are subsistence farmers. But Dini said the remote islands are experiencing an intrusion of foreign junk food, the most popular of which have been sweets, biscuits, tinned fish, and rice. In contrast, the islands can yield pineapple, yams, paw paw, shellfish, crabs, and other fish for what Dini sees as a healthier diet. He told The Guardian, “It is easy to boil noodles or rice, but they have almost no nutritional value and there is no need to eat imported food when we have so much local food grown organically on our islands.” Related: Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive Dini also leads the local tourism council, and starting this week, with the support of other local chiefs, he has ordered tourism bungalows to serve only local, organic food. He aims to introduce legislation in the next two years to wholly ban imports of foreign food. Vanuatu’s central government, in Port Vila, has been supportive, according to Dini. “In other provinces that have adopted western diets you see pretty young girls but when they smile they have rotten teeth, because the sugar has broken down their teeth. We don’t want that to happen here and we don’t want to develop the illnesses that come with a western junk food diet,” he told The Guardian. “If you really want to live on a paradise of your own, then you should make do with what you have and try and live with nature .” Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons and Harsha K R on Flickr

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Beekeeper built dream hexagonal house without ‘hateful’ right angles

February 3, 2017 by  
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Apiarists tend to be very serious about their beehives , but one New Zealand beekeeper took his passion one step further. Roy Brewster (1905- 1978) dedicated his entire life to honeybee hive design, even going so far as building a home in what he considered the perfect (and godly) shape: a hexagon. Images via Collection of Puke Ariki Simply put, Brewster was not a man of conformity. In fact, when he began to build his house in 1954 in Westown, New Plymouth, he decided to do everything possible to avoid any and all right angles, which, according to him, “represented nonsense, confusion, and hate.” Related: These Earthen “Beehive” Houses Have Been Keeping Syrians Naturally Cool for Centuries Images via Collection of Puke Ariki Brewster was a man of deep faith and he took the hexagon design quite seriously, believing that right angles were incongruent with harmonious living, “If man chooses square world he readily makes himself a slave to machines and money,” he wrote. “For what shall it profit man if he gain the whole world and yet lose his own soul.” Other writings reveal that he believed that the “honeycomb was a message from God that showed humans the best way to live, while parallel lines built a world of lies and evil.” Image by Barney Brewster (1975) via Collection of Puke Ariki The efficient honeycomb design not only served as inspiration for the Norian House (“NoRIght ANgles”) but became something of a life-long obsession for Brewster. The structure and nearly everything else inside and outside the home was hexagonal, from its windows and shelves to accessories like a hexagonal quilt. Even a picture frame holding a reproduction of the Mona Lisa was hexagonal and nailed to the hexagonal wall panels. Image via Collection of Puke Ariki Of course, it was impossible to construct the home out of hexagons alone. The roof and ceiling featured triangular and diamond forms, and some of the furnishings were round. When the hateful 90? angle was necessary, Brewster made it work in his own special way. The perpendicular crossing formed by where the wall meets the floor was deemed a “radial line to a round earth.” The home became quite a hit, becoming one of New Plymouth’s main tourist attractions. It was so popular that on June 6, 1966 (6/6/66), Brewster, inspired by “a message from God,” sold the home to the local Tainui Home Trust Board for £6,666.66, a number that best represented the six-sided form. Unfortunately, after the death of his wife some eight years later, the Beehive House was dismantled by Brewster himself. However, his legacy remained thanks to the city’s Puke Ariki Library , which is currently running an exhibition, A Different Angle , with some of the home’s fixtures and furnishings. Along with various items saved from the home, the exhibition includes several hexagon-heavy architectural plans as well as personal notes that reveal Brewster’s deep religious beliefs. + Puke Ariki Library Via Hyperallergic Images via Barney Brewster and Collection of Puke Ariki

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Is giraffe milk the latest superfood?

January 30, 2017 by  
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Call us crazy, but it seems like you can’t sling an acai quinoa bowl these days without slamming into some healthful new “superfood” we should all be eating. Never mind that actual scientific corroboration tends to be scant, or that a balanced diet, chock full of fruits and vegetables, will outperform even the most faddish of nutritional panaceas on the best of days. The ability to reduce the complexities of calorie counting, ingredient-label translating, and consistent clean living to a trite “eat this, not that” has undeniable appeal. Bonus points if it adds a dash of exoticism or mystery to our otherwise quotidian existence. The latest bandwagon-in-making, according to Metro ? Giraffe milk. By way of evidence, the British rag pointed to a 1962 study that claimed that giraffe milk has almost four times the fat content of full-fat cow’s milk and 12 times that of skim. Giraffe milk contains comparable amounts of riboflavin, thiamine, and vitamin B6 as cow’s milk, the study continued, but higher levels of vitamins A and B12. It’s the excess fat that we desire, Metro insists. A Tufts University study that followed some 3,000 people over two decades found that people who had the most dairy fat in their diets had a 46 percent lower risk of diabetes that those who ate the least. Related: Giraffes are on the verge of going extinct While it was “too early to call whole-fat dairy the healthiest choice,” Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and the study’s author, also called for a national policy that was more neutral on dairy fat until additional data presented itself. But even Metro admitted that the idea of giraffe milk on supermarket shelves would be unlikely. “When it comes to a giraffe, it would be almost impossible to get one to stand still long enough to be milked—let alone enough to set up a profitable business,” it wrote. “The giraffes that have been milked have been milked under controlled conditions by scientists.” There’s also the fact that giraffes are on the brink of extinction . The IUCN Red List reported a 38 percent decline in the giraffe population since 1985, plus a “high risk of extinction” in the wild if the trend continues. The culprit, of course, is humans. Illegal hunting, habitat loss through agriculture and mining, and growing human-wildlife conflict could soon spell the irretrievable loss of the world’s tallest land mammal. The last thing giraffes need is someone chasing after them with a bucket and a stool. Photos by Pixabay and Andrew Magill

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10 Healthy, energizing, clean-eating Thanksgiving recipes

November 23, 2015 by  
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Colder weather is upon us and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The typical Thanksgiving gorge-fest of carb-heavy potatoes, bread stuffing and turkey often leaves people feeling tired and bloated, so this year we’re seeking out recipes that pack in the nutrition and deliciousness without over-stuffing your gut and making it impossible for you to get out of bed the next morning. From Esalen Kale Salad to Sweet Potato Stuffing, Chocolate Pecan bars to Pumpkin Pie Mousse, we’ve called upon the most nutrient-dense, clean, healthy, and energizing Thanksgiving recipes to make this year’s feast both delicious and nutritious. Not only are these healthy dishes easy to make, they’re also guaranteed to fuel you through this busy season and set you off on the right foot for the New Year. Say goodbye to guilt driven New Year’s resolutions, and pass the sweet-potato stuffing! Read the rest of 10 Healthy, energizing, clean-eating Thanksgiving recipes

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HHF Architects’ renovated a group of crumbling buildings to help revitalize an entire neighborhood

November 23, 2015 by  
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Undulating German pavilion brings a “field of ideas” to Milan Expo 2015

May 3, 2015 by  
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Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner

February 4, 2015 by  
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Over a year ago, Beyoncé and Jay Z spent 22 days on a strict plant-based diet, in an effort to undergo physical and spiritual cleansing. Now, Beyoncé has announced her continued partnership with the trainer behind the cleanse, Marco Borges. They are launching a vegan meal delivery service under the 22 Days Nutrition brand to help share the wonders of whole foods with anyone with a credit card. However, the meals don’t come with a guarantee that you’ll end up looking like Beyoncé. Read the rest of Beyoncé launches vegan meal delivery service that will make you and your wallet thinner Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 22 Days , 22 Days nutrition , beyonce , diets of famous people , healthy meal delivery , how to eat healthier , ordering vegan meals for delivery , personal chef service , plant-based meals , vegan , vegan challenge , vegetarian

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BYD Motors unveils world’s-first long range electric coach

February 4, 2015 by  
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Hybrid-electric city buses and coaches are now common-place in many urban environments, but the transition to battery electric remains a reluctant one. BYD Motors  hopes to change that with their newly unveiled C9 coach, which can travel over 190 miles at highway speed on a single charge. Read the rest of BYD Motors unveils world’s-first long range electric coach Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery-electric , BYD , byd motors , C10 , C9 , electric bus , electric car , electric mass transit , electric vehicles , green transportation , long range electric bus , long range electric mass transit , mass transit , zero-emissions

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

August 13, 2014 by  
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The Sanctuaria Project Provides a Last Refuge for Disappearing Plant Species

August 13, 2014 by  
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Designed by  Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar , a Dutch designer who aims to bridge the gap between nature and man-made objects, Sanctuaria is an art installation aimed to preserve miniature pieces of nature. This series of work consists of a series of capsules that carry endangered plant species such as orchids, ferns and mosses from tropical rainforests around the globe. Sanctuaria becomes a final refuge, as its name would imply, since the ecosystems that housed these little life forms have already been destroyed. Currently, the project features 2 as-yet unnamed species of orchid obtained from cut trees in Asia, but they can house any number of different endangered plants. With habitat loss and destruction so prevalent all over the world, Sanctuaria capsules may provide homes to species that would otherwise be lost to the world forever . + Sanctuaria All photos by  Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar ; illustration by Paco Kamil The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: blown glass , conservation , endangered plants , endangered species , fern , glass , habitat destruction , habitat loss , Morgan Ruben , Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar , Morgan Ruben Jensen , MoSS , orchid , orchids , plants , refuge , Sanctuaria , sanctuary

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