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Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia
One of the most common fears in mankind? Arachnophobia, or an intense and rather unreasonable fear of spiders and spider-like creatures. We get it, these eight-legged creatures are not as cuddly as a run-of-the-mill rabbit or baby goat, with their itch-inciting appearance and fast and unpredictable way of moving around. But the amount of tension that some people experience when faced with this member of the Araneae family is excessive, to say the least. Recent research has found that some of those suffering from arachnophobia would even prefer diving with great white sharks or jumping out of an airplane to being locked up in a room with one of those critters for ten whole minutes. Cultural fears Speaking on an evolutionary level, there is absolutely no way in which we can rationalise this fear, or attribute it to our survival instincts. Instead, evidence points to it being a so-called institutionalised fear, a phobia that develops by exposure to the extreme reaction of others suffering from it.   This makes it a fear that is largely cultural, rather than genetic. Those of us living in the western world are more prone to it, despite us not having any real poisonous types living in our area that we should actually legitimately be afraid of. Other cultures, living together with much more dangerous and sizeable members of the spider family, observe them with mild trepidation at best.   And other cultures simply eat them.   Spiders as a delicacy In countries like Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, spiders are a real delicacy. (Coincidentally, these are also countries that rank very low on the worldwide arachnophobia index - yes, this actually is a thing.) Tourists that visit Asian hotspot-on-the-rise Phnom Penh, capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, are often amazed at the sight of street vendors selling fried tarantula and similar snacks.   {youtube}                                              Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia Cooking shows all around the world have already zeroed in on the phenomenon, with world-famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay having sampled it. And although reactions are mixed, most would agree that it is a unique part of Cambodian culture that should be treasured. A part of their national heritage, if you wish. ( Also interesting:  Insects As Food The New Agriculture Is Good For Our Climate ) Deep fried spiders are surely not for everyone, but for those who have grown up with the phenomenon, it is hard to consider the crawly creatures to be anything but absolutely delicious. Scary? Not in their minds. Tasty, that’s more like it. Especially the female tarantulas are treasured, for the tasty, caviar-like eggs that their bellies contain.   Tarantulas as daily source of protein In order to preserve this unique flavour, spiders are not gutted or cut up. Rather, after getting a quick wash in water, they are thrown in the pot and fried with some delicious spices. Alternative preparation methods include grilling them and serving them with a variety of dip sauces. Its taste is best described as crab, although the consistency is strikingly different.   A-Ping, as the locals call it, have been eaten as just your regular source of protein for generations and generations. The dish originates from the farmland that Cambodia is well-known for, with farmers taking home any tarantulas that they find on their land for dinner. Especially during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the communist party of Cambodia, food was tight - and therefore all possible food sources more than welcome. Even after the communist regime, people still enjoyed their tarantula snack, some even attributing health benefits to it: from aiding lung and heart diseases all the way up to enhancing sexual desire. The wealthiest of this small Asian country enjoy its uniqueness and rarity, while the people on the street just enjoy its flavour - making it a sought-after delicacy.   Threatened by over-hunting and deforestation Unfortunately it is one that is becoming increasingly harder to find. The rising demand has led to over-hunting, while the deforestation of the Cambodian land is drastically reducing the tarantula’s territory. In the last two decades alone, Cambodia has lost more than 2 million hectares of forest - an alarming 23 percent decline. This land has been re-allocated for agricultural purposes, giving way to enormous cashew and rubber plantations.   ( Also interesting:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb ) As the tarantulas enjoy the woods, they are finding themselves struggling to stay in their preferred ecosystem. Furthermore, their declining number makes them much harder to find, which means that fewer people are still attempting to. It will be much more profitable to get a job on one of the plantations, instead of hunting for the tarantulas.   Steep decline in population This leaves the job of hunting spiders to the poorest of the poor, who are often ruthless in their methods: over-hunting is commonplace, as is the use of dangerous chemicals, with no regulations whatsoever in place to protect the treasured species in her survival.   All of this has led to a steep decline in the tarantula population, which may soon find itself at risk of extinction. It may mean the end of not just another animal species, but also the end of a treasured piece of local cuisine - as well as threaten the livelihood of those who have turned it into a business. As long as the government remains hesitant to take action to prevent this from happening, the A-Ping might literally find himself in the frying pan. All about Lifestyle
One of the most common fears in mankind? Arachnophobia, or an intense and rather unreasonable fear of spiders and spider-like creatures. We get it, these eight-legged creatures are not as cuddly as a run-of-the-mill rabbit or baby goat, with their itch-inciting appearance and fast and unpredictable way of moving around. But the amount of tension that some people experience when faced with this member of the Araneae family is excessive, to say the least. Recent research has found that some of those suffering from arachnophobia would even prefer diving with great white sharks or jumping out of an airplane to being locked up in a room with one of those critters for ten whole minutes. Cultural fears Speaking on an evolutionary level, there is absolutely no way in which we can rationalise this fear, or attribute it to our survival instincts. Instead, evidence points to it being a so-called institutionalised fear, a phobia that develops by exposure to the extreme reaction of others suffering from it.   This makes it a fear that is largely cultural, rather than genetic. Those of us living in the western world are more prone to it, despite us not having any real poisonous types living in our area that we should actually legitimately be afraid of. Other cultures, living together with much more dangerous and sizeable members of the spider family, observe them with mild trepidation at best.   And other cultures simply eat them.   Spiders as a delicacy In countries like Papua New Guinea and Cambodia, spiders are a real delicacy. (Coincidentally, these are also countries that rank very low on the worldwide arachnophobia index - yes, this actually is a thing.) Tourists that visit Asian hotspot-on-the-rise Phnom Penh, capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, are often amazed at the sight of street vendors selling fried tarantula and similar snacks.   {youtube}                                              Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia Cooking shows all around the world have already zeroed in on the phenomenon, with world-famous chefs like Gordon Ramsay having sampled it. And although reactions are mixed, most would agree that it is a unique part of Cambodian culture that should be treasured. A part of their national heritage, if you wish. ( Also interesting:  Insects As Food The New Agriculture Is Good For Our Climate ) Deep fried spiders are surely not for everyone, but for those who have grown up with the phenomenon, it is hard to consider the crawly creatures to be anything but absolutely delicious. Scary? Not in their minds. Tasty, that’s more like it. Especially the female tarantulas are treasured, for the tasty, caviar-like eggs that their bellies contain.   Tarantulas as daily source of protein In order to preserve this unique flavour, spiders are not gutted or cut up. Rather, after getting a quick wash in water, they are thrown in the pot and fried with some delicious spices. Alternative preparation methods include grilling them and serving them with a variety of dip sauces. Its taste is best described as crab, although the consistency is strikingly different.   A-Ping, as the locals call it, have been eaten as just your regular source of protein for generations and generations. The dish originates from the farmland that Cambodia is well-known for, with farmers taking home any tarantulas that they find on their land for dinner. Especially during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, the communist party of Cambodia, food was tight - and therefore all possible food sources more than welcome. Even after the communist regime, people still enjoyed their tarantula snack, some even attributing health benefits to it: from aiding lung and heart diseases all the way up to enhancing sexual desire. The wealthiest of this small Asian country enjoy its uniqueness and rarity, while the people on the street just enjoy its flavour - making it a sought-after delicacy.   Threatened by over-hunting and deforestation Unfortunately it is one that is becoming increasingly harder to find. The rising demand has led to over-hunting, while the deforestation of the Cambodian land is drastically reducing the tarantula’s territory. In the last two decades alone, Cambodia has lost more than 2 million hectares of forest - an alarming 23 percent decline. This land has been re-allocated for agricultural purposes, giving way to enormous cashew and rubber plantations.   ( Also interesting:  Deforestation: No! Celebrate National Tree Day With WhatsOrb ) As the tarantulas enjoy the woods, they are finding themselves struggling to stay in their preferred ecosystem. Furthermore, their declining number makes them much harder to find, which means that fewer people are still attempting to. It will be much more profitable to get a job on one of the plantations, instead of hunting for the tarantulas.   Steep decline in population This leaves the job of hunting spiders to the poorest of the poor, who are often ruthless in their methods: over-hunting is commonplace, as is the use of dangerous chemicals, with no regulations whatsoever in place to protect the treasured species in her survival.   All of this has led to a steep decline in the tarantula population, which may soon find itself at risk of extinction. It may mean the end of not just another animal species, but also the end of a treasured piece of local cuisine - as well as threaten the livelihood of those who have turned it into a business. As long as the government remains hesitant to take action to prevent this from happening, the A-Ping might literally find himself in the frying pan. All about Lifestyle
Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia
Spider-Woman: Tarantula Staple Food Gets A Snack: Cambodia
Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise
So, how have you been doing on your new year’s resolutions? Chances are that you are frowning even when reading this, having difficulties just remembering what exactly it was that you vowed to change in your life, just some weeks ago. Well, let us help you to jog your memory. It probably included some random measures to improve your personal wellbeing, such as exercising more or eating healthier. Getting healthier and happier through some life-improving habits Is it coming back yet? Well, it might be good to keep reading. We fully understand that it has been hard to get up at 6am to squeeze in an hour of exercise before starting your day, or to stick to your commitment of bringing packed, fresh salads to work for lunch. There are, however, ways to make it easier to become a healthier person.  So stick with us as we run through some quick and foolproof ways of making  sustainable changes to your lifestyle, that are bound to last for a longer period of time. Curb junkfood into  healthy food An important first change could be to cut back on your favourite guilty-pleasures. Junk food can be our favourite go-to piece of comfort when we are busy, tired, or not feeling well. Whether it is ice cream, sweets, fried chicken, cheeseburgers or choc chip cookies: most of them will not add much in terms of nutritional value, while providing a steep intake of sugars and fats.  It could be as easy as ignoring those items while doing your grocery shopping, instead opting to fill your pantry with healthier options such as nuts, fruits, veggie chips, yoghurt or hummus. Once you get used to cracking open the avocado instead of that bag of chips, you will notice how it is actually more filling, while it sets you up with much needed nutrients. Sugary drinks, say them farewell Few people realise just how many ‘bad’ sugars and empty calories are added to our daily diet by drinking some of the sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavoured coffees of iced teas that have quickly become a fixture in our fridges. And yes, we understand that these are quite hard to replace, but it will definitely be worth your effort. You could opt for fresh water, unsweetened tea and coffee, low-fat milk, or flavoured calorie-free water drinks instead - and notice an instant drop in your blood glucose levels. Find suitable bread and pasta substitutes Most people who have attempted a diet in the past will know that some of these much hated carbs are hiding in the bread and pasta products that we so readily enjoy on a daily basis. Therefore, a first step towards becoming a healthier person might entail the exclusion of those foods from our lives. Bread is actually quite easily replaced by veggies. You could, for instance, use iceberg, green leaf or butter lettuce instead of bread when preparing your sandwich or a delicious burger. Simply pile it all together and wrap the lettuce around it, then wrap it up in some paper and a piece of tape - and tear away the paper as you take bites out of your delicious, low-calorie sub or burger. It’s not just bread, though. Pasta could just as easily be replaced by all kinds of veggies. Noodles from zucchini, sweet potato or carrots are just as delicious when whipping up a mean pasta, while squash has proven to be a perfect substitute for ‘traditional’ spaghetti. If you really want to go all the way, try using cauliflower, broccoli or butternut as the main ingredient for your rice dish. Befriend the local butcher While most diets will not require you to cut back on your meat intake, you can do something here to improve your health as well. Just head over to the butcher and kindly ask for the leanest cuts of meat that he has available. Why? Well, some of the lard, fatback and high-fat meats contain high amounts of saturated fat - a well-known contributor to high cholesterol levels. This includes favourites like ground beef, hot dogs, sausages, bacon and spareribs. Leaner meats, on the other hand, will be much healthier. This includes fish, turkey and chicken options (provided that it is skinless!), as well as some beef options that have been trimmed of fat. Your butcher will be able to point out some great options, that could include round, sirloin, flank and tenderloin. Get out in nature more and move, move, move! Finally, it may seem like an obvious point, but it really makes a world of difference: start moving more. Especially if your workday is mostly spent sedentary, you should find ways of getting out more. Even for as short as a 15-minute walk during your lunchbreak, or by taking the stairs instead of the elevator when riding the subway: the ‘hardcore’ exercise would be a great extra, although simple changes in your daily routine can go a long way as well. Especially by performing some of those activities outdoors, will you soon feel that the extra fresh air and rush of being outside - which could encourage you to frequently repeat such activities. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
So, how have you been doing on your new year’s resolutions? Chances are that you are frowning even when reading this, having difficulties just remembering what exactly it was that you vowed to change in your life, just some weeks ago. Well, let us help you to jog your memory. It probably included some random measures to improve your personal wellbeing, such as exercising more or eating healthier. Getting healthier and happier through some life-improving habits Is it coming back yet? Well, it might be good to keep reading. We fully understand that it has been hard to get up at 6am to squeeze in an hour of exercise before starting your day, or to stick to your commitment of bringing packed, fresh salads to work for lunch. There are, however, ways to make it easier to become a healthier person.  So stick with us as we run through some quick and foolproof ways of making  sustainable changes to your lifestyle, that are bound to last for a longer period of time. Curb junkfood into  healthy food An important first change could be to cut back on your favourite guilty-pleasures. Junk food can be our favourite go-to piece of comfort when we are busy, tired, or not feeling well. Whether it is ice cream, sweets, fried chicken, cheeseburgers or choc chip cookies: most of them will not add much in terms of nutritional value, while providing a steep intake of sugars and fats.  It could be as easy as ignoring those items while doing your grocery shopping, instead opting to fill your pantry with healthier options such as nuts, fruits, veggie chips, yoghurt or hummus. Once you get used to cracking open the avocado instead of that bag of chips, you will notice how it is actually more filling, while it sets you up with much needed nutrients. Sugary drinks, say them farewell Few people realise just how many ‘bad’ sugars and empty calories are added to our daily diet by drinking some of the sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavoured coffees of iced teas that have quickly become a fixture in our fridges. And yes, we understand that these are quite hard to replace, but it will definitely be worth your effort. You could opt for fresh water, unsweetened tea and coffee, low-fat milk, or flavoured calorie-free water drinks instead - and notice an instant drop in your blood glucose levels. Find suitable bread and pasta substitutes Most people who have attempted a diet in the past will know that some of these much hated carbs are hiding in the bread and pasta products that we so readily enjoy on a daily basis. Therefore, a first step towards becoming a healthier person might entail the exclusion of those foods from our lives. Bread is actually quite easily replaced by veggies. You could, for instance, use iceberg, green leaf or butter lettuce instead of bread when preparing your sandwich or a delicious burger. Simply pile it all together and wrap the lettuce around it, then wrap it up in some paper and a piece of tape - and tear away the paper as you take bites out of your delicious, low-calorie sub or burger. It’s not just bread, though. Pasta could just as easily be replaced by all kinds of veggies. Noodles from zucchini, sweet potato or carrots are just as delicious when whipping up a mean pasta, while squash has proven to be a perfect substitute for ‘traditional’ spaghetti. If you really want to go all the way, try using cauliflower, broccoli or butternut as the main ingredient for your rice dish. Befriend the local butcher While most diets will not require you to cut back on your meat intake, you can do something here to improve your health as well. Just head over to the butcher and kindly ask for the leanest cuts of meat that he has available. Why? Well, some of the lard, fatback and high-fat meats contain high amounts of saturated fat - a well-known contributor to high cholesterol levels. This includes favourites like ground beef, hot dogs, sausages, bacon and spareribs. Leaner meats, on the other hand, will be much healthier. This includes fish, turkey and chicken options (provided that it is skinless!), as well as some beef options that have been trimmed of fat. Your butcher will be able to point out some great options, that could include round, sirloin, flank and tenderloin. Get out in nature more and move, move, move! Finally, it may seem like an obvious point, but it really makes a world of difference: start moving more. Especially if your workday is mostly spent sedentary, you should find ways of getting out more. Even for as short as a 15-minute walk during your lunchbreak, or by taking the stairs instead of the elevator when riding the subway: the ‘hardcore’ exercise would be a great extra, although simple changes in your daily routine can go a long way as well. Especially by performing some of those activities outdoors, will you soon feel that the extra fresh air and rush of being outside - which could encourage you to frequently repeat such activities. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
Getting Healthier By Eating Sustainable Food And Taking Exercise
Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Hospitality Influencers: Tourism Damage
The sand between your toes, the sun on your face, a light ocean breeze through your hair… For a lot of people this is the perfect description of a perfect holiday. The view of the ocean guarantees that sunny holiday feeling. Therefore, millions of people each year will go on a trip to the sea. But the ocean is of course much more than just a nice place of interest for tourists: it is a source of income for people that work in sea fishing, who provides us with the inhabitants of the ocean, fish, in other words: proteins. But first of all, the ocean is the home of billions of species - it is the source of life. And tourism is destroying that source. Sustainable tourism: here to rescue our oceans The majority of our earth's surface consists of water: the ocean is enormous and is needed for humanity to survive. World Economic Forum wonders: ‘what happens when it is facing a crisis and cannot revitalize its own wounds?’ Through human activities, according to scientists, 90% of the coral reefs in the ocean will have died in 2050. It doesn't help that more and more people can and will travel: World Economic Forum writes that according to United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourist trips worldwide reached 1.3 billion in 2017 and is predicted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. All that traveling and the accompanying economic growth puts enormous pressure on natural resources and biodiversity. Tourism can therefore be disastrous for the ocean and nature, but sustainable tourism can also be a solution to various problems concerning the wellbeing of the ocean. Awareness through an eco-promise Well-known cities, like Amsterdam or Barcelona, must deal with a growing flow of tourists. Touristic-driven gentrification has major consequences for the inhabitants of the cities, such as higher house prices, but the impact on nature is massive: in coastal areas, for example, there is a higher level of coastal erosion, for example. Palau and New Zealand came up with a smart solution for this problem: they had visitors to their country sign an eco-promise. Awareness is the key word to be able to preserve nature for future generations: especially now that pictures on social media like Instagram and Facebook, but also digital platforms as AirBnB and Tripadvisor are boosting tourism more and more. Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam Biodegradable sunscreen lotions Another major danger to the ocean is sunscreen. Did you know The more beach-goers, the more toxic sunscreen gets into our seas. According to research, the toxic pathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone, are disastrous for the ocean. It causes water pollution, coral mortality and rising sea temperatures. In Mexico, Aruba and Hawaii there is a ban on non-biodegradable sunscreen lotions. Also in this case, awareness is very important: you can buy biodegradable sunscreen for a few extra euros - and the result is priceless. Strategic partnerships to save our oceans Plastic is a big problem for the ocean . Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this fact: not only plastic bags, straws and cigarette butts are a danger, but also micro plastic from care products. There is so much plastic in the sea that it is almost impossible to clean up. You may know the Thai Maya Beach, where the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. That is now one of the best-known hot spots in Thailand. Unfortunately, the bounty island was contaminated by more and more plastic. In October 2018, Thailand closed the beach to clean up the enormous havoc of plastic. To be able to do this globally, cooperation between countries and regions is needed, but strategic partnerships are crucial. This also applies to packaging products in order to reduce the pollution of the oceans. Sustainable tourism can save the ocean from a collapse: we just have to do it together. Awareness is therefore more important than ever. Do you still want to go on those beautiful beach vacations? Make these vacations green! Adjust your travel behaviour and make sure that your grandchildren can still enjoy the beaches with their children. The ocean needs our help! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
The sand between your toes, the sun on your face, a light ocean breeze through your hair… For a lot of people this is the perfect description of a perfect holiday. The view of the ocean guarantees that sunny holiday feeling. Therefore, millions of people each year will go on a trip to the sea. But the ocean is of course much more than just a nice place of interest for tourists: it is a source of income for people that work in sea fishing, who provides us with the inhabitants of the ocean, fish, in other words: proteins. But first of all, the ocean is the home of billions of species - it is the source of life. And tourism is destroying that source. Sustainable tourism: here to rescue our oceans The majority of our earth's surface consists of water: the ocean is enormous and is needed for humanity to survive. World Economic Forum wonders: ‘what happens when it is facing a crisis and cannot revitalize its own wounds?’ Through human activities, according to scientists, 90% of the coral reefs in the ocean will have died in 2050. It doesn't help that more and more people can and will travel: World Economic Forum writes that according to United Nations World Tourism Organization, the number of international tourist trips worldwide reached 1.3 billion in 2017 and is predicted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. All that traveling and the accompanying economic growth puts enormous pressure on natural resources and biodiversity. Tourism can therefore be disastrous for the ocean and nature, but sustainable tourism can also be a solution to various problems concerning the wellbeing of the ocean. Awareness through an eco-promise Well-known cities, like Amsterdam or Barcelona, must deal with a growing flow of tourists. Touristic-driven gentrification has major consequences for the inhabitants of the cities, such as higher house prices, but the impact on nature is massive: in coastal areas, for example, there is a higher level of coastal erosion, for example. Palau and New Zealand came up with a smart solution for this problem: they had visitors to their country sign an eco-promise. Awareness is the key word to be able to preserve nature for future generations: especially now that pictures on social media like Instagram and Facebook, but also digital platforms as AirBnB and Tripadvisor are boosting tourism more and more. Photo by: Hans van der Broek. Cua Dai Beach, Hoi An, Vietnam Biodegradable sunscreen lotions Another major danger to the ocean is sunscreen. Did you know The more beach-goers, the more toxic sunscreen gets into our seas. According to research, the toxic pathological effects of the sunscreen UV filter, oxybenzone, are disastrous for the ocean. It causes water pollution, coral mortality and rising sea temperatures. In Mexico, Aruba and Hawaii there is a ban on non-biodegradable sunscreen lotions. Also in this case, awareness is very important: you can buy biodegradable sunscreen for a few extra euros - and the result is priceless. Strategic partnerships to save our oceans Plastic is a big problem for the ocean . Unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this fact: not only plastic bags, straws and cigarette butts are a danger, but also micro plastic from care products. There is so much plastic in the sea that it is almost impossible to clean up. You may know the Thai Maya Beach, where the movie The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was shot. That is now one of the best-known hot spots in Thailand. Unfortunately, the bounty island was contaminated by more and more plastic. In October 2018, Thailand closed the beach to clean up the enormous havoc of plastic. To be able to do this globally, cooperation between countries and regions is needed, but strategic partnerships are crucial. This also applies to packaging products in order to reduce the pollution of the oceans. Sustainable tourism can save the ocean from a collapse: we just have to do it together. Awareness is therefore more important than ever. Do you still want to go on those beautiful beach vacations? Make these vacations green! Adjust your travel behaviour and make sure that your grandchildren can still enjoy the beaches with their children. The ocean needs our help! https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Hospitality Influencers: Tourism Damage
Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Hospitality Influencers: Tourism Damage
Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality?
If you love food, as many of us do, you must have heard of the 'farm to fork' movement. This is a movement which promotes serving local and fresh food at restaurants. However, are you familiar with 'lab to table'? And what do you think about that? ' Lab to table' does not sound as incredible as 'farm to fork', but it might be the solution for the future: zero animals are killed, but we create a mass production of lab-grown meat that looks and tastes the same as regular meat. Besides, lab-grown meat could also help the environment, because there is way less food waste in the process. Can we produce meat in labs? Is this how our future will be? ( Also intersting:  Super Food Designed To Match Your Genome: Star Trek Reality ) Lab meat! A dream from the past The idea of lab-grown meat is not something of recent events but has been around since decades. It was actually Winston Churchill, who had the idea of lab meat. He took a look at the culinary prognostication. Churchill thought that, within 50 years, we do not need to grow a whole chicken to only eat the breast or wing, and that can be accomplished by growing single parts on their own.  The man was right. Of course, this is not something to do quickly, but the idea has been shaped. In 2013, the Dutch pharmacologist and Professor Mark Post of Vascular Physiology showed the first lab-grown burger. In the lab, he used animal cells, without actually killing an animal, as a food source. From that moment on, clean meat has taken interest from many people and entrepreneurs. Since then, many companies copied the idea and are working on the technology ( Read also: Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feet The Planet ) to make clean meat better, so they obtain a small number of animal cells from high-quality livestock animals to duplicate the taste, the texture, and the ability to efficiently self-renew. Benefits of Lab-grown meat Not everyone is looking forward to this process but let us mention the benefits of why we should go for lab-grown meat. First of all, many animals are poorly treated, they live in unfortunate circumstances, and we eat it in spite of how it is produced. Moreover, food waste also has a prominent role in this matter. We do not use every part of an animal, so lab-grown meat could grow some elements that we do eat. Livestock animals produce 15 per cent of global gas emissions, according to the United Nations. That is not the only problem; livestock animal production uses a large amount of water, while toxic substances used in agriculture can enter natural waters, destroying habitats, animals and plants in the process. According to Post, one of the most devastating consequences of livestock farming is massive deforestation. For example, around 70 per cent of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested for grazing. The production of farmed meat is expected to consume 99 per cent less land so that areas could be reforested again. Also, the traditional meat production is very inefficient: it is unnecessarily expensive, unnecessarily damaging to the environment, causes unnecessary animal suffering and will in its present form be challenging to meet the growing human demand for meat.   Solving problems There are still some challenges we need to overcome. On the scientific front, challenges remain around the reproductive capacity of the used cells, and there must be a reducing difference between "clean meat" and "traditional meat". Then there is the issue of large-scale production systems, which costs a lot. And of course, how do you sell this kind of meat instead of the "real" ones? A consumer might not like it, because it is produced in labs and not by an animal. Organic food is much more appealing, but what do people think about eating protein that is grown in a laboratory? And it should be as affordable and tasty as its traditional meat counterpart. Scientists are aware of this problem but are confident to solve this. "It takes time", Post said. Does it help the environment? ( Read also: Reduce Your Personal Environmental Impact: Tips & Tricks ) Researchers from the University of Oxford have the idea that lab-grown meat actually could be worse for the environment than livestock farming. There are a lot of uncertainties around the large-scale meat production, what it looks like and what it tastes like. Therefore, we need to invest in the production of large-scale meat production. This means we have to deal with physical effort and energy requirements to produce this lab-grown meat. So, we are still on the journey at the start of this new kind of meat. Are we eating lab-grown meat in the future? {youtube}                                                                                  Growing Meat in a Lab Yes, that could be the case. But for now, it is still in the future, because we have to overcome a lot of challenges. Do not think you can buy lab-grown meat in the supermarkets any day now. For now, plant-based alternatives are substitutes for lab-grown meat or traditional meat. In this plant-based alternative, you also find protein, an impressively accurate meat-like texture and taste. Just keep hoping and waiting and in the future, we will have plant-based and/or cell-based products, because they are more sustainable, efficient and way more humane. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle  
If you love food, as many of us do, you must have heard of the 'farm to fork' movement. This is a movement which promotes serving local and fresh food at restaurants. However, are you familiar with 'lab to table'? And what do you think about that? ' Lab to table' does not sound as incredible as 'farm to fork', but it might be the solution for the future: zero animals are killed, but we create a mass production of lab-grown meat that looks and tastes the same as regular meat. Besides, lab-grown meat could also help the environment, because there is way less food waste in the process. Can we produce meat in labs? Is this how our future will be? ( Also intersting:  Super Food Designed To Match Your Genome: Star Trek Reality ) Lab meat! A dream from the past The idea of lab-grown meat is not something of recent events but has been around since decades. It was actually Winston Churchill, who had the idea of lab meat. He took a look at the culinary prognostication. Churchill thought that, within 50 years, we do not need to grow a whole chicken to only eat the breast or wing, and that can be accomplished by growing single parts on their own.  The man was right. Of course, this is not something to do quickly, but the idea has been shaped. In 2013, the Dutch pharmacologist and Professor Mark Post of Vascular Physiology showed the first lab-grown burger. In the lab, he used animal cells, without actually killing an animal, as a food source. From that moment on, clean meat has taken interest from many people and entrepreneurs. Since then, many companies copied the idea and are working on the technology ( Read also: Smarter Technology In Agriculture Will Feet The Planet ) to make clean meat better, so they obtain a small number of animal cells from high-quality livestock animals to duplicate the taste, the texture, and the ability to efficiently self-renew. Benefits of Lab-grown meat Not everyone is looking forward to this process but let us mention the benefits of why we should go for lab-grown meat. First of all, many animals are poorly treated, they live in unfortunate circumstances, and we eat it in spite of how it is produced. Moreover, food waste also has a prominent role in this matter. We do not use every part of an animal, so lab-grown meat could grow some elements that we do eat. Livestock animals produce 15 per cent of global gas emissions, according to the United Nations. That is not the only problem; livestock animal production uses a large amount of water, while toxic substances used in agriculture can enter natural waters, destroying habitats, animals and plants in the process. According to Post, one of the most devastating consequences of livestock farming is massive deforestation. For example, around 70 per cent of the Amazon rainforest has already been deforested for grazing. The production of farmed meat is expected to consume 99 per cent less land so that areas could be reforested again. Also, the traditional meat production is very inefficient: it is unnecessarily expensive, unnecessarily damaging to the environment, causes unnecessary animal suffering and will in its present form be challenging to meet the growing human demand for meat.   Solving problems There are still some challenges we need to overcome. On the scientific front, challenges remain around the reproductive capacity of the used cells, and there must be a reducing difference between "clean meat" and "traditional meat". Then there is the issue of large-scale production systems, which costs a lot. And of course, how do you sell this kind of meat instead of the "real" ones? A consumer might not like it, because it is produced in labs and not by an animal. Organic food is much more appealing, but what do people think about eating protein that is grown in a laboratory? And it should be as affordable and tasty as its traditional meat counterpart. Scientists are aware of this problem but are confident to solve this. "It takes time", Post said. Does it help the environment? ( Read also: Reduce Your Personal Environmental Impact: Tips & Tricks ) Researchers from the University of Oxford have the idea that lab-grown meat actually could be worse for the environment than livestock farming. There are a lot of uncertainties around the large-scale meat production, what it looks like and what it tastes like. Therefore, we need to invest in the production of large-scale meat production. This means we have to deal with physical effort and energy requirements to produce this lab-grown meat. So, we are still on the journey at the start of this new kind of meat. Are we eating lab-grown meat in the future? {youtube}                                                                                  Growing Meat in a Lab Yes, that could be the case. But for now, it is still in the future, because we have to overcome a lot of challenges. Do not think you can buy lab-grown meat in the supermarkets any day now. For now, plant-based alternatives are substitutes for lab-grown meat or traditional meat. In this plant-based alternative, you also find protein, an impressively accurate meat-like texture and taste. Just keep hoping and waiting and in the future, we will have plant-based and/or cell-based products, because they are more sustainable, efficient and way more humane. https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle  
Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality?
Food Future: Serving Lab-Meat In Restaurants Reality?
Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks
Chances are that you will read this message while sitting behind the fan: several European cities and towns broke heat records. Also, there are extreme heat warnings for much of the Eastern United States. A few days ago, in the Netherlands, temperatures rose to 40,7 degrees, breaking the record of 1944. A national heat plan was set out. And that’s just one of the many examples. Last month was the hottest June in 139 years of record-keeping, according to NASA. Heatwaves are not only very uncomfortable, but dangerous: Red Cross even calls them silent killers. That’s why one of the largest disaster relief agencies has a message for the world: with simple (and often inexpensive) steps heat waves don’t have to be deadly. Warming climate Our planet is getter hotter, and heat waves ( Also interesting: Heatwaves Worldwide: Nothing New! How to Protect Your Self ) are becoming a more dangerous enemy for people vulnerable people. The worst heat waves in Europe over the last 500 years, for instance, have all come in the previous 17 years. If the emissions of heat-trapping gases continue to increase at the current pace, the United States and Europe are projected to have twice the number of sweltering and humid days that feel like at least 38 degrees Celsius, says this Union of Concerned Scientist study. They are not the only ones concerned. “Heat waves are silent killers,” according to Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “They take the lives of people who are already vulnerable.” Those include older people, people that are overweight, and the poor. {youtube} Soaring temperatures broke records in Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands as a heat wave gripped Europe for the second time in a month in 2019 Cities and companies should deal with heatwaves With industrial emissions having increased average global temperatures over the last 150 years, scientists say heat waves are becoming more frequent and longer-lasting. Heat records are being broken in cold and hot places and the heat spikes that were once considered rare are growing more prevalent. With the knowledge of this distressing information, cities and companies should prepare for more record-breaking hot days over the long term. One of the things a city can do to beat the heat is, for example, painting rooftops and sidewalks in reflective white paint. Companies should add heat waves to their list of occupational hazards, and especially make allowances for outdoor workers to rest during peak heat hours. It is also essential for a company to have enough fluids available for the employees in times of severe heat. Things you can do to cool down; Tips & Tricks Heat waves can be a silent killer for those who are already vulnerable, but heat can also affect seemingly healthy people. Especially dangerous for human health is when night-time temperatures don’t drop sufficiently to allow the body to cool down. We all must know how to cool down effectively if we want to avoid things like heatstroke. You can do more than drink water and wear sunscreen: here are some tips. 1. Recognize the symptoms of overheating If you are starting to feel at all unwell, with symptoms such as a headache, dizziness, excessive sweating, or a fast pulse, it might be heat exhaustion. If untreated, heat exhaustion can turn into heatstroke, which is much more severe. If this happens to you or someone else: lay down in a cool place, drink flinty of fluids, and call emergency services if the condition doesn’t improve after 30 minutes. 2. Make sure your house is cool Is your house well equipped to keep you cool? To ensure your windows can be opened and if they are exposed to direct sunlight, make sure shutters, blinds or curtains are installed which can help to keep heat out. Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day as a preventative measure to stop your room from overheating. Also, check if your fridge and fans are working correctly, and make sure you have enough food and water you need in case you are unable to leave your property during the hottest times of the day. Extra trip: freeze your fan freeze by placing a bowl of ice in front of the blowing fan. Your room will become cooler as the ice melts! 3. Eat smaller portions and stay hydrated Eat smaller portions throughout the day, as larger meals will warm your body up as it works to process. Stay hydrated by drinking cool glasses of water throughout the day. It can be enough to bring your body temperature down. Also, always bring lots of water (or other fluids) with you when you’re going out. 4. How to dress Opting for lightweight cotton clothing is the best option when it's scorching outside. Wear a hat and sunglasses, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF and excellent UVA protection, and go for clothing made of lightweight, natural materials to make your skin breathe in hot weather. Go for clothes in lighter tints, like white of creams. 5. Cover yourself up Cover your head with a cap, hat or sombrero. Wear a sunblock, to not only avoid the skin tan, but also other skin diseases caused by sun’s ultraviolet rays. 6. Keep your body cool If you want to lower your body temperature, you can rinse tour wrists with cold water. Also, keep your moisturizers in the fridge for a cooling effect by applying a cold moisturizer to your body. A quick and straightforward way to help take your temperature down is to dunk your feet into an ice bucket. 7. Breathe in, breathe out The cheapest way to cool off is to inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose. You will create a naturally refreshing effect. In theory, when taking in breath this way, your saliva should help cool the air before it's taken to your lungs. 8. Get in the shade If you still want to go outside during a heat wave, it's advisable to step into the shade between 11am and 3pm from March to October. Don’t forget your sunscreen! ( Also interesting: Airbnb Tripadvisor, Hospitality Influencers : Tourism Damage )  9. Go low for a better sleep Can´t sleep because of the heat? Hot air rises, so get down as low as you can to make sure you’re surrounded by cool air. Sleep on the floor, or even head downstairs, if you’re getting desperate to escape the heat. At home and while traveling 10. Always carry water with you Many of us don’t have the habit of carrying a bottle of water while travelling. You should re-look at this habit and carry water more than you usually drink. Photo by:  Ryan Everton   11. Carry electrolytes and oral rehydration solution Water is very much essential, but it is equally important to have a packet of either electrolytes or oral rehydration solution twice a day if you sweat a lot. The reason is very straightforward. You lose a lot of electrolytes and minerals out of perspiration. You may also mix it with coconut water, khus sharbat or nimbu paani (lemonade). This will replenish the minerals lost due to excessive sweating. 12. Know what to eat and what to avoid When the temperatures are soaring outside, it is better to have light food. Avoid spicy and oily stuff. Oily foods reduce the percentage of naturally present water in your body. So, junks are a complete no-no. Eat healthy food that will help you increase your immunity. Have more succulent veggies that rehydrate - bottle gourd, turai, pumpkin, lotus stem and the like. 13. Eat loads of fruits Fruits contain 80-90% water, natural sugar and essential vitamins. Watermelons, tomatoes, oranges, fresh apricots, peaches, plums and pineapples are great summer choices. 14. Avoid alcohol As tempting as it might be, if you know that you are going to be travelling in the sun, then alcohol is best avoided. Consumption of alcohol drops down your hydration levels. 15. Step out early or after sunset This may not be possible to do every time. However, avoid the scorching heat and charter out plans to fit in either early morning or post sunset excursions. 16. Carry insulated bags for food The sweltering heat is not only bad for skin, but also spoils the food. Insulated bags will prevent them from getting perished. 17. Summer first aid First of all, make sure that your first aid kit is insulated and waterproof. Carry wet tissues to wipe off your sweat. Aloe Vera gel is excellent for sunburns. Instant ice packs work well for soothing your body heat as well as for inflammation. Other items that should always be a part of your first aid kit are sanitiser, bandages, cotton, gloves, tweezers, thermometer, personal medication, antiseptic & antibiotic creams and medicines. Enjoy your summer holiday! Cover photo by: Christian Bowen https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
Chances are that you will read this message while sitting behind the fan: several European cities and towns broke heat records. Also, there are extreme heat warnings for much of the Eastern United States. A few days ago, in the Netherlands, temperatures rose to 40,7 degrees, breaking the record of 1944. A national heat plan was set out. And that’s just one of the many examples. Last month was the hottest June in 139 years of record-keeping, according to NASA. Heatwaves are not only very uncomfortable, but dangerous: Red Cross even calls them silent killers. That’s why one of the largest disaster relief agencies has a message for the world: with simple (and often inexpensive) steps heat waves don’t have to be deadly. Warming climate Our planet is getter hotter, and heat waves ( Also interesting: Heatwaves Worldwide: Nothing New! How to Protect Your Self ) are becoming a more dangerous enemy for people vulnerable people. The worst heat waves in Europe over the last 500 years, for instance, have all come in the previous 17 years. If the emissions of heat-trapping gases continue to increase at the current pace, the United States and Europe are projected to have twice the number of sweltering and humid days that feel like at least 38 degrees Celsius, says this Union of Concerned Scientist study. They are not the only ones concerned. “Heat waves are silent killers,” according to Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “They take the lives of people who are already vulnerable.” Those include older people, people that are overweight, and the poor. {youtube} Soaring temperatures broke records in Germany, France, Britain and the Netherlands as a heat wave gripped Europe for the second time in a month in 2019 Cities and companies should deal with heatwaves With industrial emissions having increased average global temperatures over the last 150 years, scientists say heat waves are becoming more frequent and longer-lasting. Heat records are being broken in cold and hot places and the heat spikes that were once considered rare are growing more prevalent. With the knowledge of this distressing information, cities and companies should prepare for more record-breaking hot days over the long term. One of the things a city can do to beat the heat is, for example, painting rooftops and sidewalks in reflective white paint. Companies should add heat waves to their list of occupational hazards, and especially make allowances for outdoor workers to rest during peak heat hours. It is also essential for a company to have enough fluids available for the employees in times of severe heat. Things you can do to cool down; Tips & Tricks Heat waves can be a silent killer for those who are already vulnerable, but heat can also affect seemingly healthy people. Especially dangerous for human health is when night-time temperatures don’t drop sufficiently to allow the body to cool down. We all must know how to cool down effectively if we want to avoid things like heatstroke. You can do more than drink water and wear sunscreen: here are some tips. 1. Recognize the symptoms of overheating If you are starting to feel at all unwell, with symptoms such as a headache, dizziness, excessive sweating, or a fast pulse, it might be heat exhaustion. If untreated, heat exhaustion can turn into heatstroke, which is much more severe. If this happens to you or someone else: lay down in a cool place, drink flinty of fluids, and call emergency services if the condition doesn’t improve after 30 minutes. 2. Make sure your house is cool Is your house well equipped to keep you cool? To ensure your windows can be opened and if they are exposed to direct sunlight, make sure shutters, blinds or curtains are installed which can help to keep heat out. Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day as a preventative measure to stop your room from overheating. Also, check if your fridge and fans are working correctly, and make sure you have enough food and water you need in case you are unable to leave your property during the hottest times of the day. Extra trip: freeze your fan freeze by placing a bowl of ice in front of the blowing fan. Your room will become cooler as the ice melts! 3. Eat smaller portions and stay hydrated Eat smaller portions throughout the day, as larger meals will warm your body up as it works to process. Stay hydrated by drinking cool glasses of water throughout the day. It can be enough to bring your body temperature down. Also, always bring lots of water (or other fluids) with you when you’re going out. 4. How to dress Opting for lightweight cotton clothing is the best option when it's scorching outside. Wear a hat and sunglasses, apply a sunscreen with a high SPF and excellent UVA protection, and go for clothing made of lightweight, natural materials to make your skin breathe in hot weather. Go for clothes in lighter tints, like white of creams. 5. Cover yourself up Cover your head with a cap, hat or sombrero. Wear a sunblock, to not only avoid the skin tan, but also other skin diseases caused by sun’s ultraviolet rays. 6. Keep your body cool If you want to lower your body temperature, you can rinse tour wrists with cold water. Also, keep your moisturizers in the fridge for a cooling effect by applying a cold moisturizer to your body. A quick and straightforward way to help take your temperature down is to dunk your feet into an ice bucket. 7. Breathe in, breathe out The cheapest way to cool off is to inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose. You will create a naturally refreshing effect. In theory, when taking in breath this way, your saliva should help cool the air before it's taken to your lungs. 8. Get in the shade If you still want to go outside during a heat wave, it's advisable to step into the shade between 11am and 3pm from March to October. Don’t forget your sunscreen! ( Also interesting: Airbnb Tripadvisor, Hospitality Influencers : Tourism Damage )  9. Go low for a better sleep Can´t sleep because of the heat? Hot air rises, so get down as low as you can to make sure you’re surrounded by cool air. Sleep on the floor, or even head downstairs, if you’re getting desperate to escape the heat. At home and while traveling 10. Always carry water with you Many of us don’t have the habit of carrying a bottle of water while travelling. You should re-look at this habit and carry water more than you usually drink. Photo by:  Ryan Everton   11. Carry electrolytes and oral rehydration solution Water is very much essential, but it is equally important to have a packet of either electrolytes or oral rehydration solution twice a day if you sweat a lot. The reason is very straightforward. You lose a lot of electrolytes and minerals out of perspiration. You may also mix it with coconut water, khus sharbat or nimbu paani (lemonade). This will replenish the minerals lost due to excessive sweating. 12. Know what to eat and what to avoid When the temperatures are soaring outside, it is better to have light food. Avoid spicy and oily stuff. Oily foods reduce the percentage of naturally present water in your body. So, junks are a complete no-no. Eat healthy food that will help you increase your immunity. Have more succulent veggies that rehydrate - bottle gourd, turai, pumpkin, lotus stem and the like. 13. Eat loads of fruits Fruits contain 80-90% water, natural sugar and essential vitamins. Watermelons, tomatoes, oranges, fresh apricots, peaches, plums and pineapples are great summer choices. 14. Avoid alcohol As tempting as it might be, if you know that you are going to be travelling in the sun, then alcohol is best avoided. Consumption of alcohol drops down your hydration levels. 15. Step out early or after sunset This may not be possible to do every time. However, avoid the scorching heat and charter out plans to fit in either early morning or post sunset excursions. 16. Carry insulated bags for food The sweltering heat is not only bad for skin, but also spoils the food. Insulated bags will prevent them from getting perished. 17. Summer first aid First of all, make sure that your first aid kit is insulated and waterproof. Carry wet tissues to wipe off your sweat. Aloe Vera gel is excellent for sunburns. Instant ice packs work well for soothing your body heat as well as for inflammation. Other items that should always be a part of your first aid kit are sanitiser, bandages, cotton, gloves, tweezers, thermometer, personal medication, antiseptic & antibiotic creams and medicines. Enjoy your summer holiday! Cover photo by: Christian Bowen https://www.whatsorb.com/solution/community/lifestyle
Heat Waves: How Can You Cool Down Effectively. Tips & Tricks
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A community is you and me. A network of social, economic, ecological and many other relationships. We all work together and live in urban, suburban and rural areas. Social sustainability is becoming increasingly important on our small planet. We define: support, quality of life, development, adaptation, rights and labour.

We belong to a group of individuals - our society - in which we belong geographically. Certain environmental issues play an important role in our society. Here, sustainable solutions are sought, developed and implemented. This may differ from societies in other countries, but because of our global environmental issues and dependence, we must learn to work more together so that we can all benefit from sharing sustainable knowledge to tackle, for example, climate change.

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Lifestyle is the way we live, the dynamics of personality. Fashion defines our self and together with food it is getting - at present - an even more important role in our society. It's not just about taste, but especially about the burden that the fashion industry, agriculture and the meat industry have on our resources, especially water.

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