Saturday, August 11, 2012

On Breastfeeding

Infant being Fed
Tampa, Fla -- The annual World Breastfeeding Week, and what is always intended to educate women and families that the practice is beneficial for both infant and mother it always sparks controversy form conservative sectors who think that the simple exercise of a woman feeding their child is immoral.

Breastfeeding has been under intense publicity in last few months of 2012, since Elisabeth Badinter book hit the shelves and the debate started again if it's OK that mothers should feed their babies on a comfortable public space.? It's OK but since America is based on a patriarchal model there are people who consider this act just another form of pornography and it is wrong to think that a bond between a mother and a child is lewd while it shows that is beneficial to the child's development.

There are some strange taboos as well behaviors regarding some mothers as they decide to extend the breastfeeding period to an age the child is mature but it can be related to some psychological problems related to the mother. But why such an archaic and a common practice is suddenly a hot topic.? Because people feel uncomfortable due as the stigma of a woman body and as we said before the patriarchal influence where is OK to discriminate women. Last week there were several mass nurse-in to coincide with the World Health Organization designated Breastfeeding Week around Wuhan, China where 30 mothers decided to stage a flashmob to protest about the lack of conditions regarding equality to women so they would have a place to feed their children at peace and also to influence social acceptance regarding that is not wrong to feed your child n public.

The organizer of D.C. nurse-in Rachel Papatonakis organized the event because of different reactions she got about the attitudes of people asking women to button up in public - We've all been told that breastfeeding is the ideal way to feed a child, but still people regard the breast as something purely sexual -. In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called on hospitals to promote breastfeeding on newly mothers and to keep formula under lock as it would be treated as medication and only used as an ultimate option because breastfeeding it's healthier for the baby and people should learn how amazing it is instead of sexualizing everything.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Easy Recipe: Cucumber, Watermelon and Mango Salad

Cucumber, Watermelon and Mango Salad
I have to share with everyone this, I read it on the Seattle Times and I tried right away because it looked so easy to make, it was extremely easy to make and it was amazing to enjoy because it mix hot and cold temperatures, think of a hot brownie with a vanilla ice cream except this is a delicious and healthier alternative.

You can play with the contrast when you make a salad it don't have to be lettuce and leafs, it can be colorful and cheerful and the creator of this delicacy Arthur Potts pairs a juxtaposition of flavors and intensities to create a vibrant meal.

This is will make six servings:

  1. 2 -Cups peeled, seeded and chopped cucumber.
  2. 2-Cups diced watermelon.
  3. 2-Cups diced fresh mango.
  4. 3-Tablespoons chopped fresh mint, plus whole leaves to serve
  5. 1-Red chili, thinly sliced.
  6. 1-Green chili, thinly sliced.
  7. 1-Tablespoon of fish sauce (You can actually replace this with something sour of your enjoyment)
  8. 1-Tablespoon mirin
  9. 1/3 Cup olive oil.
  10. Salt and ground black pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, watermelon, mango, chopped mint and red and green chilies. Always mixing gently.
  • In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together the fish sauce, mirin and olive oil. Drizzle over the salad, then mix gently. Season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with mint leaves.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

In The Hunt of Mobula and Manta Rays'

Underside of Manta Ray
I recently read an article on Nat Geo magazine, it's a short article accompanied by a big panorama photo of dead rays in what it seems to be a supermarket in a Middle African or Southern Asian nation, it's impossible to identify but the photo is quite powerful enough. I opted not to put such a crude photo instead I found this one on Wikipedia which I think is fantastic.

Now there is a new trend mixed with an old tradition of so called millenial medecine which is putting these creatures more on the verge of extinction beside the already major problems they present on the ocean because of the fishing vessels. China's demand for dried grill rakers as purported medicine for chicken pox and other ailments means a big manta can fetch several hundred of dollars versus the US$20 up to US$40 for their meat.

According to National Geographic, last year around 100.000 of the rays landed in the global fish markets, placing some concerns around the preservation communities. "As quickly as rays started appearing in markets, we fear they could disappear from the sea as just quickly", says Shawn Heinrichs, lead author of the report released by conservation groups WildAid and Shark Savers.

One of the most well known charities that is trying an effort to keep this deviled giants of the oceans afloat is the Manta Trust located in the UK, where they accept donations as well volunteers who want to help in the fight.

Organic Indoor Garden, First Tutorial (Video #1)

Organic Indoor Garden, Tutorial #1
This is a small project I initiated last year but opposite to last year indoor garden I am going to show different stages on how to ensemble one from buying the basics to using recyclable items you can find in your house.

One this very first tutorial we are going to explore what items to buy on a really good price and what kind of soil to use as well seeds and the in the process. As we go on further we are going to explore the deeps of indoor garden and what benefits it creates to your pocket as you can save some extra bucks in spices as well some produces'. If you want to know more about organic garden, this book is really enlighten Burpee By Cutler, Karan Davis/ Cavagnarok, David (PHT)  I hope you enjoy the book and the video.