Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eat like a caveman.

Do you want to be a caveman? (
There are people on this planet who are slimmer, stronger and faster than us. They rarely contract diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, schizophrenia and cancer, says Dr, Ben Balzer, a physician in the US.

These people are the last tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. Their secret is their so-called natural” diet which has changed little from that of the first humans 2 million years ago, says Balzer, a proponent of the hunter-gatherer or Paleolithic diet, sometimes called the caveman diet. The thing is, would you want to live like them and eat the food they eat?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Vertical Garden – a solution to the urban food blues?

Nature Seychelles portable Vertical Garden

So you want to grow herbs and spices but you don't have enough space? Live in an apartment and don’t have land around you for a veg garden? Have no fear Nature Seychelles has come up with a solution that will give everyone a garden. On the occasion of World Food Day vertical gardens are the latest innovation launched by Nature Seychelles’ Heritage Garden programme. Our portable model has been built from ‘found’ wood and recycled ice cream tubs, but really, you can use bamboo, plastic guttering, pipes, fencing or any other appropriate material. The garden can be as big as you want it to be. I would like to see a time when every home in the new estate at Perseverance has a thriving vertical garden. Wow! That would give each household a good measure of food security.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Prototype this! Scientists get money to apply research in the Western Indian Ocean

Nature Seychelles' Reef Rescuers - proof of concept
“You scientists are always doing more research on the same things. Why don’t you solve all these problems that we have here?” a venture capitalist in Kenya grumbled to me last week.

I was in Mombasa, Kenya last week for the Inception and Partnership meeting organized by WIOMSA, the organization of which I am the President. The meeting was to launch WIOMSA's brand new Marine and Coastal Science for Management program.

My friend the businessman would have been pleased if he had been present because this new 5 year program aims to fund research that will lead to demonstration on the ground. In other words making a workable prototype of whatever the research comes up with.