Latest #Support Posts
- Artisanal rice and "ancient" heirloom rice in Japan.
Rice farmers had been protected by the government for decades, but now those protections seem to be set to erode even more. But as the old Sufi saying goes: “the branch brakes and the bird flies”. Hopefully. So some farmers are coping with this concentrating on making high quality, organic rice only. The rice produced like this is still in very short supply, such is the case of Nonki Farm in Harie, Shiga prefecture. It is expensive, but it's a trend that is set to increase. Japanese rice farms are usually quite small, and can't really compete on the price level with cheap imported rice that's grown on vast fields in the U.S. or China. So...why not go high end?
Some artisanal-rice farmers are also trying out heirloom varieties of rice that had been abandoned in the postwar period. Called kodai-mai (ancient rice), these varieties come in intriguing natural colors such as green, red-purple and black. Most have a sticky glutinous quality like mochi or sweet rice.
Besides their color and flavor, these ancient rice varieties are said to have nutritional benefits too, or at least more so than plain old white rice. Aka-mai (red rice) is rich in tannins just like red wine, and ryoku-mai (green rice) has chlorophyll. Black rice, called kuro-mai, has the most purported health benefits: The rich purple-black color comes from anthocyanins, and the grain is also rich in vitamin C and various minerals.
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- New Mandrill Enclosure! Last year we completed the construction of a new mandrill enclosure thanks to two very generous people. Papa Atangana, pictured as a young man, was a local cacao farmer and part of the plantation society. He sadly passed away in 2010, but during his lifetime he was an active community member and, among other things, helped to build the church of Metet. Papa Atangana donated the land he once farmed to Ape Action Africa, and the new mandrill enclosure, which has been built on this site, has been dedicated to his memory. .
As well as receiving help from local communities, we also have a wonderful group of international supporters, and the construction of the entire enclosure was very generously funded by one of our UK donors, Keith Davidson. .
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved in this project. Visit our page again soon to see the mandrills enjoying their large, new area of forest. .
📷 Ape Action Africa / Alex Benitez
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- Warning- Struggling today!
I promised myself I would use this page to share my honest thoughts and feelings and today I’m struggling.
I know it’s because Aunt flow arrived today and physically since my D&C she has been kicking my ass but I’m starting to notice the mental and emotional turmoil she brings with her too. Another month where my body could not do what it’s designed to do... 😔 I feel so Un-womanly... does anyone else get that? I’m also aware I’ve pit on a fair bit of weight since my miscarriage and that is bringing me down, I’m uncomfortable with it and I just cannot seem to motivate myself into doing something about it. I feel unsexy, unattractive and starting to almost feel less of a woman if that makes sense 🤔 I know once I’m back in the groove of diet and exerscise I’m fine but I cannot find that groove at the moment. I comfort eat when I’m low, and I guess things have been low for a while.
How negative do I sound?! I hate feeling this way! I’ve always been a bubbly and happy person but these past few months especially feel like they’ve been chipping away at that and I need to find a way back. I’ve lost that love I had for myself and we all need that.
Ok whinging over! Im going to try and take the next few days easy while AF is in town and then I’m going to try gently ease myself back into the gym and watching my diet... try and take the pressure off. I think that’s one of my biggest problems is I put so much pressure and high expectations on myself and then beat myself when it doesn’t work out.
Anyway, I needed to vent, I needed to put it out there and hopefully I can let it go. I’m sure we have all had days like this! If you took the time to read all of this your amazing and thank you 😘 In sure this is purely down to AF and I will bounce back in a couple of days.
Baby Dust and love to you all 💞🎉
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