mangroves food security


Going peanuts

I’ve started to eat nuts again.  In the field office several years ago, colleagues used to eat PHP10 worth (10 grams) of salted native peanuts daily and when the field manager bought free snacks for all, it was often nuts.  I wasn’t into the food.  The chewing didn’t appeal to me.  In short, I was lazy that way.

These days, I noticed that my skin gets dry easily.  A colleague told me she noticed that I seldom drink water.  She’s right.  That was the same comment from the Mother Superior aeons ago.  You need to drink water, she said, anyway the body eliminates whatever excess you take in.  I heard her but didn’t take her advice to heart.  Early this year, I confessed to a colleague that I didn’t drink much because I was too lazy walking to the restroom several times a day.

These days I’m thinking about the consequences seriously:  it’s either laziness which inevitably leads to kidney stones or a longer life and healthier body.

So, apart from really making the effort to drink enough water, I went out one day and bought freshly roasted peanuts.  I found the PHP10 worth of wasn’t much of an effort to chew.  I’d stick with that.

peanuts via motherearthnews

Large-scale shiitake mushroom cultivation

Sustainable agriculture was among the programs supported by my former employer.  At field office there was a time when the trending topic was mushroom cultivation which was to be an alternative source of protein for undernourished children.

Some among us took personal interest in the technology and eventually ventured into cultivation either as a hobby or on small-scale commercial production.  A colleague who was the first to try homebased production said that his family was already complaining of having to eat mushrooms everyday.  We told him that we were his other family and were not complaining.  We said he was welcome to cook for us experimental dishes everyday which he did.