Sea vegetables are becoming the ‘in thing’ for enjoying a salty harvest food. This
is one of a few pieces of information which helped to brighten my day, along with
an herb which has shown positive results in killing cancer cells. There is also an
unfortunate consequence of a ‘green’ choice which I have featured a couple of
When you think of seaweed, kelp, dulse, alaria and laver you may not be aware
of how they are showing up on menus. They give a ‘jolt’ of salty flavoring to such
foods as soups, salads and sushi. Their potential higher level of essential minerals
may lead us to possibilities in the following ‘goodies:
Seaweed filled bagels, ice cream and chips.
I believe they already may be on the upcoming flavor list for those weird sodas
found in delicatessens. (I wrote a blog awhile back on the strange concoctions
which were being served as healthy beverages alternatives to pop.)
Another news item concerning seaweed is it may become more frequently
‘farmed’ rather than harvested from the ocean. This makes sense since
waters and shipping areas sometimes choose to shut down in winter, less
traffic in certain climates.
Seaweed can be a ‘winter crop’ to keep people out on ships, but it also could
be managed in warehouses like many vegetables have become raised in water
beds. You may be purchasing instead of ‘hydroponic tomatoes’ you could choose
‘hydroponic sea vegetables.’
An example of someone who chooses to diversify his shipping business is
entrepreneur, Matthew Moretti. He operates Bangs Island Mussels, which is
both a shellfish farm and kelp farm.
Bangs Island Mussels is located in Casco Bay, near Portland, Maine.
Here is why Matthew Moretti has branched out, in his own words:
“Mussels are monoculture so growing sugar kelp between mussel rafts creates
a more ecological model.”
(Source: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable
The following news item upset me and made me quite sad. I hope you will help
to promote less wind turbine usage during nights. I had not heard this in time
to add to my article which featured more prevalence of this ‘green source’ of
energy. I still believe in wind, solar and other alternative sources of power.
Do you want to know why we must try to prevent night usage of wind turbines?
There have been up to 300,000 bats effected in Europe from the wind turbines.
They are being found dead at the bottom of the turbines, especially due to their
migratory patterns at night.
As you know, bats are vital and natural pest controllers. They save the use of
millions of pounds of pesticides and since many species are declining world wide,
we must try to protect them. The option to reduce turbine activity during times of
peak migration is being suggested. I saw a photo of one of the little soft brown
bats dead with its little wings and feet looking so pitiful.
One great fact I learned about bats is scientists have discovered their being
one of the only examples of mammals to use polarization patterns in the sky to
navigate. One of the bat species named for this trait was the ‘mouse-eared bat.’
The study showed that bats use the way sunlight is scattered in the atmosphere
at sunset to ‘calibrate’ their internal magnetic compass. This helps them to fly in
the right direction.
The researcher who published this study, as a co-author, was Richard Holland,
PhD. of Queen’s University, Belfast, Ireland. The article was published in “Narure
Some creatures who have ‘better,’ or more easily understood, abilities to navigate
without being harmed use interesting ‘detectors.’ The bees have special adapted
photo-receptors in their eyes. Birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles all have cone
cell structures in their eyes which help them to detect polarization.
A brilliant new natural way of possibly reducing cancer is found in ‘wild thyme.’
Wow! A study published in “Nutrition and Cancer Journal” mentions that the
herb, thyme, has been found to be much more than a cooking spice. Scientists
have tested using methanol to extract its essence. Thymus serphyllum, used in
laboratory testing, could kill cells of two types of breast cancer. Research also
found the extract was safe for normally developing healthy breast cells. The
researchers gave their results saying wild thyme may provide the means for a
promising natural cancer treatment.
I enjoy learning about scientific research and outcomes. The overall examples
using seaweed as a food source and using thyme to battle cancer cells, were
ones I felt were positive. I wish there were a way to prevent bats from flying into
wind turbines and help the population of natural insect controllers to continue
to live long and healthy lives. It is always good to figure these things out, since
most studies have two sides or positions to research. I like to ‘know’ which side
I am on, before I support one or the other.
What’s new around your piece of the world?
Does scientific news interest you?