11 year-old lands million dollar contract to sell her bee-saving lemonade at Whole Foods

Mikaila Ulmer is an 11 year-old girl who is making quite a name for herself, and for honeybees. The Texan child entrepreneur just negotiated a million dollar contract with Whole Foods. The natural food conglomerate will be selling Ulmer’s BeeSweet Lemonade, an all-natural beverage made with 100% fresh-squeezed lemon juice, flax seeds, mint and Texas wildflower honey. Ulmer donates a portion of her profits to organizations that are fighting to save honey bee populations, and she’s now making quite the buzz around the business world.

After appearing on the television series Shark Tank last year, Ulmer secured a $60,000 investment from FUBU CEO Daymond John. Just one year later, her lemonade business has really taken off, landing a million dollar contract with America’s largest natural food supplier. BeeSweet lemonade will now be available in 55 Whole Foods stores across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Louisiana.

Ms. Ulmer was most recently featured as the celebrity chef of the 2016 White House Easter Egg Roll. It’s wonderful to see her sweet success recognized by the world, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her.

Source: 11 year-old lands million dollar contract to sell her bee-saving lemonade at Whole Foods

Campbell’s will be the first major food company to disclose GMO ingredients on its labels

Campbell’s Soup Company, which also serves as the parent company for brands such as Pepperidge Farms, Swanson, Prego, and V8, just announced that they will now begin disclosing genetically modified ingredients on all of their product labels. The first major food company to support mandatory GMO labeling, Campbell’s is also planning on withdrawing from coalitions of food and chemical companies that are against this labeling, so the folks at Monsanto probably won’t be sharing a bowl of chicken noodle soup at Campbell’s headquarters anytime soon. While we applaud Campbell’s for taking this step toward transparency for consumers, we have an even better idea for the canned food giant: stop using any GMO ingredients, and you won’t need those special labels to begin with! Campbell’s apparently believes that GMOs are completely safe, contending that, “the science indicates that foods derived from crops grown using genetically modified seeds are not nutritionally different from other foods” and also that GMOs “will play a crucial role in feeding the world.” Campbell’s also announced plans recently to eliminate artificial ingredients from its products by 2018. While a mandate on GMO labeling is still in federal and state legislation purgatory, the public’s interest in the issue is clear: 92% of consumers are in favor of a clear labeling system.

via EWG and Bloomberg Business

Source: Campbell’s will be the first major food company to disclose GMO ingredients on its labels

Mothers of Africa – Ignite The Youth

 

Iheme Ogechi Linda

Iheme Ogechi Linda

It was just before twilight and on this day the cloud was dark, promising rain sooner or later. I was coming from evening mass and as I hurried down the road connecting Saint Albert Catholic Church to the Clinical Students’ Hostel (University of Benin), I came across my friend Abigail. As always we kicked-up a conversation about her dreams as a Nigerian woman. Abigail has just completed her final year papers at the Department of Microbiology, University of Benin. As we discussed, I asked her what she would like to do next, since she will officially be a graduate in two weeks’ time. Although not sure in her response, she revealed that she was seriously considering to pursue medicine. And according to her, this was the course she applied for before she was “given” microbiology.

I was not impressed with Abigail’s idea of returning to school to study for another six years before she qualifies as a doctor. However, I was more depressed by the fact that her major reason for this consideration, was for her to study a course that will increase her chances of being employed! Frustrated with this idea, I desperately explained to her, the concept of Entrepreneurship as I wrote in my last article “THINK AGAIN”.

But just as the discussion was coming to an end, Abigail threw an unexpected bomb! She told me how her roommate, Jezebel, had advised her to forget about the stress of returning to school. Instead, she advised her to prepare herself for a “better Husband” (in most cases, the words “better Husband” do not mean a man of good character, but rather a “very wealthy man”). The truth still remains, as much as we have women who are working hard to see that the world is a better place, we also have so many young women who still want to fold their arms and wait for a very ‘Rich’ man (their Messiah) who will marry them and take them to their dream land! How can a young woman of the 21st century still have this mentality??? Such women continue to live among us, in Nigeria, in different African nations and the world at large.

An African woman must have a mentality different from that of Jezebel! You should have your own dreams! Indeed marriage may be good; in the sense that many people are the products of the marriage between their parents, but there is so much more to it! We the mothers of Africa want so much more today; society demands that we must bring a lot more to the table! How do you explain to your boyfriend, fiancé or husband that marriage is a partnership in which he is the person that pays the home bills and the children’s school fees, buys the food for the household, while you do practically nothing?

Imagine you are the one who is the man: you pay for everything in the house, you bought the food stuffs, you are the only one working and your wife is not – Only for you to come back from work tired and food is not ready? I do not support the oppression of a woman by a man, especially in a marriage setting, but action speaks louder than voice. Therefore, women must learn to work hard, be independent and contribute meaningfully (especially financially) in their homes. If not, our campaign for women may not be better than a cup of water wasted on a stone.

I have not forgotten the fact that in many relationship/marriages, the reverse is the case i.e. the woman is the breadwinner and the man seems to be doing little or nothing, but this article is directed to women because I want us to keep our own end of the game water proofed.

Shout out to all the ladies who are trying, in both little and big ways, to contribute to their communities. I want you to know that your effort is recognized and appreciated. Keep soaring; the sky is your starting point. The future is bright, we must get there! (“THE FUTURE WE DESIRE“)

Source: Mothers of Africa – Ignite The Youth

Youth Mentorship in Africa’s Agriculture: A Missing Ingredient in its Sustainable Agricultural Development Recipe

SAM_0747Attaching illustrations to theory on mentorship and the greater or holistic agricultural sector approach, Zimbabwe is one of many African countries that offers the clearest of reflections as to why sustainable agricultural development needs mentors. One would safely argue that the transition of ownership of Zimbabwean land (through the Fast Track Land Reform Program of 2000) from white farmers to the country’s indigenous owners could have been done better. Done better so much so that today the nation would be a greater continental giant still in agriculture. All that was needed was a smooth and peaceful transition governed by a clearer strategy. Such would have allowed for a diverse forms of mentorship with the objective primarily of transferring the agricultural wealth both current and prospective back to the indigenous people.

If the wealth transfer intended in Zimbabwe’s land reform program was as smooth and peaceful as to allow among many endeavours mentorship, the transitional knowledge and skills which were very necessary at the time as they are still necessary now would have kept the country’s agricultural sector stable and would have prevented it from collapsing. The closure of agricultural institutions is one example of such and the poor capacity utilization marred with non-performing institutions being another.

One more reflection of concrete magnitude exists and needs neither further explanation nor debate. This is the reflection illuminated in the current, cyclic and recurring food insecurity status of the country and even so in the preparedness or the lack of it thereof as well as mitigation against climate change’s threats to food security.  Zambia, which was destination to many white farmers from Zimbabwe’s post-independence correction of socio-economic inequalities boasts a productivity from which Zimbabwe imports the staple crop maize as a means to meeting its food security needs. Suffice to say, a significant input into  the development of the Zambian agricultural system  currently supporting Zimbabwe is from white farmers who once helped Zimbabwe bear the title, ‘breadbasket of Africa’.

This is not the first time and neither will it be the last that mentorship is recommended as an integral, significant part of sustainable agricultural development and food security in Africa. South Africa, during the birth of its democracy also developed transformational policies and synonymous with Zimbabwe, a land reform programme. While socio-economic inclusion and justice are the backdrop upon which land reform in Zimbabwe was built, its implementation in South Africa was on the main backdrop of contributing towards food security as stated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Land Affairs in 2000 although.

Today  it is evident in both nations that the underlying objectives of the land reform programmes were not realized nationwide as a result of challenges within the land reform itself and in the administrative accord under which they were run, some of which can be solved through strategies that are deemed simple or in both these cases over-looked; yet effective. Like Zimbabwean farmers, land recipient emerging farmers of South Africa lacked the knowhow in strategic planning and management expertise required in sustainable farming.

To these problem, even scholars have also recommended mentorship in South Africa, repositioning therefore the significance of mentorship in agriculture as a fact, not hearsay; in both the wake of land reform and the age of sustainable development. That mentorship is even more necessary now especially for youths as it was in the ages of infantile democracy and economic development is amplified in these two examples, considering that trickle-down knowledge to youth especially in primary agricultural sectors is the same with which the previous, older generation of indigenous farmers could only subsist, and barely enterprising whilst in possession of the greatest amongst Africa’s riches.

A holistic, all-inclusive mentorship approach is as possible as it is necessary in the sustainable development of any agricultural sector of any agriculture based economy, Africa’s even more so. For any African nation, from the primary production sector to the agricultural trade, commerce, cooperate and industrial spheres, mentorship serves to trickle down knowledge, skills, prowess and expertise for the perpetuation of such. At the same time, it serves to increase efficiency and productivity of current operations in the different sects or spheres that make the whole or entire agricultural economy. Even more so when done efficiently, the evidence of effective mentorship will be reflected in the sustainable budding off or weaning of  young  enterprising farmers in primary production, young industrialists and commercialists, agricultural trade unionists; a group that makes an important part while serving as a primary among indices of agricultural growth on the continent.

Young and women farmers in the fields need mentors, the kind that seasoned, successful and enterprising farmers need. That poverty in the agricultural enclave is perpetual is enough a reason mentors are necessary to replicate the success within the farming system. The many and diversified professionals along the agricultural value and development chains also need mentors, from both the indigenous planes (Africa) and beyond. Clearly that makes mentorship an important component of any strategy for sustainable agricultural growth and development. In the agricultural industry, trade and commerce sects; mentorship has taken the more formal form. It is in this case focal on a specified goal and attainment of specific or designated skills or knowledge not obtained in formal academia; apprenticeship, internship or traineeship as it is usually called. As much as mentorship is necessary in the whole of any agricultural economy, its necessity is even greater for youth and women; who are marginalized whilst at the same time sustainable agricultural development is not entirely achievable and possible without them.

Even though the odds of sustainable agricultural development are high and higher still with mentorship recognized at all sects within the agricultural economy, it is unfortunate as it is simultaneously alarming that not even a single African country has a clear youth in agriculture mentorship strategy, policy or as part of the national agricultural policy (even for countries with independent agricultural development policies). Exemptions count for few countries like South Africa where the government partnering with Agricultural Commodity Organizations expedited the implementation of the Master Mentorship Programme targeting on average 7000 beneficiaries annually. South Africa is among the top five African countries attaching a great deal of significance to mentorship in agriculture.

Even with this plausible example of South Africa, the highly acclaimed and esteemed global talk regarding youth does not seem to have a significant value attached to their mentorship needs, even more so in agriculture. For South Africa however, such can be understood considering its notable industrial growth and its driving away from an agriculture centred economy. Such means for the majority of youth, it is possible and sustainable to exit the agricultural economy and make decent sustainable living way above the poverty line. The same cannot be said for the rest other countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi among others that are yet to make significant development within the agricultural sector before they can sustainably transit towards a more industrial-basing of their economies, hence a majority of its youth are still stuck voluntarily and involuntarily in the agricultural economies of their countries.

With few exemptions like South Africa therefore, the agricultural policymakers and development strategists across the agriculture based economies of sub-Sahara Africa are yet to appreciate the true value of sustainable development as it is presented and elevated by mentorship especially tailored for youths and women. Mentorship is a necessary staple, not as a substitute but rather an equal or even superior to the agricultural extension and advisory services that are ubiquitous across the African dispensation.

AUTHOR

Sayid’Ali

 

 

Source: AGRI-YOUTHVEST AFRICA (AYVA)

Boil Bananas and Drink the Liquid Before You go to Bed, You Will be Surprised With Your Sleep !

Boiled bananas is the magical cure for you if you cannot have enough sleep.

Everybody experienced at least once when they were unable to get more than one or two hours of sleep. When you worry more about not sleeping, you get more tired. How to stop this and get a nice sleep? We discovered a delicious tea formula that will improve your sleep fully.

Sleep disorder can come from various things such as depression, stress, anxiety. If your mind is active there are huge possibilities you will not fall asleep.

Also some medications can cause insomnia. Pain reliever, antihistamines, heart and blood pressure medicines contribute to sleep loss.

Whatever sleeplessness due to one thing or the other has to be changed.

Banana Cinnamon Tea
A couple of things that are already in your kitchen, can be used. Make this banana tea in any time! Banana-infused sleep remedy will surprise you. It tastes so good, particularly the peels, are full of potassium and magnesium (magnesium stop sleep disturbances). Magnesium and potassium help to relax muscles, as magnesium is among the best relaxation minerals!

Non organic bananas are loaded with harmful pesticides. We suggest you eat the boiled banana skin however it should be free of chemicals.

It will take you less then 10 minutes to prepare it and enjoy it every night.

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic banana
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • 1 small pot of water

Remove the pieces of banana and then chop it and put it into boiling water. Boil bananas for 10 minutes. When you boil bananas add the cinnamon and stir it well. Eat the banana with the peel while drinking the tea so its soothing effects will increase.

Sleeping Pills are unhealthy

Many of us have with almost half of the American population suffering from insomnia or poor sleep, it’s no wonder. And we are resorted to sleeping pills But sleeping pills cannot help long-term only provide a short-term fix.

Sleeping pills are a specific type of drug .They induces and maintains sleeping-called sedative hypnotics. Benzodiazepines and barbiturates are among other sedative hypnotic drugs. Benzodiazepines – Xanax and Valium are addictive and used in treatment of anxiety disorders by increasing drowsiness. Barbiturates which depress central nervous system that is why are used as anesthetics and sedatives.

Here is list of side effects that accompany sleeping pills:

Constipation, Dizziness, Difficulty focusing and remembering, Stomach pain, Weakness, Uncontrollable shaking, Parasomnias… Admit it it is scary!

Sleeping pills cause breathing rhythm to slow down and significantly lighten and are not to prescript to one’s already suffering from lung diseases like COPD or even asthma. These meds can be dangerous and even fatal.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects the Body:

Less than eight hours of sleep is very bad for your body.

If your body doesn’t get enough rest – eight hours, it suffers. The cognitive function – your long – and short-term memory – becomes  seriously affected. Scariest part is that sleep deprivation is linked with serious health problems as obesity, diabetes and cancer.

Source: Boil Bananas and Drink the Liquid Before You go to Bed, You Will be Surprised With Your Sleep !       myhealthylivingteam.com

International Day of Charity

Thank you to all charities all over the world who are helping to improve people’s lives, fighting disease, protecting children, and giving hope to many thousands of people.  As we celebrate this day, let us continue to support charities with money and time, to carry out charitable works with proper education and awareness of the many charitable issues worldwide.