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The quest for a well-resourced holiday meal

Idah Z. Pswarayi-Riddihough's picture



Holidays for me have always been about family and food. A time to relax, catch-up with loved ones and eat good food.  When it’s our turn to cook, my husband and I take time to plan the menu. A central part of our meals are vegetables and fresh fruits but we have also learnt over the years that a good meal needs fresh ingredients, all procured as close to the preparation of the meal as possible. 
 
Sri Lanka has not disappointed in its array of fruits and vegetables. I am still discovering the names of many; some of which I will never be able to pronounce for sure. Despite that, I love eating them! 
 
Amongst my favourites are papaya, mangoes and kankun, the last for which I share a passion with my two pet turtles. But getting these vegetables and fruits from the same supplier on a constant basis is a challenge. Even common produce like onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers can be discoloured or squishy – not at all appetizing or conducive for a salad or other such type of fresh dish.
 
The price, of course, is the same whatever the quality. Fresh produce can be expensive, and regularly buying a variety of fruits and vegetables does strain the budgets of many families in Sri Lanka. Needless to say, this shouldn’t be the case in a country with such rich soils and plentiful sunshine.  
 
The question of access to fresh and healthy food goes beyond our holiday tables. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 5 premature deaths in Sri Lanka are due to a non-communicable disease (NCD) such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer.[1] Tobacco use, unhealthy diets, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity have all been identified as risk factors.

Campaign Art: What’s the real cost of smoking?

Darejani Markozashvili's picture
People, Spaces, Deliberation bloggers present exceptional campaign art from all over the world. These examples are meant to inspire.

The real cost of smoking is high, especially high on your health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco kills around 6 million people each year, out of which 600,000 are the results of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The cost of smoking is also high on the global economy, as smoking burdens global health systems, hinders economic development, and deprives families of financial resources that could have been spent on education, food, shelter, or other needs.

Tobacco use is the world’s leading underlying cause of preventable death. It contributes to a great number of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which account for 63% of all deaths. Prevention of tobacco use can significantly decrease the number of preventable deaths worldwide, encourage economic development, reduce poverty, encourage healthy lifestyle choices and support Sustainable Development Goals.

In order to prevent and reduce youth tobacco use, in February 2014 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put forward a national public education campaign titled “The Real Cost.” The following video is a part of this campaign:
 
The Real Cost Commercial: "Hacked" (:30)

Source: therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov

Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

Cristian Baeza's picture

Ecofacts, an ingeniously simple app by Andres Quijano of Argentina, is the winner of the 2012 Apps for Climate competition. Ecofacts was one of 14 Apps for Climate finalists that was recognized at the Connecting for Climate event last Thursday.

The cat is out of the bag: UN summit on NCDs

Patricio V. Marquez's picture

Con una aplicación para la popular red social Facebook, un par de desarrolladores mexicanos esperan crear conciencia sobre la necesidad de preservar el medio ambiente evitando uno de sus aspectos más nocivos: la deforestación. TreePet (que se traduciría como el Árbol Mascota) es un juego en Facebook que permite a los usuarios plantar árboles virtuales que después crecen en el mundo real gracias a asociaciones concretas con organizaciones defensoras del medio ambiente, según afirman sus creadores, Rodrigo López y Claudia González. Gracias a este proyecto, Rodrigo y Claudia recibieron una mención honrosa en el concurso de Aplicaciones para el Desarrollo del Banco Mundial, que premió a 15 programadores por sus innovadoras ideas para avanzar el desarrollo mediante aplicaciones digitales. Ve aquí nuestra conversación con ellos.