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This weeks blog is concerned with both chia seeds and a Danish project in Africa. PR Photo: Farmers with Hope
This time I will write about something very special - a plant and a Danish man.
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The plant I'm going to write about is called Salvia hispanica, well known as Chia. This plant comes from Central America. In ancient times, Chia seeds were used by the Mayas and the Aztecs, but their production declined after European colonization. Lately, these small seeds have gained a lot of importance, mainly because they are a very good source of food.

Chia seeds contain many nutrients such as proteins, calcium, boron, potassium, iron, fatty acids such as omega 3, antioxidants. It also contains so trace metals such as magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and vitamins. Compared to other foods, it has twice as much protein as any seed, five times more calcium than whole milk, twice as much potassium as bananas, three times more antioxidants than blueberries, three times more iron than spinach, and seven times more Omega 3 than salmon.

Lilén Nahir Altamira. Photo: Yilmaz Polat

Chia means "strength" and is a word of Mayan origin. This ancient civilization already knew about the great properties of these seeds and considered it miraculous. Nowadays, a Danish man rediscovered the wonderful properties of Chia and decided to take those seeds to Africa, where he helps to fight the hunger of hundreds of Africans.

His Name is Martin Lindrum Toft, and his non-profit organization is called “Farmers with hope”. Martin says that with a small collaboration of each of us, we can make possible to send Chia seeds to Africa to help the locals to begin the production of this plant. In this way, we will be helping also to create working sources and when the chia seeds are ready, food sources.

I think it is so admirable that someone really does something for hunger in the world. I remember that once I saw a video of a man from Africa talking about all the people in Europe who complained about the number of Africans in their countries.

This man said something that stayed in my mind, he said that if the world would stop taking the resources of Africa, no African would emigrate. Since the desire for the resources of Africa, is what causes the miseries, the wars, the hunger.

That is why I think it is so respectable and so brave that a person try to return to Africa a little of what the world is taking away from that continent.

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