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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.

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.

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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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Der er nærmest altid uro i det engelske kongehus, og den seneste tid har uroen haft den iltre prins Harry som omdrejningspunkt. Prins Harry er bror til prins William, der en dag bliver konge, og yngste søn af prins Charles og prinsesse Diana, og sammen med sin kone, den borgerligt og amerikansk fødte hertuginde Meghan, ønsker han at trække sig som såkaldt seniormedlem af kongefamilien. Det er blandt andet ønsket om mere privatliv, der har bragt det unge ægtepar på disse tanker. Den engelske dronning Elisabeth har reageret ved at efterkomme parrets ønske, men samtidig også frataget dem retten til at kalde sig "kongelige højheder", frataget dem retten til at modtage apanage ligesom de to skal tilbagebetale cirka 20 millioner kroner for den nylige renovering af deres residens Frogmore Cottage. Der er langt fra det engelske til det danske kongehus, men dronning Elisabeths beslutning virker klog. Selv om man som kongelig er født ind i en særlig skæbne, er der historisk flere eksempler på, at medlemmer af forskellige kongehuse har frasagt sig disse nedarvede privilegier. I England synes dronningens holdning klar: Hvis du ikke vil arbejde som kongelig, får du heller ikke løn som kongelig. Dette spørgsmål kommer vi uden tvivl også til at diskutere inden længe her i Danmark, idet der i kongehuset lige nu er usædvanligt mange børn. En del af disse vil formentlig heller ikke som voksne kunne fylde en tilværelse ud inden for kongehuset, og derfor vil den til den tid siddende regent i samråd med regering og Folketing skulle træffe beslutninger i samme boldgade som dronning Elisabeths. Et kongehus med nedarvede privilegier er egentlig som konstruktion en anakronisme, men da eksempelvis det danske kongehus nyder massiv folkelig opbakning, er det i praksis en ganske demokratisk indretning. Imidlertid hviler en del af populariteten utvivlsomt på en bred accept af forholdet mellem aflønning og indsats, og her er det klart, at medlemmer af kongehuset for at få apanage skal arbejde for pengene.

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