Gregg Segal’s “Daily Bread” Examines Kids’ Eating Habits

Interview with photographer Gregg Segal about his “Daily Bread” project which examines the diet of kids around the world and the globalization of nutrition.

Why the decision to focus on children and what do you think their eating habits say about our overall society?

I focused on kids because eating habits start young and if you don’t get it right when you’re 9 or 10, it’s going to be a lot harder when you’re older!

Globalization has had a huge impact on diets around the world. Two quick examples from countries I visited, Brazil and the UAE. A generation ago, Brazil’s poor were underfed. Today, 57% of the population is overweight. In 2014, there were 803,900 diabetics in the UAE—about 20 percent of the population. 30 years ago, diabetes barely existed in this part of the world.

We’re at a tipping point. The balance of what most children eat now is dramatically moving away from homemade stews and vegetables towards ultra-processed packaged foods and snack foods, many of them designed to appeal to children. […]

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Macro Views of British Beaches Become Abstract Textural Embroideries by Emily Botelho

Although she doesn’t live right by the ocean, artist Emily Botelho channels her passion for marine landscapes with frequent trips to explore where soil and sea meet. On these trips, she photographs the colors and textures that appear on the rocky waterfront: lichen, seaweed, and small sea creatures all create unique visual patterns. The Manchester, U.K.-based artist then prints her photographs on cotton fabric and embellishes them with long straight stitches, tight beadwork, sea shells, semi-precious stones, and three-dimensional tufts.

Botelho, who creates work under the name Salt Stitches, formerly had a career in the fashion industry, and only took up embroidery about a year ago.[…]

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Life ≠ alive – Aeon

On a sofa in the corner of the room, a cat is purring. It seems obvious that the cat is an example of life, whereas the sofa itself is not. But should we trust our intuition? Consider this: Isaac Newton assumed a universal time flowing without external influence, and relative time measured by clocks – just as our perception tells us. Two centuries later, Albert Einstein dropped the concept of universal time, and instead introduced a concept of time measured only locally by clocks. Who before Einstein would have thought that time on the Sun, the Moon, and even on each of our watches runs at slightly different rates – that time is not a universal absolute? And yet today our cellphones must take this into account for a GPS to function.

Science has made amazing strides, uncovering a deep and often counterintuitive understanding of physical reality. We understand a lot about the atoms in the human body and the stars in the night sky: much more than we do about the individual human as an example of life. In fact, life scientists continue to debate the exact definition of life. It was Aristotle who first said that life is something that grows and reproduces.  He was fascinated by the mule, a cross between a horse and donkey that is always sterile. But just because the mule was sterile, you couldn’t call it dead. The debate is endless: some say that life must metabolise, that is, take in compounds, turn them to energy, and release some waste. But do jet engines qualify? In short, there is no theory and therefore no measuring apparatus that can confirm or refute our assumption that the cat is alive and the sofa is not, nor even that you are alive as you read this.

This is not for lack of trying. An important step to understand the fundamental principles that could explain life was put forward by Erwin Schrödinger, one of the fathers of quantum physics. Schrödinger is perhaps best-known for his thought experiment of a cat that is both alive and dead, thus existing in two states at once (called a superposition in physics). But he is also highly regarded for a series of lectures he delivered in 1943 at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies under the thought-provoking title‘What Is Life?’ The lectures were published as a book in the subsequent year, and gained fame for inspiring generations of scientists to understand life at a deeper level. Most widely noted is his influence on the molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick to search for the structure of DNA, which Schrödinger predicted as an ‘aperiodic crystal forming the hereditary substance’.

In What Is Life?, Schrödinger explained an apparent incompatibility between life and the second law of thermodynamics, which holds that the entropy, or disorder, of a physical system always increases. How can life increase order when the Universe must always decrease its order, as mandated by the second law?[…]


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Manchester Day 2019

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KTV News Manchester. Manchester Day 2019. Manchester Day is an annual event that celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities.

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Manchester Day Parade 2019

The folks seen briefly at 16:35 onwards, in red and gold colours, and yellow feathers, are us (Manchester School of Samba) taking part in the 10 iteration of Manchester Day‘s Parade yesterday!

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Farm-like indoor microbiota may protect children from asthma also in urban homes –

A child’s risk of developing asthma is the smaller the more the microbiota of the child’s home resembles that of a farm house. This was shown by a study conducted by the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that analysed indoor microbiota from 400 Finnish and 1,000 German homes.

Earlier research has shown that growing up on a farm with animals may as much as half the risk of asthma and allergies. The protective effect is thought to be attributable to the diverse microbial exposures encountered on farms.

”We now discovered that the presence of farm-like microbiota in an early-life home seemed to protect from asthma also in urban homes.  The effect was not based on the presence of large number of different microbial species but, rather, differences in the relative abundance of certain bacterial groups,” says Pirkka Kirjavainen, Senior Researcher at THL.

Wearing outdoor shoes indoors, the number of siblings and the age of the house played a role

The study found that the microbiota in homes protecting from asthma contained a wealth of bacteria typical of the outdoor environment, including bacteria in soil. On the other hand, the proportion of microbes normally occurring in the human respiratory tract and associated with respiratory tract infections was small.

“The key characteristic of microbiota in homes protecting from asthma appears to be large abundance of bacteria which originate from the outdoor environment and are beneficial or harmless to health, relative to bacteria that are a potential threat to our health,” Kirjavainen comments.[…]

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Brazil under Bolsonaro: A Different Form of “Hybrid War” — Russia News Now

Brazil’s long-running Hybrid War crisis never really went away, it just took a few months for it to change form and turn against its original initiators after they failed to close the Pandora’s Box of regime change protest potential that they opened at the US’ behest. The Bolsonaro government is coming under intense grassroots pressure […]

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NEW MUSIC: Ivan ‘Mamão’ Conti – O Ritual — Raw Select Music

Another forward thinking number from one of Brazil’s finest drummers (audio)

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Powerful Portraits of Rescued Farm Animals Who Were Allowed to Grow Old

“It is nothing short of a miracle to be in the presence of a farm animal who has managed to reach old age.”

Photographer Isa Leshko is terrified of growing old. After caring for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, she was “forced to confront her own mortality,” but she intended to face this fear in an unconventional way. Leshko began visiting farm sanctuaries across the U.S. to snap pictures of the geriatric animals that lived there. Over the course of nearly a decade, however, the project shifted focus from being a vehicle for Leshko’s anxiety to activism. She now uses her images as a way to speak on behalf of these creatures.

The resulting series called Allowed to Grow Old features subdued black and white portraits that capture the animals in their habitat. They offer a dignified yet unflinching look at the hard lives these creatures have endured.[…]

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Giant Paint Splash Sculpture by Tomas Misura

With all the serious, high-brow art out there, isn’t it refreshing to see something like this? Artist Tomas Misura created this fun work called Splash for Bondi Beach’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in 2010. Misura won the $3,000 kids choice prize for the sculpture of a giant stainless steel paint tube squirting red paint towards the beach.[…]

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