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Here's A Peek At The Botswana Women Who Harvest Marula That Goes Into Our Body Oils

  Video credit: DLG Naturals BW Marula "pips" - the inner stone of the Marula fruit, much like a plum - offers up oil rich kernels that can be processed into Marula oil. The fruit is picked off the ground when ripe, by villagers, mostly women, in Southern Africa. One marula tree can produce up to 500 kg of fruit a year. The fruit is spread over the ground for several months to dry. The dried flesh is removed, often by beating the marula, as seen in the video. The “pips” are then cleaned and sorted, for eventual production of marula oil by DLG Naturals BW, located in Gabane, Botswana. Excerpt from, Marula Harvesters in Botswana Prep Marula Pips for Organic Oil...

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Victory For Two African Communities Recognized As The Rightful Knowledge Bearers Of Rooibos Tea

After nearly 200 years, the Khoi-Khoi and San communities are recognized as the rightful knowledge bearers of rooibos (roy-boss) tea. This recognition also comes with a signatory that requires industries that trade in all aspects of rooibos to share benefits with the traditional knowledge holders in a fair and equitable manner. It also presents an opportunity for small farmers to become big players in a global market, preserves the biodiversity, and addresses poverty relief. The Khoi-Khoi and San are the indigenous peoples who originally inhabited South Africa’s Cape region. This is where rooibos tea grows naturally. They were the first to inform on the usage of the rooibos plant. The negotiations, which took four years, is part of a growing...

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Is UV Exposure Really Linked To Skin Cancer?

Photo credit: Hust Wilson Is UV exposure really linked to skin cancer? I recently read the New York Times article, Should Black People Wear Sunscreen? A dermatologist speculates that UV sun exposure is not related to skin cancer. He postulates that if it were the case, there’d be a skin cancer epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. He says sunscreen is not promoted there as it is in America.   I use my SPF 30 mineral sunscreen everyday—rain or shine. When it comes to my skin and health, I don’t want to take any chances. People of color are usually left out of clinical trials regarding sunscreen protection. Therefore, precise recommendations are scarce and/or not specifically tailored to us. Hence, I err on the...

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