Carrageenan: Sustainability From Farm to Table

Over 200,000 tons of dried, farmed, tropical seaweed are produced every year. The majority of the world’s red seaweed is farmed by nearly 60,000 family farmers in Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. These families apply sustainable farming techniques that help to protect and preserve the habitats where they farm.

Seaweed farming is one of the most environmentally friendly types of aquaculture. Tropical carrageenan cultivation utilizes no chemical treatments, such as fertilizers. Seaweed farms help to preserve coral reefs by providing a sheltered habitat for local species of fish and invertebrates, which increases diversity where the seaweed is grown. Further, seaweed farming does not cause major physical landscape or seascape changes and can serve to mediate green house gas emissions and excess nitrogen in the water that causes harmful algae blooms.

Carrageenan is extracted from red seaweed with minimal processing. It is included in recipes for shelf-stable beverages, dairy desserts, baked goods and many other foods enjoyed across the world — foods that taste delicious with less fat and sugar, foods that are vegan, kosher and halal.

With 7 billion people in the world to feed, it is essential to have products that can travel distances safely and arrive to needful communities intact and nutritious. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, millions of people around the world suffer from protein malnutrition. When used in protein-enriched beverages, carrageenan aids in the extension and protection of the nutritional value of protein while improving the creaminess that is affected by processing. Carrageenan …

2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line Review & Test Drive

2019 hyundai elantra gt n line

Let’s face it; it’s difficult to find a new mainstream vehicle that puts the smile on the face of an automotive enthusiast without paying a lot of money. Fortunately, Hyundai has stepped up to the plate to give enthusiasts something to enjoy without sacrificing the larger portion of your paycheck with new vehicles like the Veloster N, and now the unsuspecting Elantra GT N Line. Over the past week in driving the new Hyundai Elantra GT N Line, I was caught off guard in finding out how much fun such a unique and rare vehicle could be.

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Hyundai has a strong enthusiast base, but most of them reside on the side of clamoring to older Hyundai vehicles as the brand no longer makes the Genesis Coupe, thought to be one of the most successful enthusiast-oriented vehicles from the brand. Now, the Veloster has taken the crown to appease enthusiasts along with the unlikely counterpart, the Elantra.

2019 hyundai elantra gt n line side profile

The new Hyundai Elantra isn’t thought to initially be a performance component, but more as an economical form of transportation with good reliability, build quality, a suite of advanced safety features, and a remarkable factory warranty. Outside of all of the “expected” characteristics of the Elantra lies the Elantra GT N Line, which utilizes the brand’s 201-horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Such an engine is also found in the Elantra Sport Manual

Forget That Facelift – “Wrap” Your Face into Shape

A non-surgical technique for lifting double chins, reducing puffiness around the eyes, and improving the appearance of wrinkles is now available in the form of an easy-to-use home kit called The Face Wrap. (www.facewrap.com).

Previously available as a salon-only treatment, The Face Wrap lifts and tightens drooping areas on the forehead, face, and under the chin by firmly wrapping them up in a mineral-soaked, non-allergenic “face wrap” constructed of non-latex elasticized cotton fabric.

“The liquid minerals are the secret to the Face Wrap,” says Sarah Bolger, The Face Wrap’s spokesperson. “The minerals, which are all-natural, draw out impurities from the complexion while giving the skin a firmed and tighter look on the outside and a rejuvenated feel to the underlying tissues.”

Bolger says the all-natural, one-hour facial beautification procedure is safe and painless.

“Our Face Wrap kits have wrapped many thousands of faces, and we’ve learned how to produce wonderful changes,” says Bolger. “For those looking for an alternative to cosmetic surgery, wrapping your face is an easier way to reduce double chins and puffiness, lift and tighten the skin and enhance your own natural beauty.”

Bolger also recommends exfoliating before using to allow the minerals to absorb better, and exercising the face daily with a few simple exercises.

Working women want to look their best – especially after 50. But let’s face it, most working women find it difficult to carve out an hour or two a week for visits to the day spa. That’s the appeal …

Surety Bonds Protect Infrastructure Investment

Almost universal agreement surrounds the need to repair or replace America’s aging infrastructure of roads, highways, bridges, dams, drinking and wastewater facilities, ports, airports and other essential facilities that ensure the quality of living that Americans expect.

Finding consensus on addressing the question of how to pay for the massive investment needed to fix the problem, however, is another matter entirely.

As federal and state legislators discuss and debate the means by which to fund infrastructure improvements, what has become clear is that funds, whether from public or private sources or a combination of the two, are precious commodities that must be wisely spent and protected.

Mandatory bonding on federal and state public construction projects has been in existence for many decades, protecting and preserving countless projects through prequalification of contractors and providing guarantees of contract performance.

In fact, a recent study conducted by The Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis verified the economic value of surety bond protection.

“One of the conclusions which leapt off the page to us was…that non-bonded construction enterprises are 10 times more likely to become insolvent than bonded companies,” states Steve Ness, President of the Surety Association of Canada. Construction projects carried out under the protection of bonded contracts have reduced risk of contractor insolvency, greater protection of economic activity, and better management of economic risk, Ness adds.

“Disastrous consequences for the public can result from instances when mandatory bond requirements are ignored,” asserts John Bustard, President of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, …

Instead of a Sports Fan, Become a Sports Participant

It’s home run time. From spring training through the World Series in October, baseball fans are glued to their flat screens.

Vascular surgeon David H. Stone, M.D., encourages arm chair enthusiasts to get into the game. “Find your favorite summertime sports pastime, and give your vascular system a great workout.”

As a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, Dr. Stone encourages physical activity that can pump up blood while lowering blood pressure. “More than diet, exercise helps keep your weight down and provides positive health benefits,” said Dr. Stone.

After a one-hour workout, the Mayo Clinic states that a 200-pound person will have burned the following calories:

* Baseball — 455

* Bicycling, 10 mph — 364

* Golfing, carrying clubs — 391

* Rope jumping — 1,074

* Swimming laps — 528

* Tennis, singles — 728

To remain “in the game,” Dr. Stone recommends:

* 30 minutes of exercise daily.

This may reduce the risk of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in America according to the United States Centers forDisease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2010 NationalVital Statistics Report. In 2010,137,000 Americans died ofstroke.

* a healthy diet

* not smoking

* maintaining a healthy body weight

The lack of regular physical activity results in 250,000 deaths annually, according to a 2003 report in the medical journal Circulation. The least physically fit persons have a mortality risk 4.5 times higher than physically fit persons.

Lifestyle choices affect blood flow and blood pressure. The 2010 Centers for …