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True, False, Fact or Myth? (RV)

Unread post by Timepilot » Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:35 am

Thanks OWN, eish, have'nt seen a computer in two weeks so only now catching up :slap:

True or false:

As a cheap, readily available and nutritious source of protein and other elements one only has to look as far as the stink-bug.
“ Every year elephants were becoming scarcer and wilder south of the Zambezi, so that it had become impossible to make a living by hunting at all. ” FC Selous 1881

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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by onewithnature » Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:05 am

If you haven't been near a computer, sounds like you had a great festive season, TP? :pray:

I know that the stink bug is eaten in a few countries of Africa, but this is more a local speciality than something freely available. So, though a source of protein, I doubt it would be commercially viable, especially considering its notorious odour. Hence, I'd say FALSE.
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Unread post by Philip1 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:39 am

:? True.
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Delene D » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:49 pm

I fully agree with OWN.

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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Timepilot » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:26 am

OWN and Delene D, sorry, the answer would be true, so well done Philip1 :clap:

As you have said OWN, stink bugs are eaten in a number of countries in Africa, and in fact the Venda have a method of removing the bad smell and taste of the stink bug. These are eaten less as a local delicacy and more as a protein supplement, along with a number of other insects such as the mopane worm, locusts etc.

Mass for mass, stink bugs (and other edible insects) have a higher protein content than other animal and plant foodstuffs - beef, chicken, fish, soybean etc. so it would make sense to consider these as a viable alternative to the expensive meats.

Stink bugs swarm and collect on sand olive leaves, so it would be relatively easy to "farm" these, treat them and provide a cheap form of protein and it might be time to give this some serious consideration given the state of play in terms of traditional protein sources.
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:46 am

Excellent question, TP; always great to learn new things. :clap: :clap: Well done, Philip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Fact or myth (RV)

Unread post by onewithnature » Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:29 pm

A fact it is. Philip :thumbs_up:
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Timepilot » Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:03 am

Oh OK then, twist my arm will you :wink: :whistle: And I wish on the "young" part

True or False:

The disease Rinderpest, which has wiped out countless numbers of animals over the years is now a thing of the past and has been completely eradicated, much like smallpox.
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Delene D » Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:58 am

True. I think the WHO has declared it eradicated a year or two ago. I think smallpox was declared eradicted a good few years ago. My grandfather used to speak of the Rinderpest as a time in history and he died in 1959, so I would like to hear more about it. Sorry I never took him seriously - he could have educated me more than my school did!

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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Phokojwe » Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:25 pm

True, I believe it was declared as eradicated in May - June 2011
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Re: Fact or myth (RV)

Unread post by wildflowergirl » Thu Jan 09, 2014 8:04 pm

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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Timepilot » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:32 am

:clap: :clap: Delene D and Phokojwe - well done

Correct, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) declared rinderpest eradicated in 2011. This was the first eradication of and animal disease and only the second eradication of a disease in human history after the smallpox eradication.

Delene D, your grandfather was correct - the rinderpest scourge is actually viewed as time marker in history in the early 1890's. Rinderpest came south of the horn of Africa in 1889 and wiped out about 90% of the cattle and huge swathes of wildlife including buffalo and giraffe. This decimation of cattle hurt many tribes who depended on their cattle and sent many a European farmer to the wall.

Over to you Delene D.
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by onewithnature » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:47 am

True. Eradicated ... forever. :pray:
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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Delene D » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:29 pm

Fleas have tiny wings less than half a milimetre long, not usually visible to the naked eye.


Btw OWN. Thanks now I know why grandpa was referring to a time in history. That was before he was born in 1898 but I am sure his parents told him all about it - or it was in their history books. Interestingly he referred to a time as "before/after the Rinderpest". He and his family before him were farmers.

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Re: True or False? (RV)

Unread post by Delene D » Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:33 pm

Sorry that about that the thanks was for Timepilot - I am getting my facts mixed.

So the true or false question is: Fleas have tiny wings about half a milimetre long not usually visible to the naked eye.


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