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Why This Man Climbed A 130 Foot Tree With Only A Vine to Steal Honey from Angry Bees (Video)

To the Bayaka people, who inhabit the jungles of the Central African Republic, honey is an extremely valuable commodity. Besides being a rare and delicious delicacy, it provides essential energy and nutrition.

So, when a beehive is found in the jungle, some men are willing to take extreme measures to secure the precious honeycombs for their family.

Tete is an hour into a 40 meter (131ft) climb to a beehive way up in the canopy of a massive tree when we join him:

Not only does Tete climb without a harness (he uses only a vine wrapped around the tree), but once he gets to the crown of the tree, he still has to battle the angry bees as he carefully makes his way to the hive.

“When climbing trees, you have to empty your heart of fear… If you have fear you will fall.”

he says.

Once Tete arrives at the hive, he has to break into the interior. He passes the honeycomb down to his eager family via a basket pulley system. Even bee stings don’t stop his wife and kids from thoroughly enjoying the feast.

(h/t BBC’s Human Planet)

Saskatoon: A New Kind Of “Super Fruit” Berry Is Making Its Way Into The States

Saskatoon berries may look like blueberries, but the shrub is actually more closely related to an apple tree.

According to NPR’s The Salt, the berry,

“…is pretty common in Canada but hasn’t been grown by farmers in the U.S. until recently. Here [in the U.S.], the berry, also sometimes called the serviceberry, has been collected in the wild for generations.”

Until recently the berry had not been commercially grown in the U.S.. The commercial strain, which produces a larger berry with fewer seeds, has just found its way to farmers in Michigan, but hopes to have a nationwide presence eventually.

Saskatoon berries before being picked

So what do they taste like? Well, it’s kind of hard to say. Here’s Steve DuCheney, who grows the berries in northern Michigan:

“Every time I eat them I get a different flavor…The other day I had somebody tell me they tasted like peach, and that was the first time I heard that one.”

Some people describe the flavor as being nutty, like almonds, and still others say that the berry is sort of like a mix between blueberries and cherries. But everyone seems to agree that the berry is sweet and good for pies.

The saskatoon berry is also a “super fruit”, meaning that it has high levels of antioxidants which help fight heart disease. It also provides 5 essential vitamins and minerals and contains high levels of fiber.

Saskatoon pie, anyone?

China Rejects Nearly 550,000 Tons of US Corn Due to Genetic Modification

Since mid-November, 12 batches of imported American corn were rejected by China’s product safety agency after they were found to contain an unapproved genetically modified strain of corn known as MIR162.

Although the strain, produced by Swiss biotech giant Syngenta, has been approved in the United States as well as Europe, China has been slower to accept the genetically modified crop.

Although testing has been done on the strain, many of its critics argue that the effects of genetically modified crops can only be seen in the long-term, and that the short-term studies which are being used to justify its approval for consumption are simply not sufficient to approve human consumption.

Nonetheless, China has already approved 15 different varieties of genetically modified corn, and MIR162 is currently awaiting approval. Their Ministry of Agriculture recently launched a campaign to try to ally some of the fears people have about genetically modified crops.

Nutritionally, genetically modified crops are almost identical to non-modified crops, but they have deficiencies in key minerals. A recent study released the following findings (ppm= parts per million):

  • GMO Corn has 14 ppm of Calcium; NON GMO corn has 6130 ppm: 437 times more.
  • GMO corn has 2 ppm of Magnesium; NON GMO corn has 113ppm: 56 times more.
  • GMO corn has 2 ppm of Manganese; NON GMO corn has 14ppm: 7 times more.

Deficiencies in these key minerals has been shown to make individuals more susceptible to illness.For example, people with osteoporosis have low levels of calcium and magnesium, and people with cancer tend to be low in manganese.

Also worth noting, squirrels seem to be much more partial to the non-modified corn (click image to enlarge):