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WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

The descent into Kenya's Rift Valley is a scene to remember. The escarpment abruptly lets you into an open space with your eyes wandering tens if not hundreds of miles away through the plains with volcanoes protruding from them. Kenya's Rift Valley is the country's food basket inhabited by hardworking people. But sections of them… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: A GEOLOGICAL ‘RAW DEAL’

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WATER IS LIFE: ACIDIC WATER

From the first day I tasted hot lemon water, I have always ensured that I take it religiously every evening before retiring to bed. Several things are appealing to me about it... Its bitter- sweet taste... Its citrusy texture... But above all, its acidic nature that corrodes our throats in a 'friendly' way... No wonder… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: ACIDIC WATER

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WATER IS LIFE: STRANGE METALS

Metals are simple elements found around us. Infact they are so simple that they cannot be broken down or neutralized any further. This is good news especially when talking about the ones that are beneficial to us... The Calcium... The Zinc... The Magnesium... The Iron... The Potassium... The Sodium among others. Metals which not only… Continue reading WATER IS LIFE: STRANGE METALS

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THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES

Though pesticides are meant to help manage pests and diseases, some linger in our environments long after use. Such is the case with a special class of pesticides called organochlorines. Organochlorines are chemicals adversely categorised by the UN Stockholm convention as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These are chemicals which once released into the environment, are… Continue reading THE FOOD CHAIN AND PERSISTENT PESTICIDES

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THE FOOD CHAIN AND THE FERTILIZER DILEMMA

Food stimulates our taste buds and delivers the nutrients our bodies so much need. Also, it’s common knowledge that fruits and vegetables provide us with the nutrients, antioxidants and health benefits our bodies crave for helping us in combating a spectrum of lifestyle diseases. But besides the range of benefits that accrue from such foods,… Continue reading THE FOOD CHAIN AND THE FERTILIZER DILEMMA

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SEWAGE: FROM WASTEWATER TO FOOD

Food delights us because it tastes good. But our interest must go beyond just mere taste... We must be concerned with how it's grown. SEWAGE It's hard to imagine how such a repulsive body of water could facilitate growth of the vegetables served on our dinner tables. But this is precisely the case. Sewage effluents… Continue reading SEWAGE: FROM WASTEWATER TO FOOD

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HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM: HALTING THE RISKY ADVANCE

The confusing thing about chromium is it exists in different forms: trivalent and hexavalent chromium. Interestingly whereas trivalent chromium is used as a food supplement, chromium in it's hexavalent form is a potent human carcinogen associated with lung and stomach cancers. Hexavalent chromium prevalence in the environment is dictated mainly by human activities. Two come… Continue reading HEXAVALENT CHROMIUM: HALTING THE RISKY ADVANCE

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CADMIUM POLLUTION: QUESTIONS BEGGING ANSWERS

Cadmium pollution raises more questions than answers because of three reasons: Firstly, cadmium is very scarce on the earth's crust. Why is it increasingly gaining notoriety as a metal pollutant? Secondly, unlike many other metallic pollutants, cadmium is highly toxic even at very small doses. Why aren't stringent measures being put in place to monitor… Continue reading CADMIUM POLLUTION: QUESTIONS BEGGING ANSWERS