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Summer Cooking: Does buying sustainable seafood really make a difference? (Recipe included)

Fish and crustaceans can be a healthy, delicious ingredient in our meals. They are high in protein, vitamins, and minerals and generally low in calories and fat. A large proportion of the fat in seafood is polyunsaturated and contains healthy Omega-3 fatty acids that are required for human development. So, by cooking with sustainable seafood, we are boosting our own health as well as the oceans'.

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Water: An Invaluable Blessing

For Muslims, water is integral to our faith. It is, in fact, the source of everything on Earth. In The Qur’an, Allah/God tells us, “And We have made from water every living thing.” (21:30). Despite its huge importance, many people take clean water for granted. Some have never experienced life without easy access to water for drinking, cooking, washing, bathing, and recreation. While some of us can enjoy an abundance of water in swimming pools, water parks, lakes, and oceans, others must walk several miles each day just to obtain enough water to sustain their family’s basic needs.

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Coronavirus at the pool?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in some countries implemented social distancing and quarantine orders to try and slow down the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Many people stayed home from work and schools were closed or transitioned to online digital classes. While practicing social distancing, many people decided to make the best of the situation by enjoying the outdoors and some wondered if it was safe to go swimming. Questions have arisen about the spread of viruses and other microorganisms in the pool environment and people want to know if one can become infected when in a pool or hot tub.

Contaminated Beaches

While the world focuses on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, people are learning about viruses and why they make us sick. But many people might not be aware that planet Earth is full of viruses and bacteria, collectively referred to as microorganisms. We often think that all bacteria and viruses make us sick, but it turns out that's not the case.