Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 24th 2015 Contents B1
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A privacy campaigner has scored a legal
victory that could bolster his attempts to
prevent Facebook from being able to pass
EU citizens' data to the US authorities.
An opinion issued by the European Court
of Justice says that current data-sharing
rules between the 28-nation bloc and the
US are "invalid".
The decision could affect other tech
firms' abilities to send Europeans'
information to US data centres.
However, it is not a final judgment.
Although the EU's highest court tends to
follow the opinions of its legal adviser, the
15 judges involved have yet to issue a
conclusive ruling of their own on the
Even so, Max Schrems, the activist who
prompted the case, suggests there could be
"Companies that participate in US mass
surveillance and provide, for example, cloud
services within the EU and rely on data
centres in the US may now have to invest
in secure data centres within the European
Union," he said.
"This could be a major issue for Apple,
Facebook, Google, Microsoft or Yahoo.
"All of them operate data centres in
Europe, but may need to fundamentally
restructure their data storage architecture
and maybe even their corporate structure."
A spokeswoman for the social network
said: "Facebook operates in compliance
with EU Data Protection law. Like the
thousands of other companies who operate
data transfers across the Atlantic we await
the full judgment." (BBC)
Facebook dealt blow in privacy fight
While a temporary local egg shortage
has been hitting the headlines in recent
weeks, there is absolutely no shortage of
free-range eggs, says local health food store
owner Samantha Antoine. And while they
may be a bit pricier than your regular fac-
tory-farmed eggs, they are a whole lot
healthier, more nutritious, and more deli-
cious too, she says.
There s a slow but steady movement in
some parts of T&T towards more organic
foods, as people learn of the direct link
between what you put into your body and
its health effects. Organic foods are foods
that are grown without the use of potentially
poisonous pesticides, synthetic fertilisers,
sewage sludge, genetically modified organ-
isms, or ionizing radiation. In the case of
organic chickens and eggs, they are reared
without antibiotics or artificial growth hor-
mones, and are fed organic food.
Although T&T does not have any local
organic certification system yet, many other
countries do. In the US, for instance, organic
egg production means that the laying hens
must have access to the outdoors and must
not be raised in cages; also, no antibiotics
are used, except in the case of infectious
outbreaks. Organic certification in the US
involves maintenance of basic animal welfare
standards: so it s in theory a much more
ethical approach to food, involving less cruelty
to the animals. However, in the US, eggs cer-
tified organic are not necessarily free-range.
What's in an egg?
So what, exactly, is the food value of a
chicken egg? Popular British chef Jamie Oliver
on his Website www.jamieoliver.com says
eggs are a complete source of protein with
all the essential amino acids for human health.
And for those worried about fat, even though
an egg contains 80-90 calories, most of the
fat in eggs is the unsaturated, heart-healthy
variety that our bodies need for keeping our
cell membranes healthy, protecting internal
organs, and helping with absorbing fat-
soluble vitamins, he says.
He adds that eggs also contain essential
micronutrients such as vitamin B12 (which
keeps our metabolic and nervous system
healthy) and vitamin D (which the body needs
to absorb calcium and keep bones healthy).
Eggs also contain iodine, which helps your
thyroid gland work properly, he notes.
Nutritionally, free-range eggs are better
than conventional battery-raised eggs (where
the hens are kept imprisoned in factory con-
ditions, with limited space, limited to no
natural sunlight, and a commercial diet with
additives for maximum profits). According
to 2007 tests done by the magazine Mother
Earth News, free-range home-grown eggs
have 1/3 less cholesterol, ¼ less saturated
fat, 2/3 more vitamin A, three times more
vitamin E, seven times more beta carotine,
and 21 times more omega-3 fatty acid than
battery eggs---because the hens get to go
outside and eat lots of grass and natural
Food store owner Samantha Antoine
couldn t agree more with the health benefits
of eggs. She s an enthusiastic advocate of
eggs grown in healthy, more natural envi-
ronments, such as those she sells in her shop
New Earth Organics at 80 Roberts Street,
New Earth Organics is a small organic food
co-operative started in 2008. It provides
members and customers with organic, fresh
local and imported produce, bulk peas, beans,
dried fruit, nuts, seeds, eco-friendly personal
care products---and, of course, farm-fresh
eggs direct from her trusted supplier in the
Cascade hills. With a discerning and loyal
customer base, she says her eggs are in
demand and always sell out.
"We sell our eggs at $4 an egg---so, $48
a dozen. We sell in any amount. The shell
colours range from cream to brown to some
that are almost rosy looking. Our supplier
raises chickens as well as pigeons for racing.
And he knows the value of not feeding his
birds laying mash or cracked corn or other
feeds like that (which most commercial laying
hens are fed), because those things just bulk
them up and make them heavy and fatter."
So what s wrong with corn and commercial
feeds? Well, it s almost impossible to deter
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No shortage of
They're healthier and
tastier, says local retailer
of New Earth
at 80 Roberts
she sells locally
eggs, among other
PHOTO: SHEREEN ALI
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