Christy Turlington Burns Honors Mothers With Vogue Mexico Covers + Onia Swim Collab

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Salvadorian-American activist supermodel Christy Turlington Burns has three covers for the May 2019 issue of Vogue Mexico. Photographer Alique captures Christy styled by Celia Azoulay in Altuzarra, Isabel Marant and Tory Burch.

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Christy Turlington was one of the first top models to embrace activism and leveraging her global popularity to turn her gaze on others and not her supermodel self. To reach her goal, Turlington founded Every Mother Counts in 2010.

The nonprofit engages and mobilizes new audiences to support maternal health programs around the world, including the United States where maternal deaths among women of color and women living in states like Texas are skyrocketing. The closure of Planned Parenthood clinics in red states has caused maternal death rates in Texas to reach third-world levels.

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In her latest effort to raise awareness around maternal health, Turlington Burns teams up with swimwear brand Onia on a collection of “Mommy and me” swimsuits that support Every Mother Counts.

"While I am fortunate to have safely delivered three healthy babies, women around the world face tremendous hardships in their journey toward becoming a mother," Dalia Cunow, Onia's women's creative director said. "I learned about Every Mother Counts through my obstetrician Dr. Jacques Moritz. Dr Moritz helped Christy Turlington-Burns through a life threatening child-birth complication inspiring her to found EMC. EMC is a non-profit dedicated to making childbirth safe and respectful for every mother, everywhere. I am in awe of the work they do and sought out a way to support this amazing organization."

50% of the sales from each of the matching Onia styles—"Kelly" for grown-ups ($195) and "Ava" ($75) for girls sizes 2-10—will be donated to the organization.

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U.S. Honey Integrity Task Force Publishes Quality Results On Top 30 Brands

Photo by  Roberta Sorge  on  Unsplash

Photo by Roberta Sorge on Unsplash

AOC is working to restore our significant archives on the topic of bees and the dangers of global bee collapse. Moving from the sweet story of survival around Notre Dame’s honey bees and the beekeepers of Paris, we’re reading Bee Culture: The Magazine of American Beekeeping.

Bee Culture shares an update on the work of America’s Honey Integrity Task Force, whose purpose is to insure the integrity of products sold as ‘pure honey’. The Economist reported in August 2018 that America’s taste for honey “is nectar for con men.”

America’s per person honey consumption has doubled since the 1990s. Despite the increased demand, in 2016 American bees produced 73,000 tons of honey, or 35% less than they did 20 years ago.  Enter the con men. According to the US Pharmacopeia’s Food Fraud Database, honey is now the third-most adulterated food, behind milk and olive oil.

Enter the Honey Integrity Task Force, which tested the 30 top-selling honey products sold in US grocery stores, determined by Nielsen. These brands account for approximately 40 percent of the honey sold in the U.S. retail market.  Read the PR release for details of how the study was conducted.

Of the 28 products that were labeled at retail locations as pure honey, the tests from both labs confirmed the samples were not adulterated. Two of the 30 products were actually labeled as honey blends, not pure honey. Both labs correctly identified them as “adulterated.” 

Survival Of Notre Dame Bees Inspires Gratitude + Update On Global Bee Populations

The beekeeper Nicolas Geant settled three hives on the roof of the sacristy of Notre Dame.  via CNN

The beekeeper Nicolas Geant settled three hives on the roof of the sacristy of Notre Dame. via CNN

In August 2018, bees were sitting pretty atop the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisian beekeepers, or apiculteurs, have quietly lived undercover, tending to bees on the rooftops of some of the most famous buildings in Paris, wrote Atlas Oscura. The Opéra Garnier, the Musée d’Orsay, the École Militaire, Notre Dame, the Grand Palais, and the Institut de France are just a few major monuments that are home to bees.

On a personal scale, so many Parisians have become beekeepers that there’s a danger of bee famine in certain neighborhoods. The local flora is no longer sufficient to maintain them.

There’s a debate around the pros and cons of urban beekeeping and its impact on country bees and the global bee threat of bee colony collapse. Whatever one’s position on the subject, it was a small ray of light in the sad story of the awesome fire that swept through Notre Dame on April 15, 2019 that the bees survived.

Since 2013, three beehives — housing 60,000 bees each — have lived on the roof of Notre Dame. The hives, located about 30 meters from the main fire location were untouched. The wooden structures are very flamable and wax melts at 63 degrees, creating a pure honey trap.

Neither happened to the Notre Dame bees. And bees have a different relationship with smoke than humans do. Geant told CNN "Bees don't have lungs like us. And secondly, for centuries to work with the bees we have used bee smokers."

A bee smoker box creates a white, thick cold smoke in the hives, calming the bees who gorge on the honey while beekeepers do their work.

In August 2018, the New York Times took a deep dive into the beekeepers of Paris. Read Paris Bees at Work From Notre-Dame to the Luxembourg Gardens

Sibyle Moulin, a beekeeper, tending to hives on the roof of Notre-Dame. Image: Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times

Sibyle Moulin, a beekeeper, tending to hives on the roof of Notre-Dame. Image: Dmitry Kostyukov for The New York Times