Or should I say, “how to control weeds and wrinkles with the same cure”.
To begin this story, let me introduce you to the Redneck Fishing Tournament held in Bath, a remote river town south of Havana, Illinois. This event requires no lures and no tackle box. What it does require is a large net, safety goggles and a boat.
A few years back, in an effort to control weeds in the Great Lakes region of rivers, the game and fish department introduced an exotic and non-native species of fish called the bighead and silver asian carp.
They consume vast amounts of plankton that native species feed on. Hence, we have some really fat carp and some starving native fish, birds, beavers, raccoons and snails. The asian carp reproduces as fast as it eats and has no natural predator in the Great Lakes region. Their population is literally clogging the waterways for other fish, birds, wildlife and boat traffic.
In the Redneck Fishing Tournament, where the only two rules are: no poles and to fish at your own risk, all you have to do to win is catch the largest flying carp in your net. Yes, I said flying. The large and strong fish when agitated or startled, fling themselves out of the water and high into the air.
I know it sounds funny and there are some humorous photos and video clips on the internet, though it is actually more serious. Too many carp are starving and destroying the local plant and animals meaning the Great Lakes are being destroyed and there is no way other than hundreds of years in elapsed time and preservation plus reduction of the carp population to repair the damage.
That is until, the homo sapiens needed a facial.
I girded myself with research, facts and science to be a part of the solution for the asain carp overpopulation in the Great Lakes of the United States of America.
But what can one makeup artist do?
Teach you about consuming cosmetic products that contain the asian carp collagen. That is one bonus to this big fish, their skin is literally packed with oily lipids and collagen. Everything a wrinkle needs to be wiped out!
Another bonus to the asian carp collagen filled skin is that the carp are a vegetarian fish. This means extremely low risk of toxins transfered transdermally from the fish to your face.
There are only a few companies right now that are using the asian carp collagen and they are harvesting the carp from the United States.
So here’s what you can do today to help make a difference for our precious Earth environment while being part of the solution for the Great Lakes preservation:
1. If you enjoy collagen based products,such as; face wash, anti-aging serum, wrinkle filling serums or peptide technology based collagen enhancers, look for those that contain asian carp collagen.
2. Write your state Congressman and Senators about promoting the sale of Great Lake carp collagen and use in cosmetic products.
3. Make asain carp for dinner. Below is a recipe to try. Be brave and tell me how it is.
This recipe was found on activeangler.com and if you see the bottom, originated at fishingworks.com
Carp Tacos (very apropo since I live in Arizona and love tacos)
• 1 pound ground carp
• 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
• 1 package taco seasoning
• 1/2 cup water
• Sliced tomato (or salsa)
• 12 flour tortillas
• Shredded lettuce
• Grated cheddar cheese
• Taco sauce
• Sour cream
Before shredding the fish, remove mud vein, or redish-brown section of meat. Cook the shredded fish in the oil until its color changes. Add the taco seasoning and water. Cook until nearly dry, stirring occasionally. Heat flour tortillas in a dry fry-pan, turning to lightly brown on both sides. They should still be soft and pliable when warm. Fill each tortilla with fish mixture. Add grated cheese, taco sauce, lettuce, tomato chunks (or salsa) and top with sour cream.
This recipe has been generously contributed by www.fishingworks.com.
I must give credit and honor where it is due: thanks to author Dennis Behreandt for his cover story in the August edition of The New American. That’s where I first learned about the asian carp destruction. At first I was mad but quickly decided I wanted to be a part of the solution and started to create this article about carp and cosmetics.
Who knew that carp and cosmetics would ever be used in the same sentence?
Enjoy the knowledge and if you have questions about green beauty or carp, please contact me by email through the website www.makeupuniversity.com
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