Ending anemia in Cambodia with an iron fish


In Cambodia, millions of people have anemia because their diets don't provide enough iron--and women and children are at greatest risk. The Lucky Iron Fish project offers a clever solution: cook with a piece of iron shaped like a little fish, which releases iron into the food during the cooking process.

Project lead Gavin Armstrong says in the beginning, they offered program participants an iron disc, but nobody wanted to cook with it.

"It didn't make any sense culturally, and so after research it was discovered that the shape of fish was a shape of a symbol of luck in Cambodia," he said.

More in this audio interview, and still more in this video and on the Lucky Iron Fish project website.

You can support their work here.

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  1. Bonus feature: Kids now need no prompting to finish their dinner because whoever gets the iron fish in their serving gets to eat it!

    Mmmm, irony goodness!

  2. I think that might be a choking hazard. The irony, it kills.

  3. I can't see that fish without thinking of:

  4. What a brilliant idea. Heading over to the site to donate now.

    As an FYI, this reminds me of an old Northern European "spell" to improve the health of "sickly, weak" children: Take 7 iron nails and put them into 7 apples. Every day, have the child eat one of the apples (after taking the nail out) in 2 portions, and use the nail you just pulled to put it into another apple, which goes to the end of the apple line.

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