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accessible. david ariosto, al jazeera. >> that is our show, the news conned on al jazeera america. >> on "america tonight," cosmic cash, buying in on the most valuable souvenirs from space. >> if it went to the moon and landed on the moon, was it taken out of the lunar lander and brought to the surface? >> is that the most valuable? >> there is one tiny distinction that makes it more valuable, was it stained with moon dust. >> moon swag. what would it cost on the moon? >> this is highly affordable. anybody should be able to make
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that. >> without doubt. >> america's food desert. it is no secret that america is fat. that extra weight may be killing us. for first time in history, americans manned up with a short he life span than their parents, because of obesity. and the big part of the problem is food desert. where quick fix low nutrition meals have taken over. "america tonight's" michael okwu visited an american food desert. does the community really have an appetite for change? >> reporter: you're looking at a fast food waste land. south central los angeles. it's supersized with yurch junkd joints and drowning in big gulps. negotiating with the bloods andd
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crips, time and sage in a song. >> you're going to smell how fragrant and different it is. the be chef at post and beam with its own herb garden. >> for me, it was more coming home. i was born in inglewood. there was opportunity to open up a flagship restaurant for the redevelopment of the mall. how could we say no to that? >> armstrong is betting south l.a. residents will want his version of fast food. >> show me something you could make in this restaurant that is affordable and something at home could make. >> i'll show you a simple kale salad that we did. all the greens we buy from the south central co-op, they supply us with you're kale, the collard greens we use.
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>> if only one available to south l.a. residents, 30% who live below the federal poverty level. >> what would this cost me to make? >> $2. >> so very affordable. anybody could make it. >> it's fresh ingredients, we massage the kale a little bit with the dressing, that breaks it down a little, makes it easier to digest. >> everything and everyone need to be pampered even the kale. >> he whips it up in less time than you would be in a drive-through. >> this tastes delicious. regardless of the taste, south l.a. residents ready to trade a whropper for a kale salad? >> you don't see a lot of people who are willing to put prom gran ats and kale together to make a salad.
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>> maybe. >> full of fast food places. the city actually backed the opening new ones hoping obesity would drop. but a think tank believed that the first few years of the ban people got fatter and ate more fast food. >> do developers believe this is a neighborhood that only relies on fast food? you can't have a sit down restaurant they are not interested in it? >> there weren't people who were interested in investing in it, they didn't trust or believe in the community perhaps. but we believe that people need good options. >> you build it and they will come. >> knock wood. 80. >> and they have been coming. >> they certainly have. we're going on our fourth year and things are going well. we're very happy. >> post and beam is one of the top restaurants in south l.a. one of only a handful in south l.a. bragging rights owner brad
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johnson is proud of. >> it's not often you see a restaurant in this caliber convinced that south l.a. would want good feed and willing to pay for it. >> judge is this place important? >> you have to be careful as a black entrepreneur whether you wave the flag too proudly as black owned because to some that says oh that's exclusive, not for the rest of us. but what's necessary is that african americans have to recognize that our culture is important. and in order for our culture to survive, black businesses which represent a part of our culture have to be patronized because when they're not they disappear. black neighborhoods disappear and then we don't have that. and i think you know we've seen that happen, in neighborhoods like harlem and neighborhoods like oakland and neighborhoods like this one. >> but from the looks of it post
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and beam may be changing that. angelinos like this. >> people are surprised, they are really friendly here. what did you think? we're having a good time, plan, we're enjoying it drinking wine, watching the lakers, voog good a good time. >> while post and beam won't wipe out obesity, it will change habits one mind at a time and give residents in south l.a. something they deserve and now demand. >> do you get that a lot? >> people are anxious to show off that something like this has happened in their neighborhood. >> michael okwu, al jazeera, los angeles. >> 97next, could we really be
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running out of chocolate? later, putting a price on stardust, some of most valuable souvenirs but who gets to collect on lunar loot?
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♪ >> so here is the headline about our favorite sweet one disturbing enough to strike real fear in the hearts of millions. the world is running out of chocolate! who's to blame and what can be done to save us there this cocoa calamity? the man who knows more about
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chocolate than anyone, willie wonka, of course. >> look at that it's incredible. >> it's just a giant -- i mean it's filled t to the brim with chocolate. >> this is as close as any of us will ever get to living little charlie's dream. cocoa coins, gift-wrapped goodies, hazelnut goodies turned out by ma madelines. the man's job is to eat chocolate for a living! as much as three pounds of it a day! >> i am considered to be the real life willie wonka.
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>> you might say he was born with a chocolate bar in his mouth. his parents published an industry journal. angus started writing for it at age 7. >> i was like the little charlie. saying don't pinch me because i don't want this dream to end. i'm still saying that now. >> but the man living a sugar coated dream warns, there's a bitter war brewing. >> you are the man behind one of the most terrifying predictions i have heard in time. >> the world will run out of chocolate by 2020. >> what? yes, really, the world could run out of chocolate by 2020! kennedy first made this doomsday prediction last year backed up by the big names in the business. mars the people who make snickers and m & ms and godiva
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chocolates, one reason the cacao tree is hard to grow, a nasty virus called witch's broom wiped out the groves. two small countries, the ivory coast and ghana produce 70% of the world's cocoa. >> there is word about cocoa becoming powdered gold. >> there's another reason why chocolate is rising like gold. you, me, we are the real-life augustus floops. >> don't do that, please i beg you, augustus. >> we eat a lot of chocolate. on average, americans scarf up
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between 11 and 12 pounds of chocolate a year, and other countries eat more. and new chock-oh-holics eat more. smaller bars, more of what the industry calls inclusion. like creams and crispies. >> the cheapest bit is sugar. you are finding that generally as a trend chocolate is getting sweeter with more bits in it and it's getting smaller. the industry is promoting the fact that it's good you're getting a smaller bar. >> less spin. >> less calories, no it's not, it's less chocolate. antioxidants, no it's not, chocolate can taste amazing. >> kennedy says you can tell if you got the high-quality stuff
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in a snap. >> it's called a snap test. so what you want to do is pick up one of these and then literally break it and listen. >> i didn't hear anything. >> good. so and then you pick up the other one which is like got more high concentration of cocoa butter. >> definitely makes a snap. >> the reason why that made that noise is because of the crystallization of the cocoa butter. it has more cocoa butter in it. >> truth be told. even on his worst days with the worst examples, angus kennedy has the best job in the world. chocolates launched his career, helped him court his wife and even attributed the increase of his family to chocolate.
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>> wasn't the reason she married me but she stuck with me all along and the family i've got well, it's because of chocolate that i have five kids because of chocolate and champagne actually. >> which explains why he has had to cap his teeth to cover the casts and his doctors warn the constantly gorging on candies and extreme exercise, angus kennedy is going to do what all of us do, eat -- more -- chocolate. >> contributing to the shortage and it is a big problem at the moment but one thing for sure, people are not going to eat less. >> no, i'm certainly not! >> me neither. >> not at this time of year, anyway. from a sweet treat to a tasty troublemaker this is time of year when snow birds head south of course but one creature that's made florida's golden
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shores its own has now been deemed a vicious threat. it's a danger to other species a multimillion dollar threat, "america tonight's" sheila macvicar on the trail of a kill person. >> it's hard to believe a fish this beautiful this fragile looking could be a menace but the lion fish is just that. >> they don't fear anything. >> ali al hajj has made hundreds of dives off the florida coast. he has seen how the lion fish have overtaken the local reefs. >> why are they a problem? >> they are such a problem because we don't have a natural predator in our waters. secondly their rate of reproduction is ridiculous. one female over two million eggs a year. the third thing is they're gluttonous eaters.
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so they will decimate our native fish population. >> reporter: with no natural predator the voracious lion fish is just the latest interloper to overwhelm florida, a state that's been called the ellis island of invasive species. lion fish are doing more than surviving. they're multiplying at a furious rate, gobbling up marine life around them. here is a man made reef with a numerous amount of fish. here is one where the lion fish have taken over. lion fish compete directly with recreational saltwater fishing in florida. that's worth more than $7 billion a year to the state. how did it all begin? household pets, a handful kept in aquariums. >> the theory that is most accepted by everybody that's
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working or hunting these fish is that aquarium owners released their pets off the east coast of florida in the mid '80s. so in something like 30 years you've now gone from a couple of fish off the east coast of florida to a range that goes from -- >> from north carolina to mid brazil everything in between. >> that's a lot of lion fish. >> and it floated and they're everywhere. >> with no natural predator in florida waters the state is now counting on divers like ali al hajj to keep lion fish in check. keeping them off of reefs by hunting them one at a time. there is no limit on how many lion fish divers can take. lion fish can live ta at a depth that recreational divers can go
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but they can make a difference. sheila macvicar, al jazeera. >> the sky high price of moon swag, buying in on souvenirs from space. >> i was told for $10,000 american, suit be on your porch. >> "america tonight"'s adam may with the low down.
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>> just 12 men, all of them american have walked on the moon. the apollo program, neil
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armstrong kept a stash of apollo 11 souvenirs, including a movie camera hidden in a closet. the first man on the moon didn't sell his space trinkets. but others have tried to. which "america tonight"'s adam may finds has led to earthly interventions. >> reporter: apole low astronauts, they won the space race, beating the soviets to the moon and captivated the world. they were heroes with the right stuff. bringing home moon rock and mementos, souvenirs of their historic journeys. >> sold 37,500. >> nearly half a century later space artifacts and memorabilia from the apole low mission are worth a small fortune with some
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items selling for tens even hundreds of thousands of dolla dollars. >> last call, sold, $50,000. >> robert pearlman is the founder and editor of collect >> what is most valuable? >> pecking order, things that flew to the moon are on that top level. then did it get distinguished by did it go to the moon and orbit the moon? or did it go onto the moon or did it open into the surface? that's the most valuable. tiny distinction was it stained with moon dust. one of the checklists that was on their wrist, cuff checklist, you could see in every photo of them walk pg on the moon almost every page is coated in moon dust and traded to private entities for over $1 million.
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>> who can sell this moon swag has until recent been up in the air. ed mitchell, put the camera he used on apollo for auction in 2011, the space agency got involved. >> no charges were made against dr. mitchell. >> mitchell turned over the camera used to shoot this film to the smithsonian. but apollo astronauts pushed back. saying there was an informal agreement allowing them to hang onto their space souvenirs. and president obama quietly signed hr 4158 into law. it allows apollo astronauts to keep and cash in on items they brought home. like this flag flown to the moon and this personal preference kit belonging to buzz aldrin.
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and this schematic flown to the lunar surface and signed by gene cernan the last man to walk on the moon. >> right now, space is the most popular collectible. >> bob eaton sells off space collectibles. >> the checklist that's what he used to drive the rover out. that's worth almost $400,000. then we sold another item which was the hand rotation control to land the lunar module on the surface over $600,000. >> hello everyone, welcome to the international spaits station. mspace station. >> but the law did not benefit the other astronauts like clayton anderson. >> any of the stuff been up into
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space? >> actually, yes, this handrail. so you look here on the picture. you see a gold handrail. that's a similar handrail. not that one. but this was on the bottom of the lab module. >> anderson says he had to get special permission from nasa to keep the discarded rail from the space station. but from the joint russian mission he wasn't so lucky. >> i had worn my russian space suit, i asked through the probably channels if i could have the sokol suit gloves. they are specially made and have my initials written on the glove. i asked for my gloves only and was denied. >> why do you think the gloves are now? >> they could be at a flea market in moscow, they could be used for training gloves.
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i have no idea. i was told, if i had the proper amount many of money, for $10,000 american, suit be on your porch. >> and then there are forgeries. >> neil armstrong is an iconic figure, basically a christopher columbus. >> he's an expert between the difference in real armstrong signatures and forgeries. a signed nasa picture is worth $4500. that's a forgery on the left. armstrong never signed over the flag on his space suit. >> forgeries are around simply because it's a quick dollar. >> one especially lucrative stash of moon loot has landed in court. lunar bibles printed on microfilm. >> they were reproduced for the
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prayer league, people in and around the houston community who wanted to express their support for the spais program for their faith. they flew on apollo 13, hooufnt we have houstonwe have a proble. there were rumors that they were out on the surface of the room, they were not, they were in the personal preference kit of edgar mitchell. he gave them back to the prayer league. >> he's now in his 90s living in his nursing home. his collection of lunar bibles is the center of a custody bible. author occasionally hirs carol r bibles. the tak state of texas wants thm back to pay for his care.
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she is under a gag order, the two sides are now in mediation. the stakes are high. lunar bibles have sold at auction for more than $50,000. proof one of the flights of the moon may be over, the price of souvenirs remains in orbit. adam may, al jazeera, houston. >> we will see how that story continues to take off. that's "america tonight." please tell us what you think at you can talk to us on twitter or facebook and come back. we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow.
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