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The Earth Day Miracle – Moringa – Save the planet

These are trying times. Choices and decisions are being or have been made that affect our lives all across the planet.

Many billions have become accustomed to eating rice which is increasingly in short supply. Farmers are not getting the financial returns they expect from planting rice and are faced with the choice of planting rice or planting corn, the latter being the new and sexy choice on the farm. Corn provides financial security, helps in ongoing the global warming/energy debate by making available the option of using ethanol rather than fostering more and more of a dependence on oil.

However, the consequences are devastating for the billions who eat and depend on rice as a staple – from the World Food Programme of the United Nations, to the family in the huts in Burkina Faso.

Riots are ensuing as more and more people face the possibility of a drastic reduction in the staple which has kept them going over the years see Muriella’s Corner, Rice, fuel, riots

Plant Moringa, Eat Moringa, Use Moringa for fuel, save the planet – read more on Moringa here

The Miracle Tree – the book/bible on Moringa

Q: What is Moringa oleifera?

A: Moringa oleifera is the most nutrient-rich plant yet discovered. This humble plant has been making strides in less-developed societies for thousands of years, and significant nutritional research has been conducted since the 1970s. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, antiaging and anti-inflammatory properties used for nutrition and healing.

Q: Is Moringa safe?

A: In underdeveloped countries, health organizations and clinics distribute Moringa to infants, children, pregnant and lactating women. Moringa is sometimes called “Mother’s Best Friend” and “Miracle Tree.” Since 1998, the World Health Organization has promoted Moringa as an alternative to imported food supplies to treat malnutrition.

Q: What scientific studies support Moringa?

A: In the last ten years, hundreds of research articles, theses, reports, and patents have been published on Moringa. Newspapers, scientific journals, documentaries (Discovery Channel) feature Moringa more and more. The Church World Service recently organized the first ever Moringa Tree International Conference to educate about Moringa’s use as an indigenous resource for fighting hunger and malnutrition.

Q: Is Moringa safe to take with medications?

A: We are not aware that any negative interactions have occurred. But again, please consult your doctor if you have health concerns.

Q: Is Moringa oleifera genetically modified?

A: No, Moringa is one of few beneficial plants NOT genetically modified (GM). Today, alarmingly there are thousands of GM plants. Recent news reports confirm research brought to the media several years ago, that in animal studies a diet rich in GM corn fed to animals caused them to develop abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood. These studies raise fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. In Dr. Monica G. Marcu’s book, “Miracle Tree”, (published by KOShealthpub.com), she outlines the current health concerns of GM corn and soy as the modern day health hazard, especially among infants, and Moringa is a superior replacement, unblemished by GM as it delivers supreme nutrition to all ages.

Q: Where can I learn more about Moringa?

A: Please visit Moringa Research, United States Department of Agriculture, the book, “The Miracle Tree” by Dr. Monica G. Marcu

Q: What is the best book or reference I can get on Moringa oleifera?

A: The most recent publication on Moringa oleifera is by Dr. Monica Marcu, “Miracle Tree”, which is said to be the definitive reference. Early reviews call Marcu’s book the leading reference on Moringa as she takes her clinical and analytical laboratory experience and gives the health-conscious reader understanding on a majority of Moringa’s wealth of nutrients. She also covers Moringa’s history, re-discovery, nutrients, benefits, and traditional cures and modern uses. The information presented goes in-depth on the value of Moringa’s nutrients and amazing phytochemical compounds which only a “cold-blooded” scientist could examine. For more information visit the publisher’s website KOShealthpubdotcom.

Q: Is Moringa’s dried leaf powder more potent than fresh Moringa leaf?

A: When you take a delicate Moringa leaf and carefully shade dry it – amazing things happen. There is significantly higher nutritional value in the Moringa dried leaf, in some cases over ten times in specific nutrients when compared to fresh Moringa leaf. Many universities and independent research laboratory analyses have confirmed the higher nutritional values in the dried leaf powder. What’s more amazing is the gram for gram comparison of Moringa to common fruits and vegetables. The nutritional values of Moringa’s many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, and anti-aging compounds are higher than it’s own fresh leaves.

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Rice, fuel, riots

Food for fuel vs food for life

Is Moringa the answer?

We are arriving at that collision crossroads where decisions are being made as to the type of crop to grow and for what reason.

Crops are grown for feeding populations, specifically ubiquitous crops like rice and corn. Water is essential for growing anything.

Today, there is an increasing tension among farmers as to the crops to grow, with a slant now towards using land reserved for growing rice to  growing corn for ethanol.  The objective is that growing corn is more financially satisfying and  correlates with reduction of dependence on oil as well.

Hence the shortage of rice, and the seeming problems of obtaining new land resources on which to grow  rice – ensuing in global shortages and growing rioting (Egypt, Haiti, Asia…)

In addition, there is growing concern for overusing water resources  to grow these crops if we are to sustain our lifestyles.

If corn requires irrigation, then each gallon of ethanol
from corn requires 500 to 1,000 gallons of fresh water.

If corn requires more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) of irrigation per year, then the ethanol you get from the biofuel will not provide sufficient energy to desalinate the amount of seawater you will need to irrigate the next year’s crop. So in South Africa, for example, if the government is contemplating building desalination plants, they might instead stop growing any corn for ethanol if the corn requires anywhere near that much irrigation.

Finally, the extent of tropical deforestation for the purposes of growing biofuel is difficult to calculate. But it appears we are talking about a few hundred thousand square miles just in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Needless to say, an equivalent amount is lost to biofuel in the Amazon, and Africa is racing to catch up. As you know, tropical rainforests once covered 8.0 million square miles – and today there is less than 3.0 million left. I would guess .5 million is already gone for biofuel plantations, with another .5 million (possibly much more) destined to be lost to biofuel within 5 years.

Compared to corn, sugar cane can yield twice the ethanol
per unit of area, but also can require more water.

The sugar-bioethanol chain, which has provided huge benefits for Brazil, could also create jobs and income for several African countries, hence many countries are considering it.

But sugar production has created major concern in recent years. Future potential is limited in South Africa and one reason for this is the industry’s consumption of water. A 2005 World Wildlife Fund study found that 600 to 1000 litres of water are used to produce 1 kg of sugar, or one million litres of water to produce 12.5 tonnes of commercial cane. It is a water intensive crop that remains in the soil for the whole year.

When we look at the land ratio to food for fuel, food for life, there are issues which will need to be addressed so as to create more equity in distribution. Emphasis should be placed on stepping up the research on moringa as as effective substitute for food and for fuel.

Read more on Moringa here

Source> ecoworlddotcom

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