Food Security

Sustainable agriculture involves production methods that provide healthy food for consumers, improve the environment, respect workers , are humane to animals , provide fair wages to farmers , and support farming communities .
What is food security? The absence of insufficient food/nutrients to sustain the world’s populations.
Tropical agriculture has taken on the trappings of successful methods from the temperate zones. It is my contention that the 10/40 window may benefit from the implementation of tree based agriculture, and particularly the moringa tree. Moringa is incredible at food production. One acre with 800 trees may produce 280,000 pounds of fresh leaves annually, helping to reduce the possibility of world hunger. Moringa is one of a handful of plants which provides a  complete dietary package in the leaves – 9 essential amino acids and vitamin C. It indeed deserves its name of miracle tree!

Let me address some issues/questions people have.

  1. Is it safe? There are 3 levels at which drug effect/effectiveness can be measured. Dosage for clinical effect is the amount required to defeat the disease. Side effect dosage is the amount required to get a negative physical response. LD50 dosage is the amount which kills 50% of the (usually) rodents used in the study. With the plant based medicine that I am recommending, the dosage difference between theses 3 markers is multiples of 10. Suffice to say the chance for negative effects is very low, even when, not if, the patient thinks that if they are to take x dosage for 3 days they could get better in 1 day by taking xtimes3 in a single day.
  2. How do patients get the right dosage when you can’t measure what is in the plant? Getting the correct dosage is a struggle for medical personnel the world over, even in our measurement/prescription model. In the plant based model the patient is taking responsibility for this, bearing in mind that the chances of overdosing are very slight. Due to the complex interaction between the chemicals found in plants, resistance is not an issue. The Chinese have used plant based artemisinin for over 2,000 years and never reported a case of resistance.
  3. Won’t the medical establishment in these countries try to stop you? Yes they will. There needs to be some education on building wealth. Sick people do not work and do not produce income, so there are no winners. When public health is improved, people will buy many products with their new found wealth so people who are making their money now through the sale of pills, can own other types of businesses and make money. Eventually they can even make money sucking unwanted fat from peoples bodies!!, rather then trying to get money from people as they face death or extreme discomfort from malaria, HIV or dysentery. Even the relatives of high officials in these countries get sick and can benefit from plant based medicine. So these people can become advocates. There is no need to have a scarcity mentality.
  4. Plants have a single drug and the recommendation now is to use combination therapy. Plants have many chemicals we know about and some we may not know. We do not understand all the interactions between those chemicals, suffice to say they do exist. It is a fact that one can treat malaria with the plant material which is left after the extraction of artemisinin (the main line drug used to treat malaria).
  5. Is it snake oil? No. There are 4 main plants used, including artemisia annua, moringa, neem and papaya. Artemisia annua is the source of the worlds artemisinin – the mainline drug used to treat malaria. Millions of people take billions of doses of this chemical annually. Moringa is a globally loved food source. There are too many videos and books to count which praise its benefits. Neem has been part of ayurvedic medicine (from India) for over 4,000 years. Would a culture keep a poor product for that long? Neem is not suitable for couples wishing to have a child.. Again, too much research exists to begin siting studies. Papaya is very effective and perhaps the least studied of these plants. I had an LD50 done at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda which indicated that you need to consume tea from 7-8 leaves to get a minor side effect while a piece the size of your palm will treat malaria.
  6. Where is the research? If you have internet access you have access to the results of numerous studies. My heart has been broken too many times by what I have seen for me to not take the hours it takes to satisfy myself that this approach is legitimate. There are over 22 million people in sub Saharan Africa with HIV and over 30 million world wide who could benefit. Do you have the time for them – most of whom have no internet or computer access? These 4 plants can be used to effectively treat the 4 big killers – malaria, HIV, dysentery and TB.
  7. Can you make any money from this? Artmesia annua gives 400,000 to 800,000 daily doses per hectare and moringa over 2 million. At a very affordable rate to the clients, the health of whole populations can be changed.

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