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It was always in front of us PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jane Mullikin   
Friday, 13 November 2009
I am seriously working to build a garden which is sustainable: sustainable as in self-renewing and sustainable as in fully satisfying the human nutritional needs. Can it be done? Yes, for “The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes.” -Goethe

My main source of seeds and information is ECHO, a group whose mission is to equip people with resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. Their main nursery is very close to me and their workshops are filled with ideas on making lots of food with very little in the way of resources.

God is condemned for letting people starve to death after having made promises to provide. ECHO has greatly impacted me with their proof that God's promise to provide is right there in front of the starving people in the poorest part of the world. It is the Moringa Tree and please click through for more information than I have copied here. The Moringa is the most nutritionally complete plant to have been discovered by man. It's always been used for medicinal purposes and as a shade tree, but apparently its value as food has been lost in modern times. It’s like growing multi-vitamins at your doorstep: Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Manganese, Potassium, Protein, Zinc.Not only that, but Moringa leaves also contain a wealth of other complementary vitamins and minerals.

Totally versatile, it can even be grown in a container. I have 9 Moringa Trees in my garden. When I am working and become thirsty, I pull Moringa leaves and nibble on them. In the kitchen, since they have little flavor, they are used to nutritionally enhance everything from Pesto to casserole to salad.

Nutritional analysis has shown that Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious. In fact, they contain larger amounts of several important nutrients than the common foods often associated with these nutrients. These include vitamin C, which fights a host of illnesses including colds and flu; vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases; Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth and helps prevent osteoporosis; Potassium, which is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

The Trees for Life website points out the sad fact: "We are all well familiar with the problems of malnutrition in our world, and how much suffering and death result. [In] the countries with the highest rates of malnutrition...the amazing thing about Moringa is that . . . it grows in almost exactly the same places. These are the countries where Moringa grows—exactly where it is needed the most." Now what was that about God not providing??

Jane Mullikin
Spirit - Finding Hope in a World of Uncertainty
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