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Miracle Tree Could Feed and Fuel Third World

first_imgThe ‘drumstick tree’ grows right where it is needed for food, fuel, water safety, stock feed and many other uses, all for free.It’s been years (3/09/10) since we reported the good news about Moringa oleifera, the drumstick tree – a plant native to Asia and Africa with multiple uses. Now that a new paper has come out about it, it’s time to revisit this amazing plant. Known as “one of the world’s most useful trees,” this one species can do all the following:PowerPoint slide by David CoppedgeWe compared the story to the old Acres of Diamonds parable about a man who wasted his life looking for diamonds, not realizing his property was surrounded by them. Africa may have diamonds (a harsh industry on natives), but it needs nutrition more. The new paper in PLoS One measures how two species of Moringa score on mineral nutrition:Moringa oleifera (MO) and M. stenopetala (MS) (family Moringaceae; order Brassicales) are multipurpose tree/shrub species. They thrive under marginal environmental conditions and produce nutritious edible parts. The aim of this study was to determine the mineral composition of different parts of MO and MS growing in their natural environments and their potential role in alleviating human mineral micronutrient deficiencies (MND) in sub-Saharan Africa.Sure enough, these two species of Moringa are rich in minerals – far richer than the usual plant foods.In Ethiopian crops, MS leaves contained the highest median concentrations of all elements except Cu [copper] and Zn [zinc], which were greater in Enset (a.k.a., false banana). In Kenya, Mo flowers and MS leaves had the highest median Se [selenium] concentration of 1.56 mg kg-1 and 3.96 mg kg-1, respectively. The median concentration of Se in MS leaves was 7-fold, 10-fold, 23-fold, 117-fold and 147-fold more than that in brassica leaves, amaranth leaves, baobab fruits, sorghum grain and maize grain, respectively. The median Se concentration was 78-fold and 98-fold greater in MO seeds than in sorghum and maize grain, respectively.The five researchers concluded that this plant can really help Africans meet their dietary mineral requirements:This study confirms previous studies that Moringa is a good source of several of the measured mineral nutrients, and it includes the first wide assessment of Se and I [iodine] concentrations in edible parts of MO and MS grown in various localities. Increasing the consumption of MO and MS, especially the leaves as a fresh vegetable or in powdered form, could reduce the prevalence of MNDs, most notably Se deficiency.This sounds like a golden opportunity for locals to engage in entrepreneurial business. If people don’t rush to pick the leaves and eat them raw off the tree, why not add them to salads? Why not set up shop to make powder from them, and find ways to make them tasty? Think of the possibilities: Moringa flour, candy, cookies, cocoa, energy drinks – all the things western nations make out of wheat flour or soy. If that works, it could contribute to a cycle of progress: healthier people would have more energy to go into business with Moringa, setting up Moringa farms and all kinds of other enterprises – maybe even exporting this miracle plant’s benefits to the west.Look at Table 1 for all the places this tree naturally grows. It’s all over the place, waiting to be used for good.Moringa oleifera and MS are fast growing multipurpose woody plants which grow in diverse ecosystems, from very dry marginal lowland tropical climates to moist high altitude regions. They shed their leaves during long dry seasons. Their tuberous roots enable them to store water and withstand very long dry seasons. The MO tree can grow up to 5–15 m in height, with a diameter at breast height up to 25 cm. A mature MS tree is usually larger in overall size and more drought tolerant than MO, with larger leaves, seeds and trunk. However, MS is slower-growing compared to MO. In experiments conducted in the Sudan, MS flowered after 2.5 years as compared to 11 months for MO.The authors confirm earlier reports of the many uses of this tree. Its versatility as a useful plant for people is truly astounding:They are used for food, medicine, fodder, fencing, firewood, gum and as a coagulant to treat dirty water. The foliage, immature pods, seeds, and roots are used both as food and medicine. Young shoots are also cooked and eaten. Leaves are either cooked or consumed raw as vegetables. Moringa leaves are used in a similar way as a cabbage and spinach thereby nicknamed ‘cabbage tree’. As a food or forage source, Moringa spp. can supply a wide range of essential macro and micro nutrients.This super-food and super-material grows right where it is needed: Africa, India and Pakistan, Mexico – even the Solomon Islands. Yet the authors call it an “underutilized crop”.This is truly amazing. It’s as if God planted a tree of life for people growing in a cursed world. What are we waiting for? Let’s make use of the riches God has put on this earth to help the people who need it most.This figure is available in the paper as a PowerPoint slide.(Visited 508 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s top tax contributors

first_img24 June 2011 The survey found the mining industry had the heaviest tax burden in 2010, with a total tax rate of 38.26%. This meant Tax Freedom Day – the day of the year on which respondents had earned enough profit to pay all their taxes – was celebrated on 30 April. The year before it was 2 May. Companies were subject to 22 business-related taxes for the 2010 financial year, compared to 20 in the previous year. Fifty of South Africa’s large companies contributed almost a quarter of total government tax collections in the 2010 financial year, according to the PwC fourth annual Total Tax Contribution survey released on Wednesday. The average total tax rate for respondents was 33.24%, up from 2009 when it was 32.53%. This is a measure of all business taxes against profit before all such taxes.center_img “This total tax contribution amounts to 23.51% of total government tax receipts for that year,” the company’s tax partner, Charles de Wet, said in a statement. Their contribution totalled R140.76-billion in the fiscal year ended 31 March 2010. The manufacturing industry – including oil and gas – was the largest tax contributor, paying R63.07-billion. This was 45% of the total R140.76-billion of all survey respondents. Sapalast_img read more

Stop What You Are Doing & Install This Plug-In: Rapportive

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Trusting the ServiceYou don’t need to give Rapportive your Gmail credentials, the service asks you to login via secure Google Federated Login, or OpenID. The startup doesn’t have access to your password, but it does access the contents of your email – that’s how it builds a service for you to use. Any browser extension has access to everything you do on the web, but I expect some people will feel a little nervous about installing a webmail related extension from a small company. I don’t think that concern is warranted enough to justify missing out on this awesome service.The company says that if your details are inaccurate you can visit Rapleaf and correct them.Inbox as PlatformRapportive is developing a platform for the development of custom applets that other companies can integrate within their local data stores so you can look up an email sender on your own system as part of the Rapportive display. Co-founder Rahul Vohra says such integration takes minutes to set up and in the long term the company hopes to create a marketplace for those applets. Team collaboration so notes left on contacts can be shared is also in the works, as is integration with popular paid CRM and customer service systems.Rapportive was first reported on by The Next Web this morning. I’ve been hoping to find something like this for a long time. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cambridge UK startup Rapportive has released a Firefox and Chrome extension that will replace the ads in your Gmail with photos, biographic data and social media links, including a live display of recent Tweets, for whoever you’re corresponding with by email. It’s fantastic and takes about 2 minutes to set up.The three person team behind Rapportive queries data provider Rapleaf for the social media profile data and does some local caching for performance optimization. Let’s stop talking about it though – just go download it! Check out the screenshot and details below. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

Ravena’s late three lifts Ateneo past La Salle

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThirdy Ravena drained the huge go-ahead three from the left corner with 9.2 seconds to spare and Ateneo escaped with the thrilling 80-78 victory over La Salle in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Though the lengthy forward was unable to complete the four-point play, Matt Nieto secured the offensive board and drilled the insurance freebies with 7.1 ticks left as the Blue Eagles downed the famed Green Archers for their third win in five games.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena finished the game with nine points, none bigger that his lone three of the game, to go with five rebounds, and two blocks.Anton Asistio heated up for Ateneo as he went 4-of-5 threes to wound up with 13 markers.Mike Nieto missed out on a double-double with his 10 points and eight boards, Raffy Verano also got nine points, three assists, and two boards, and Jawuan White had nine markers and two rebounds in the win.It was a nip-and-tuck battle between the fierce foes, with the Blue Eagles losing grip of a 73-68 lead with 2:31 left to play.Ben Mbala willed La Salle back in the game and even put the green side ahead, 74-73 with a huge putback off Ricci Rivero’s fastbreak miss in the final 18.7 seconds. But the Green Archers had no answer for the flawless free throw shooting from the Blue Eagles as they fell to a 4-3 record in the preseason tourney.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena 3 and a foul! #Filoil2017 pic.twitter.com/0dDcdtFeSX— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) June 11, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout What ‘missteps’? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Good contributions from all over the team. It was a big shot by Thirdy,” said coach Tab Baldwin. “We don’t want to rely too much on big shots to win the game, but it’s good that we get one when we need it.” The Cameroonian big man paced La Salle with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Aljun Melecio got 20 markers and five boards in the loss.The Scores:ATENEO 80 – Asistio 13, Mi. Nieto 10, Verano 10, Ravena 9, White 9, Black 6, Tio 5, Ikeh 5, Go 4, Mendoza 4, Ma. Nieto 2, Porter 2, Tolentino 1.LA SALLE 78 – Mbala 23, Melecio 20, Rivero 8, Santillan 7, Gonzales 7, Baltazar 6, Caracut 5, Tratter 1, Tero 1.Quarters: 22-18, 36-33, 53-51, 80-78. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View commentslast_img read more