Moringa seed material can give a more efficient water purification process (Science Daily)

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Better Water Purification With Seeds from Moringa Trees

Seeds from Moringa oleifera trees can be used to purify water. Uppsala University leads a research group which has discovered that seed material can give a more efficient purification process than conventional synthetic materials in use today.

Clean water is essential for good health. In many countries it is still difficult to obtain clean water. Even developed countries can benefit from a process that treats waste water without addition of further synthetic chemicals.

In a project lead by UppsalaUniversity, scientists from several countries have investigated how an extract from seeds of Moringa trees can be used to purify water. A protein in the seeds binds to impurities causing them to aggregate so that the clusters can be separated from the water.



Moringa Tree is one of the most useful and multi-purpose plants (Google / Africa Science News)

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Moringa Tree And Its Role In Green Economy

Written by Cyrus Gachanja

Trees have played a critical role in maintaining safe levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere and providing food to animals for millions of years. Trees remove and store CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow. In our entire lifetime, trees play an important role in addressing climate change and enhancing Sustainable Development for Agriculture in the Global context.

At present the world is covered by approximately 30% forest or less than 4 billion hectares. This is at least one third less than before the dawn of agriculture.

Global deforestation continues at around 13 million hectares per year. Mankind needs to replant the earth to restore balance.

Trees quite literally form the foundations of many natural systems. They help to conserve soil and water, control avalanches, prevent desertification, protect coastal areas and stabilize sand dunes.

Forests are the most important repositories of terrestrial biological biodiversity, housing up to 90 per cent of known terrestrial species.

Trees and shrubs play a vital role in the daily life of rural communities.  They provide sources of timber for fuel, wood, food, fodder, essential oils, gums, resins and latex, medicines and shade. Forest animals have a vital role in forest ecology such as pollination, seed dispersal and germination.

Carbon in forest biomass decreased in Africa, Asia and South America in the period 1990–2005. For the world as a whole, carbon stocks in forest biomass decreased annually by 1.1 Gigatonne of carbon (equivalent to 4 billion 25kg sacks of charcoal).

The loss of natural forests around the world contributes more to global emissions each year than the transport sector.  Curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


Moringa could help arid nations to fight food insecurity and malnutrition (IPS)

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Miracle Tree is Like a Supermarket

By Kristin Palitza

CAPE TOWN, Jan 25, 2012 (IPS) – When a food crisis hits the continent, African countries tend to look to the international donor community to mobilise aid. But a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree with extremely nutritious leaves could help poor, arid nations to fight food insecurity and malnutrition on their own.

A 15-hectare plantation of the “miracle tree” with the botanical name Moringa oleifera has already started to make a positive change in the rural village of Tooseng, which is located in one of South Africa’s poorest provinces, Limpopo.

Moringa leaves are dubbed a “super food” because scientists found that they contain the calcium equivalent of four glasses of milk, the vitamin C content of seven oranges, the potassium of three bananas, three times the amount of iron found in spinach, four times the amount of vitamin A found in a carrot and twice the amount of protein in milk. It is like a supermarket on a tree.


Moringa, the ‘Miracle Tree’, and Clean Drinking Water (Science Daily)

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‘Miracle Tree’ Substance Produces Clean Drinking Water Inexpensively and Sustainably

ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2012) — A natural substance obtained from seeds of the “miracle tree” could purify and clarify water inexpensively and sustainably in the developing world, where more than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, scientists report. Research on the potential of a sustainable water-treatment process requiring only tree seeds and sand appears in ACS’ journal Langmuir.


The exceptionally nutritious moringa tree (IPS)

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Food from Trees to Fight Malnutrition

By Emilio Godoy

MEXICO CITY, Sep 29, 2011 (IPS) – The exceptionally nutritious moringa tree, native to the foothills of the Himalayas and cultivated in several Latin American countries, could help fight malnutrition in this region.

The moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), of the Moringaceae family, also known as the drumstrick or horseradish tree, is fast-growing, does well in semi-arid soil and requires little water. Its seed pods and leaves provide significant amounts of protein, vitamins and potassium, and the seeds can also be used to purify water.

“It is not being put to the best use. There is a mismatch between what this plant can provide and how it is being used. It is a source of food, but is being used as a medicine,” Mark Olson, a researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Institute of Biology, told IPS.

Originally introduced as an ornamental tree, the seed pods or fruit can be eaten raw, while crushed seeds yield high quality oil rich in oleic acid. In fact, nearly every part of the tree – including the roots, flowers, leaves, pods and seeds – can be used for food or have other beneficial properties.

There are 13 related species of moringa trees.



Moringa : the miracle tree (You Tube / Trees for Life)

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The miracle tree

In the village of Tooseng in rural Limpopo a ‘miracle’ tree is changing the lot of a community struggling with food security and malnutrition. We uncover the story of the moringa tree.


Sheabutter Cottage donated Moringa seeds to the Container Gardening Project in Malawi (Patrick HARRY)

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Message on Facebook (Patrick HARRY) :

“Good news to all friends of Container gardening project all over the world :

We have received Moringa seeds from SHEABUTTER COTTAGE in the U.K. The seeds will be sown at the project site this year and the tree seedlings will be used to set up a fruit tree woodlot next year as a demonstration plot for the Container Gardening Project (see above). The woodlot will contain several other kinds of fruit trees producing food for the children of Malawi, more especially the needy kids and street kids. Apart from fruit trees, the plot will contain various vegetables planted in containers.

God bless SHEABUTTER COTTAGE for this kind of efficient support.

Patrick Harry (Project coodinator)”



Sheabutter Cottage is a fair trade, ethical business based in Sonning, Reading (UK).


2011-07-25 - Avocado sapling growing in a plastic bottle in Martine DAUBREME's house in Belgium. Right : cuttings of the spekboom Portulacaria afra in bottles. What is possible in Belgium can be done in all the drylands (Photo Martine Daubremé)