The potential benefits of Moringa related to nutrition, environment, health and medicine are being recognized and actively promoted by the government of The Philippines. Moringa is known as “malunggay” in the Philippines.
A press release posted yesterday on the Philippine Information Agency website states that government officials are now being instructed to actively distribute Moringa:
“Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol regional executive director Joselin Marcus Fragada has instructed his field officials in the provincial offices to distribute malunggay seedlings during the Independence Day celebration on June 12, 2009.
“Fragada said that the malunggay seedling distribution project supports President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s program to spur rural growth through job creation and food production to cushion the effects of the global economic meltdown and at the same time mitigating global warming and climate change.” (Full press release)
The press release refers to Los Angeles Times writer Mark Fritz stating that “Moringa contains seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, four times the iron of spinach, four times the calcium content of milk and three times the potassium of bananas.” This comparison with common foods has been quoted and duplicated by many sources throughout the worldwide Moringa community, and originated from Trees for Life materials about Moringa.