Archive for September, 2010

Australia – The Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation planting moringa trees to use for biodiesel.

September 23, 2010

Iron ore miner Rio Tinto plans to begin using biodiesel to fuel its blasts and drilling operations in Western Australia’s Pilbara region by the end of October. The company is now trialing the use of biodiesel made from used cooking oil which has been filtered by the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. The corporation’s chief executive, Janet Brown says it’s making around 10,000 litres of biodiesel per week from the used cooking oil in the mining accommodation camps. “A year of negotiating and we finally have a supply agreement with Rio Tinto to deal our biodiesel, made from their waste oil, back to them for their drill and blast operations on the mine.”In order to meet the biodiesel needs, the Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation has just begun planting moringa trees to use as another future source for biodiesel.

Ghana to embark on a national Moringa tree planting exercise

September 21, 2010

Ghana Broadcasting Corp announced on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 that the Ministries of Health and Environment, Science and Technology are to embark on a national moringa tree planting exercise. According to the Deputy Minister of Health, Rojo Mettle Nunoo, it is the dream of his ministry to popularize the moringa tree for its numerous medicinal purposes. He said government has signed an MOU with the Chinese government to promote herbal medicine in Ghana. Speaking at the inauguration of the Moringa Expert Clinic in Accra, Mr. Mettle Nunoo noted that under the MOU students will be sponsored to China to upgrade their knowledge in the production and packaging of herbal medicines. The Deputy Minister said the ministry is doing all it can to weed out fake herbal practitioners from the system. The CEO of Moringa Expert Clinic, Monica Sedalor said the medicinal and nutritional values of the moringa tree are not known by many. She asked government to embrace herbal medicine to complement efforts at providing affordable healthcare. Madam Sedalor called on the public to seek expert advice, before using moringa to prevent complications.

Improvement of water treatment pilot plant with Moringa oleifera extract as flocculant agent

September 20, 2010 reports:

Abstract Moringa oleifera extract is a high-capacity flocculant agent for turbidity removal in surface water treatment. A complete study of a pilot-plant installation has been carried out. Because of flocculent sedimentability of treated water, a residual turbidity occured in the pilot plant (around 30 NTU), which could not be reduced just by a coagulation-flocculation-sedimentation process. Because of this limitation, the pilot plant (excluded filtration) achieved a turbidity removal up to 70%. A slow sand filter was put in as a complement to installation. A clogging process was characterized, according to Carman-Kozeny’s hydraulic hypothesis. Kozeny’s k parameter was found to be 4.18. Through fouling stages, this k parameter was found to be up to 6.36. The obtained data are relevant for the design of a real filter in a continuous-feeding pilot plant. Slow sand filtration is highly recommended owing to its low cost, easy-handling and low maintenance, so it is a very good complement to Moringa water treatment in developing countries.

Authors: J. Beltr n-Herediaa; J. S nchez-Martna

‘Miracle tree’ may help provide clean water to developing countries – Penn State University

September 13, 2010

University Park, Pa. — Often called the “miracle tree” for its potential to provide food, fuel and water in harsh environments, the moringa oleifera tree is at the center of a new effort by three Penn State engineers to provide clean drinking water to the developing world.

The work — funded by a year-long, $10,000 Environmental Protection Agency P3 grant — seeks to optimize a water treatment process involving the moringa seed.

“P3 – that’s people, prosperity and planet. It’s for the developing world,” said Stephanie Velegol, instructor in environmental engineering and a co-principal investigator on the grant.

Darrell Velegol, professor of chemical engineering and the grant’s principal investigator, said, “The idea behind our use of the moringa is this: the seeds of the tree contain proteins. One of them is a cationic protein, a positively-charged protein, which contains a little peptide sequence that acts like a molecular knife. So this little molecular knife goes through the bacterial cell wall and kills it, basically slitting it open. We have data showing that for one type of E. coli bacteria, the moringa proteins not only take the bacteria out, but kill the bacteria too.”

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September 9, 2010

Trees for Life,

We live in a small beach community where the unemployment rate is said to be over 50%. The infant mortality (29.6) rate is a higher than the national average and many Haitians call this area home too. The Haitian population has exploded here since the earth quakes. There is lots of farm land that is under utilized. 
We would like to know more about how we can start a Moringa farm here.


Steven K. Bowcutt

Cabarete, Dominican Republic
(809) 545-6444
Steven – refer to the following site to find local support.


September 7, 2010

I am working on a presentation to my botanical club, I can find a great deal of anecdotical and testimonials about Moringa  but not a great deal of technical and research information. Where can I find technical information about Moringa?


Moringa – The Miracle Tree

September 5, 2010

Watch this exiciting 10 minute video about Moringa from around the world

Moringa Leaf with Beans and Meat

September 2, 2010

Fresh Moringa Leaf with Beans and Meat

This recipe comes courtesy of Jennifer Concepcion of the Philippines. Use this as a tasty side dish with any compatible entrée. With seafood entrees, use shrimp, with meat entrees use pork, beef or chicken for the meat portion of this recipe.


1 cup of beans, mongo beans are used in the Philippines but you may substitute, baby limas, red beans or pintos.

2-3 cups of water

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 small onion

1 medium tomato

½ cup of shrimp, pork, chicken or beef

1 cup fresh Moringa leaves

1 Tbsp of fish sauce, or to taste

Salt and pepper to taste.

Boil the beans until tender. While the beans are boiling, sauté the onions, garlic and tomato. When beans are tender add the tomato, onion, garlic  to the beans. Strip the Moringa leaves from the stems, remove any excess stems from the leaves. Add fish sauce. Add fresh Moringa leaves. Salt and pepper to taste.

This is the preferred side dish for Adobo Chicken

Moringa Resources

September 2, 2010

Trees for Life International
3006 W. St. Louis
Wichita, KS 67203-5129 USA
Phone: 316-945-6929
Fax: 316-945-0909
Trees for Life has more than ten years’ experience with the Moringa tree. Check this page for our “Frequently Asked Questions.” Check this page for our information on Moringa. See this page to learn how villagers in India are learning to use the Moringa tree. See this brochure on social marketing of Moringa leaves in English or in French. Call or email if you’re interested in promoting the Moringa tree.


September 2, 2010
PRODUCERS of the Moringa medical herbs in Limpopo are planning to distribute more than 5,000 plants in a bid to fight malnutrition in the country.
This comes after the producers won the national Female Farmer of the Year Award at the weekend during the annual awards ceremony held in Eastern Cape.Sedikong sa Lerato Community Transformation’s managing director, Mavis Mathabatha, said the project had gained support locally and internationally, with the United Nations also recognizing their products.