Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic upgrade that has been known to assist in the body's ability to overcome health complications associated with malaria. Anemia is a nutritional deficiency that has become associated with sickle cell. Sickle cell anemia impacts the blood in a way that causes a loss of oxygen within their red bloods, which are responsible for transporting oxygen. The consequence of this phenomenon in one's genetic material creates a need for a consumption of culturally specific foods that provide high concentrations for iron absorption. The polarity of not having these foods available creates pain and suffering for members of the sickle cell community.
Growing Moringa is how we are addressing the culturally specific needs of the Sickle Cell community. Moringa is known to be a superfood and can relieve a number of different health issues associated with the Sickle Cell Communities adaptation to the Standardized American Diet (SAD). The iron density available in moringa can work towards resolving the nutritional deficiency anemia that has been associated with SIckle Cell. Moringa also carries a chemical called isothiocynate that has shown signs of having an anti sickling effect on the blood when used as a staple food.
April 23rd until April 25th we have planned a community camp out in which our goal is within forty-eight hours to plant six thousand moringa trees. From a sociological point of reference this is an act to organize a food justice system that would give additional support to the Sickle Cell Community.
We are organizing two hundred people to be a part of this project and I think we can achieve this goal based on prior organized efforts. With this ratio every person would be able to plant thirty trees and we would be able to achieve our goal of providing a demonstrable model of how culturally specific foods can resolve health issues within the sickle cell community. We have received a donation of moringa seeds from Carrie Waterman PhD, a moringa researcher at UC Davis who will be doing a moringa plant training during the trip.
In collaboration with the Bay Area Wilderness Training program we will be able to provide two hundred families who may not be in a position to have wilderness equipment readily available. The Bay Area Wilderness training program could offer a scholarship for resources that families would need to participate in Sugarloaf Moringa farm's Earth Day Moringa Festival.