Development Initiatives

Articles, books, videos, films, webinars, podcasts, etc. from various web publications in English,  French, Haitian Kreyòl or Spanish, that highlight inspiring actions, events, and initiatives from all  over the world… 

 

HEALTH 

Secrets of Natural Antibiotics and Antivirals  

By Christopher Vasey N.D. 

For much of human history, the true cause of infectious diseases remained a mystery. In the  absence of treatment, many patients succumbed to their illnesses. It was not until the nineteenth  century that evidence for the existence of germs was revealed. The discovery of penicillin in  1929, and then that of many other pharmaceutical antibiotics, finally permitted the specific  treatment of infectious diseases. The mortality and suffering connected to these illnesses dropped  so spectacularly that the plants we had used empirically until then in the fight against germs were  abandoned. 

However, over the last few decades, an increasing number of studies have brought these plants  back into the spotlight. Extensive research has made it possible to gain a deeper understanding of  their antibiotic properties. Not only have they been shown to have greater therapeutic  effectiveness than was once believed, but also a much greater spectrum of action. Indeed, many  are effective against viruses, which is not the case for pharmaceutical antibiotics. In addition,  their side effects – if they even have any – tend to be benign, and the plants do not prompt germs  to develop resistance against them. 

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FOOD PRODUCTION | AGRICULTURE 

How India’s ‘Mango Man’ Grew a Tree With 300 Flavors 

Kalimullah Khan was inspired by a crossbred rose bush. 

By Kalpana Sunder 

IT IS A MANGO TREE like no other. Standing tall in a nursery near Lucknow, the  capital of Uttar Pradesh, its massive canopy is large enough to seat 15 people for a picnic and its  branches hang heavy with fruit. Unlike the young trees it towers over, though, the texture of the leaves on each branch is different: Some are dull green or olive green; others are glossy and  vibrant. The mangoes on each branch look different too: round, oval, or kidney shaped, some  green, some yellow, and others with hues of orange, pink, and purple. That’s because this  magical mango tree grows more than 300 varieties. 

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