Increasing evidence Indigenous African Foods and Herbals can effectively substitute Pharmaceutical Molecules without the side effects of Big Pharma medications

The month of November 2023 manifested and is quickly fading away to usher in the month of festivities; the month of December. How fast time flies!

This month we focus on the increasing role of Indigenous Foods and Food Systems and their critical role as alternative treatments and therapies for various ailments, including non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

This month’s article builds upon last month’s article which highlighted the failure of genetically modified seeds as a sustainable socio-economic and food safety solution. The experience of the failure of Bt. Cotton in India https://organicconsumersalliance.org/our-blog/194-indigenous-african-seeds-can-feed-the-world-sustainably-not-roundup-weed-killer-tainted-gmos-new-evidence-from-india-shows-gmos-are-failing.html was featured and alternative solutions presented including the mainstreaming of Indigenous African seeds and related regenerative-agroecological farming and food production systems.

Indigenous African Seeds are not only a potential means to sustainable and resilient food security (and sovereignty) but also a source of medicinal molecules for a myriad of disease conditions, including as a mitigation strategy to the rising burden of NCDs.

  • The recent Indigenous Foods and Food Systems Expo, held from 22rd to 24t of November, 2023, at Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization(KARLO), Muguga, heighted among other things, the need for more research on the role of indigenous foods and food systems in traditional and other herbal based medicines to substitute the current Big Pharm based medications.

  • Find here a pictorial cross section of the Indigenous Foods and Food Systems Expo, held from 22rd to 24t of November, 2023, at Kenya Agricultural Research and Livestock Organization(KARLO), Muguga….
  • To demonstrate the medicinal potential of indigenous foods and their products as effective medicinal products, here are a couple of videos, including one from Dr. Axe, a renown holistic and functional medicine practitioner, on how natural/herbal products can be used to effectively treat and manage peptic ulcers.

  • And this one, on the healing power of leave products, from this gentleman, with an African-Caribbean ascent:

  • As next steps and way forward, more Afrocentric research is needed to ascertain and validate the enormous potential of Indigenous African plants and their products as part of the healing combo for safe and effective treatments, as replacements to the Big Pharm medicines: Many of these synthetic molecules are increasingly unaffordable and riddled with many side effects.
  • For those of us at the forefront of mainstreaming and advocating for a return to Afrocentric medicines, Africa and African plant (and animal) resources provide a rich research resource.
  • Towards that end, working with various stakeholders, including the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa(AFSA), we recently launched the Book, My Food is African.

This book can be downloaded for free, here: https://afsafrica.org/my-food-is-african-healthy-soil-safe-foods-and-diverse-diets/

Thank you. Asante sana!