October 25, 2016 at 2:13 pm #6523
There are some people in our community who have strong feelings about manioc and the amount of assistance money that goes into preserving this as a staple food in many places in the world. I wonder if anyone might have an opinion on this…October 28, 2016 at 6:28 pm #6604
Not only is it being preserved where it shouldn’t be, but it is being actively PROMOTED in areas it hasn’t already invadedOctober 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm #6605
Manioc is French for cassavaJune 1, 2017 at 6:23 pm #6930
Merry, is there any update from your field research?June 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm #6942
Not sure, but I do have an aversion to rutabaga.June 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm #6947
I agree . Manioc is a menace .June 9, 2017 at 1:01 am #6957
An update on the manioc is evil front.
I’m doing some research on kwashiorkor malnutrition. It seems to be found more commonly in areas where people depend on cassava with little animal protein to go with it.
What I found is that children with early signs of kwashiorkor or in households that have had a recent case of kwashiorkor, they are eating the same amount of calories as their neighbors who don’t have any kwashiorkor, but they are getting way less of sulfur amino acids. Cassava has compounds that become cyanide in the gut and then it takes sulfur from the sulfur amino acids to detoxify it. So if you are barely getting enough sulfur amino acids and then you eat cyanide, you’re going to have a shortage. Kids associated with kwash are also more likely to have been ill recently which would also increase the amount of sulfur amino acids they’d need to eat. So now we’re looking for money to do some interventions to reduce incidence of kwashiorkor. Anybody have any extra money they want to put towards this?June 12, 2017 at 2:27 pm #6979
Have you spoken to anyone at OFDA about this? Or maybe DfID?
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