Easy to make, low cost, nutritionally rich

Two thousand million people are malnourished – they have a diet that is insufficiently diverse, being based almost entirely on seeds of cereals and local pulses with precious little of animal products, green vegetables and fruit.  These diets, even when they reach or surpass the 2,200 calories theoretically required for survival are deficient in essential amino-acids, vitamins and minerals.

Simple biology reveals that plant-based foods will always be more plentiful than animal-based foods.  However, humans are not herbivores. We can’t digest the fibre in leaves.

We have the solution!

Make the rich components of green leaves available to humans as a concentrated extract after separating it from the fibre in the leaves and stalks of green vegetables.  This process, known as leaf fractionation, produces three products – when all three are used, leaf fractionation can be more productive, in terms of edible protein per hectare of land, than any other known agricultural method.

Since 1994, APEF has been helping to establish the nutritional value of leaf concentrate (LC) made from alfalfa in France by France-Luzerne.  We have undertaken numerous studies, concentrating principally on changes in height, weight, haemoglobin level and general condition, in order to examine the effects of supplementing the normal, existing diets of children, their mothers, the sick and the aged.  All the results agree:

For the mothers:

  • Higher birth-weight for their children
  • An increased quantity of breast milk

For the children :

  • Easing of the delicate period of weaning
  • Appetite returns, weight increases
  • Speeding up of growth
  • Reduction or disappearance of diarrhoea in a week or two
  • Effectiveness against marasmus and kwashiorkor
  • Better response to education

For all recipients :

  • Regression or elimination of anaemia in 3 months in more than 70% of cases,
  • Diminished incidence and duration of ailments associated with malnutrition (infections of the upper respiratory system, the skin and eyes)
  • Rapid improvement in several aspects of the blood picture, especially in the levels of haemoglobin (Iron) and of retinol (Vitamin A)
  • Better resistance to infections, e.g. Noma in children
  • Improved general condition in cases of serious infections : tuberculosis, AIDS, etc