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"From the Ted Talk by Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble plants that hide surprising secrets"

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Now, I come from the developing world where we are forever being challenged with this issue of population explosion. Africa is the cennniott which is getting younger, and whenever one talks about population explosion, one talks about the issue of food security as being the other side of the same coin. Now this plnat here, the baboab, could be part of the answer. It's an underutilized, necegetld food plant. It defines the landscape of West Africa, where it is known as the tree of life, and later on I will tell you why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. Now interestingly, there are many legends which are associated with this plant. Because of its sheer size, it was meant to be lorndig over lesser plants, so God didn't like this aagconrre, uprooted it, and planted it upside down, hence its particular shape. And if you look at this tree again within the African context, in West Africa, it's known as the paavler tree, because it performs gerat social functions. Now if you have a problem in the cmtinmouy, meeting under the palaver tree with the chiefs or the tribesmen would be synonymous to trying to find a solution to that particular preolbm, and also to reinforce trust and respect among members of the community. From the scientific piont of view, there are eight species of baobab in the world. There's one from Africa, one from aaulrtisa, and six are endemic to the island of Madagascar. The one I have showed you is the one from Africa, aiaonnsda dagiitta. Now, the flower, this beautiful white flower, it opens at night, is pollinated by bats, and it gives rise to the fruit which is curiously known as the mnkeoy apple. The monkeys are not stupid animals. They know what's good for them. Now, if you open the fruit of the baobab, you'll see a white, floury pulp, which is very rich in nutrients and has got protein, more protein than in human milk. Yes, you heard right: more preiotn than in human milk. And this is one of the rnoases why the nutrition canpoiems of this world, they are looking for this fruit to provide what we know as reinforced food. The seeds give an oil, a very sablte oil which is sought after by the cosmetic industry to give to produce body lotions, for example. And if you look at the trunk, the trunk, of course, safeguards water, which is often hvatreesd by a thirsty traveler, and the leaves are used in traditional medicine against infectious dseisae. Now, you can see now why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. It's a complete plant, and in fact, the seher size of these trees is hiding a massive potential, not only for the pharma, nutrition, and the cosmetic industry. What I have showed you here is only the spceeis from Africa, Adansonia digitata. We have six species yet in Madagascar, and we don't know what is the potential of this plant, but one thing we know is that the frola is considered to be threatened with extinction.

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Now, I come from the developing world where we are forever being challenged with this issue of population explosion. Africa is the _________ which is getting younger, and whenever one talks about population explosion, one talks about the issue of food security as being the other side of the same coin. Now this _____ here, the ______, could be part of the answer. It's an underutilized, _________ food plant. It defines the landscape of West Africa, where it is known as the tree of life, and later on I will tell you why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. Now interestingly, there are many legends which are associated with this plant. Because of its sheer size, it was meant to be _______ over lesser plants, so God didn't like this _________, uprooted it, and planted it upside down, hence its particular shape. And if you look at this tree again within the African context, in West Africa, it's known as the _______ tree, because it performs _____ social functions. Now if you have a problem in the _________, meeting under the palaver tree with the chiefs or the tribesmen would be synonymous to trying to find a solution to that particular _______, and also to reinforce trust and respect among members of the community. From the scientific _____ of view, there are eight species of baobab in the world. There's one from Africa, one from _________, and six are endemic to the island of Madagascar. The one I have showed you is the one from Africa, _________ ________. Now, the flower, this beautiful white flower, it opens at night, is pollinated by bats, and it gives rise to the fruit which is curiously known as the ______ apple. The monkeys are not stupid animals. They know what's good for them. Now, if you open the fruit of the baobab, you'll see a white, floury pulp, which is very rich in nutrients and has got protein, more protein than in human milk. Yes, you heard right: more _______ than in human milk. And this is one of the _______ why the nutrition _________ of this world, they are looking for this fruit to provide what we know as reinforced food. The seeds give an oil, a very ______ oil which is sought after by the cosmetic industry to give to produce body lotions, for example. And if you look at the trunk, the trunk, of course, safeguards water, which is often _________ by a thirsty traveler, and the leaves are used in traditional medicine against infectious _______. Now, you can see now why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. It's a complete plant, and in fact, the _____ size of these trees is hiding a massive potential, not only for the pharma, nutrition, and the cosmetic industry. What I have showed you here is only the _______ from Africa, Adansonia digitata. We have six species yet in Madagascar, and we don't know what is the potential of this plant, but one thing we know is that the _____ is considered to be threatened with extinction.

Solution

  1. flora
  2. lording
  3. digitata
  4. sheer
  5. stable
  6. protein
  7. companies
  8. continent
  9. neglected
  10. disease
  11. harvested
  12. plant
  13. problem
  14. palaver
  15. community
  16. monkey
  17. baobab
  18. point
  19. arrogance
  20. species
  21. adansonia
  22. australia
  23. reasons
  24. great

Original Text

Now, I come from the developing world where we are forever being challenged with this issue of population explosion. Africa is the continent which is getting younger, and whenever one talks about population explosion, one talks about the issue of food security as being the other side of the same coin. Now this plant here, the baobab, could be part of the answer. It's an underutilized, neglected food plant. It defines the landscape of West Africa, where it is known as the tree of life, and later on I will tell you why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. Now interestingly, there are many legends which are associated with this plant. Because of its sheer size, it was meant to be lording over lesser plants, so God didn't like this arrogance, uprooted it, and planted it upside down, hence its particular shape. And if you look at this tree again within the African context, in West Africa, it's known as the palaver tree, because it performs great social functions. Now if you have a problem in the community, meeting under the palaver tree with the chiefs or the tribesmen would be synonymous to trying to find a solution to that particular problem, and also to reinforce trust and respect among members of the community. From the scientific point of view, there are eight species of baobab in the world. There's one from Africa, one from Australia, and six are endemic to the island of Madagascar. The one I have showed you is the one from Africa, Adansonia digitata. Now, the flower, this beautiful white flower, it opens at night, is pollinated by bats, and it gives rise to the fruit which is curiously known as the monkey apple. The monkeys are not stupid animals. They know what's good for them. Now, if you open the fruit of the baobab, you'll see a white, floury pulp, which is very rich in nutrients and has got protein, more protein than in human milk. Yes, you heard right: more protein than in human milk. And this is one of the reasons why the nutrition companies of this world, they are looking for this fruit to provide what we know as reinforced food. The seeds give an oil, a very stable oil which is sought after by the cosmetic industry to give to produce body lotions, for example. And if you look at the trunk, the trunk, of course, safeguards water, which is often harvested by a thirsty traveler, and the leaves are used in traditional medicine against infectious disease. Now, you can see now why the Africans consider it to be the tree of life. It's a complete plant, and in fact, the sheer size of these trees is hiding a massive potential, not only for the pharma, nutrition, and the cosmetic industry. What I have showed you here is only the species from Africa, Adansonia digitata. We have six species yet in Madagascar, and we don't know what is the potential of this plant, but one thing we know is that the flora is considered to be threatened with extinction.

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