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close this bookAmaranth to Zai Holes, Ideas for Growing Food under Difficult Conditions (ECHO; 1996; 397 pages)
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Open this folder and view contents1: Basics of agricultural development
Open this folder and view contents2: Vegetables and small fruits in the tropics
Open this folder and view contents3: Staple crops
Open this folder and view contents4: Multipurpose trees
Open this folder and view contents5: Farming systems and gardening techniques
Open this folder and view contents6: Soil health and plant nutrition
Open this folder and view contents7: Water resources
Open this folder and view contents8: Plant protection and pest control
Open this folder and view contents9: Domestic animals
Open this folder and view contents10: Food science
Open this folder and view contents11: Human health care
Open this folder and view contents12: Seeds and germplasm
Open this folder and view contents13: Energy and technologies
Open this folder and view contents14: From farm to market
Open this folder and view contents15: Training and missionary resources
Open this folder and view contents16: Oils
Open this folder and view contents17: Above-ground (urban) gardens
View the document18: What is ECHO?
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Open this folder and view contentsECHO development notes - issue 52
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Open this folder and view contents28 additional technical notes about tropical agriculture
Open this folder and view contentsPrinciples of agroforestry
close this folderGood nutrition on the small farm
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View the documentWhat is a balanced diet?
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View the documentNutrients in foods
View the documentRecommended daily allowances
View the documentFive natural food groups
View the documentBalancing the diet with the five food groups
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When milk is missing

Milk and dairy products furnish good quantities of calcium, vitamin A, B vitamins, and protein to the diet. Milk is practically a complete food, especially for children. Fortunately, there is some overlapping in the nutrient contents of foods, and therefore, when milk and its products are not available, substitution is possible. The best food to substitute would be dark green leafy vegetables, especially chaya, moringa, cassava leaves, katuk, Pacific spinach (Abelmoschus), celosia and amaranth. Also useful are increased amounts of green pods, especially of legumes, soy milk (can be made at home), shellfish, and fish in general.

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