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SHIPPING LINES : LONG TERM CONTRACTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Source: American Shipper     Date Posted: 4/12/2011 10:38:47 AM Long-term contracts in the spotlight

   Industry discussion about the concept of long-term rate agreements within ocean freight service contracts is heating up.


   In the last month, speakers at two of the world’s biggest liner shipping conferences have suggested that carriers and their shipper customers engage in long-term contracts to even out the inherent volatility in ocean freight rates.


At the Journal of Commerce-organized TPM conference in Long Beach last month, Eric Brandt, manager of global ocean transportation for Kraft Foods, described how his company is looking to contracts as long as five years to bring stability to its ocean procurement costs while also enhancing loyalty and service levels.


Brandt   Brandt talked about Kraft’s strategy in the January issue of American Shipper.
   Then last week at Containerisation International’s Global Liner Shipping conference in London, CMA CGM Senior Vice President Nicolas Sar…

U.S.D.A. TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST CHILD LABOR IN THE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN FROM OFF SHORE

IMO NOTE : Still think Social Responsibility will never fly in the USA ? Source ; USDA & Federal RegisterUSDA studies child labor in food supply chain
   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service has formed a consultative group of government and industry officials to develop means to identify and reduce child labor used to process agricultural products imported into the United States.

   The launch of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products is required by the 2008 Food, Conservation, and Energy Act. 
USDA is also required to release guidelines for a voluntary initiative to help entities address issues raised by the 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

INTELLEFLEX : THE FUTURE OF RFID FOR FRESH PRODUCE

Source: Food Safety NewsSCIENCE & RESEARCHRFID Knows Where a Product Is and What It's DoingBY ERIC BURKETT | APR 11, 2011 Pretend you're an inspector for the Hawaiian Department of Agriculture and you've just arrived to examine several pallets full of produce -- fresh mangoes, for example. 
You know that the ideal temperature for transporting mangoes,, is 50° F. You also know these mangoes have been sitting in a Honolulu warehouse for at least six hours since it was unloaded from the plane. 
While it is February, this being Hawaii, the temperature has been hovering around a pleasant 73° for much of the day.

U.N. PROPOSAL FOR MOTHER EARTH : WHERE DOES IT ALL END ?

IMO NOTE : In a world trying to define what exactly terms such as Sustainability and Social Responsibility mean; are farming concerns responsible ? At what point do the markets guarantee a fair rate of return to the risk taker ? Who shares the risk with the risk taker ?
UNITED NATIONS — Bolivia will this month table a draft United Nations treaty giving "Mother Earth" the same rights as humans — having just passed a domestic law that does the same for bugs, trees and all other natural things in the South American country.
The bid aims to have the UN recognize the Earth as a living entity that humans have sought to "dominate and exploit" — to the point that the "well-being and existence of many beings" is now threatened.
The wording may yet evolve, but the general structure is meant to mirror Bolivia's Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which Bolivian President Evo Morales enacted in January.
That document speaks of the country's natural resources as &q…

IMO COOPERATION : SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIPS

Symbiotic relationship Definition
A symbiotic relationship is a relationship between two entities which is mutually beneficial for the participants of the relationship. 
Thus there is a positive-sum gain from cooperation. 
This is a term commonly used in biology to explain the relationship between two entities that need each other to survive and prosper. 
The bumblebee and the flower would be an example.
 The bumble bee extracts the flower's pollen for protein and its nectar for energy. 
The bumblebee, while collecting these sources, inadvertently brushes pollen from one flower to another to ensure the flower's reproduction process begins.
 The bumblebee needs the flower to survive, the flower needs the bumblebee to survive. 
These are positive sum relationships.

COOL & UNUSUAL : GREAT MANGO RECIPES

Recipes Canyon Ranch's Avocado-Mango Tartare Recipe By Riki Altman, Tue., Apr. 12 2011 @ 12:05PM Categories: Recipes

DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA : MANGO IN THE LOCAL PAPER

Source : Del Mar Times Newspaper By Catharine L. Kaufman
Contributor Catharine L. Kaufman Their sweet, aromatic scent will draw you into the produce aisle.


 There, mounds of golden beauties invite you to take them home, slice them open, and sink your teeth into the sweet, juicy flesh, beads of heavenly nectar dripping down your chin. 


Ahh, the ambrosia of the fruit kingdom – the heady mango! Here’s a primer on this tropical treat with a quiz at the end.

PHILIPPINES : ZIMBALES MANGO FESTIVAL KICKS OFF

Source : Written by : People's Journal
ZAMBALES  Gov.  Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. recently opened the 12th annual  Zambales Mango Festival aimed at promoting what is considered as the sweetest  mango  in the world.
Guest of honor was Sen. Francisco Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food.

The four-day festival kicked off on Thursday with a blare of drums and gongs as festivalparticipants decked in mango-themed outfits joined a colorful parade that snaked its way in the streets of Iba town before ending at the Capitol grounds where the opening rites were held.

THE ROLE OF THE BLOGGER IN TODAYS WORLD

IMO NOTE : The recent post from The Packer Newspaper got the IMO to thinking about the nuances of Blogging. This excerpt is from the Bloggers right website. While the IMO always tries to list a source, sometimes mistakes will happen. The beauty of a Blog is that we can and always will correct as soon as physically possible.


Source: www.eff.org

The Bloggers' FAQ on the Reporter's Privilege is useful to bloggers
who report news gathered from confidential sources
.
Are bloggers journalists?


Sometimes. 
While this question is often asked in the mainstream media and on blogs, it does not frame the debate very well.
 You can use blogging software for journalism, and many bloggers do. 
But you can also use blogging software for other purposes.
 What makes a journalist a journalist is whether she is gathering news for dissemination to the public, not the method or medium she uses to publish.
 So the better way to frame the debate is: Can journalists blog?

Can journalists blog?


Of course! 
If you a…

VIEWERS COMMENT : GREG JOHNSON (EDITOR, THE PACKER NEWSPAPER)

IMO NOTE : The IMO did list the source as the Packer Newspaper. However, the IMO apologizes profusely for omitting the authors name. The correction was made within minutes of having it pointed out to us.

Will,
 We at The Packer see these emails and read some of the links, so thanks for sending it.
 Also, feel free to use our stories. 
However, we must insist you give proper credit to both The Packer and the author's name.
 The one you used below on the USA / Mexico border tour was written by our news editor Chris Koger, and I see he gets no credit on your link.
Thanks for seeing that this is done.
Greg Johnson Editor The Packer

UPDATE FROM BRAZIL : RICHARD AVERY (ABSOLUTE FINEST)

Hi Will;
Just a quick update in terms of mangoes from Brazil.
  Prices internally are very high and the biggest producers are not wanting to export at the moment .
  This potentially could cause sharp price increases in the European market,  as Ivory Coast isn’t exporting either.
  It's not clear to as whether the full seasons fruit will leave on one boat because of the on going war in the Ivory Coast.
Prices here in Brazil, are the highest they have been internally ever and this is why growers are not wanting to export as there is no risk here in terms of product and returns.
Just an update on how the season is here at the moment.



Regards
Richard Avery Absolute Finest Produce Brazil

USA MANGO IMPORTS : THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International mango Organization (IMO)
Vista , California


April 12, 2011


SOURCE : USDA IMPORT DATA


The say that the numbers never lie.


A year to year comparison (2010  versus. 2011) for the period of January 1 through April 15 shows some very astounding data.


The story they tell reminds me of a Clint Eastwood movie:

FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: GROWING SMART (QUALITY VRS. QUANTITY)

Feeding The World: It’s Not About Quantity By Danielle Nierenberg & Mara Schecter 12 April, 2011
YES! Magazine
The resilience of our food supply is as much about the quality and diversity of our food sources as it is about how much we produce
Today’s sky-rocketing food prices are pushing more people into poverty, threatening the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, and raising concerns about global food security. 
At first glance, the problem seems to be one of quantity; high prices at the grocery store and local market appear to provide justification for large-scale, industrial food production. 
But, food security (the resilience of our food supply) is as much about the quality and diversity of our food sources as it is about how much food we produce.

THE RAW FOOD MOVEMENT (F.A.Q.S)

SOURCE : http://www.living-foods.com/index.shtml


IMO NOTE : A new angle on the HWT debate....


The Living and Raw Foods F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)
The Living and Raw Foods discussed in this web site includes all plant based (vegetarian/vegan) foods.
What are Living and Raw Foods?
Raw and Living Foods are foods that contain enzymes. In general, the act of heating  food over 116  degrees F destroys enzymes in food. (Enzymes start to degrade in as little as 106 degrees F).

 All cooked food is devoid of enzymes, furthermore cooking food changes the molecular structure of the food and renders it toxic.  Living and raw foods also have enormously higher nutrient values than the foods that have been cooked.

DEBATE : HWT MANGOS ARE NOT CONSIDERED " RAW" !!!!

All Mangoes may not be raw!
Did you know that imported mangoes must be hot water treated and may not be considered raw? 
 Read the USDA APHIS hot water treatment guidelines.
Almost all imported mangoes must be hot water treated to kill pests (fruit fly) which also is known to diminish the aroma, affect the flavor and cause a pasty flesh as well as shriveling..  Yes.. They must hot water treat organic-imported mangoes as well.
The guidelines state that hot water treatment is at a minimum of 115 F. degrees.  
Other sources online state that the temperature should be about 122 degrees F. 
 Treatments can last for as long as 90 minutes!!   
Of course, this is the external surface of the fruit, does the inside of the fruit really heat up that much? 
 I hope not.  
But at least be aware this is what is happening to all imported mangoes. 

CALIFORNIA GOLD : KEITT MANGOS FROM COACHELLA VALLEY

My Favorite Mango - The California Green Keitt Mango - Also known as my breakfast...
by John Kohler



October is here, and while many raw foodists are waving good-bye to the fabulous summer fruits that just are out of season..


 I will miss fond memories of purple mulberry juice running down my chin and Indian red peach juice staining my teeth... 


There are new "in-season" fruits that are just appearing.. persimmons, apples, pears, grapes, and citrus soon to be here..  


Although one really delicious in-season fruit often overlooked:  The Mango...  The number one consumed fruit in the world.





It is October in California, and we are in the middle of the California-Grown Mango Season.  


Yes, mangoes do grow in some parts of California!  The region they are grown commercially is the Coachella Valley  which is just over 90 miles to the border of Mexico. 


 In the desert-like conditions, the Keitts were selected after trials of 50 varieties for commercial viability.  


There are two major com…