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FAIRFOOD BEGINS 6X6X6 TREK ACROSS NORTH AMERICA FOR SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES IN AGRICULTURE

From the 17th of April until the 16th of May they will tour the exciting world of sustainable initiatives within North America.  In cooperation with Getaway Travel and the 5 charities one Men, Hivos, Stop Aids Now, Solidaridad and EEN, Fairfood International is organising a unique online fundraising project called 6x6x6.  The 6x6x6 concept is really simple: 6 teams travel to 6 different continents, each supporting one of the 6 charities mentioned above.  Although the campaign is in Dutch we will do our best to keep you posted on the latest developments of Fairfood's team through our blogs so everyone can follow and support them. So, you can get started right away!

EURO CROP PROTECTION AGENCY: STAY FOCUSED ON BEE DECLINE ISSUE

Published on 19-04-2011 Farmers and bee-keepers cannot allow the pesticides ‘blame-game’ to distract attention and research away from the key causes of bee decline.  This was the key message delivered by Dominic Dyer, chief executive of the Crop Protection Association, at the British Bee Keepers Association 2011 Spring Convention. “Despite the demonisation of pesticides by some campaign groups, there is no evidence to indicate that pesticides, if used correctly, are a key factor behind bee decline,” said Mr Dyer. “Most experts agree that bee decline is down to the Varroa mite and other parasitic diseases combined with the problems associated with habitat loss, colony stress and climate change. Calls for the removal of certain insecticide seed treatments will not improve bee health, but would result in the loss of a very sustainable and environmentally friendly form of crop protection technology that is vital for UK food production.” Mr Dyer highlighted that crop protection plays a vital ro…

TORONTO SUN: WHAT TO DO WITH AN UNRIPE MANGO

Thai mango salad
JILL WILCOX, QMI AGENCY FIRST POSTED: SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011 2:00:00 EDT AM Thai Mango Salad. - MIKE HENSEN/QMI AGENCYIn the realm of Thai food,one of my favourite dishes is the mango salad.

NAINI SETALVAD: INDIAS PREMIER DIET GURU

About Naini Naini Setalvad is a nutritionist, columnist, educator, public speaker, on diet and food research. She also has a research team headed by Riddhi Shah. Naini has spoken to thousands of people throughout India.  She has appeared on TV talk shows, as well as the radio.  Her revolutionary discoveries in the field of good nutrition has earned her the right to speak in prestigious institutes such as Padmashree D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Piramal Research Centre, Reserve Bank of India, Nanavati Hospital, H.R. College and many other such prestigious centres. Naini has experimented on herself with monofasting, and drank only apple juice for a few days and continued her regular activities. Naini's real passion is to spread the ancient wisdom of nutrition and its healing as well as nourishing properties. Naini realised how food affected her life and millions of people today.  She, therefore, wants to share her knowledge and belief that every human being has a right to understand what good foo…

MELISSA CLARK: SYNDICATED NYT FOOD WRITER RECOMMENDS MANGO

IMO NOTE: For some odd reason, Ms. Clark forgets / omits California, Hawaii & Puert Ricos mangos!
When mangoes are in season, add them to chickenBy Melissa Clark
New York Times Posted: 04/23/2011 12:01:00 AM CDT



The best mangoes are starting to come into U.S. markets right now.  Beginning in April and peaking in May and June, mangoes from India, the Caribbean, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico will fill the bins at produce markets.  And Florida mangoes will hit the stores in June. No matter what variety you end up with, the test for a ripe mango is to gently squeeze it.
 It should feel soft and slack beneath the leathery skin but not mushy.
 If the mangoes are firm, put them in a paper bag to ripen more quickly. When cooking with mangoes, I like to keep the recipes simple and the fruit raw; heating mangoes eliminates some of their floral perfume.

INDIA: THE IMPORTANCE OF RAW MANGO IN YOUR DIET

IMO NOTE: HWT Mangos imported to the USA and other countries that follow heat treatments for mango above 107 degrees (F) cannot make this claim.  Mangos that are Hot Water Treated lose the valuable enzyme and the most important part of thier nutritional vale.
From: Deccan Chronicle (India) April 24, 2011 
By Naini Setalvad




As summer arrives it is important to put raw mango on your diet plan.  There is always a reason for nature to give us seasonal fruits.  In the scorching summer, raw mango taken in any form, is one of the best preventives for sunstroke.  It’s high in vitamin C and keeps the summer cold and flu away.  The raw mango increases your immunity levels and is very good for acidity.

TRUCKER STRIKE SNARLS WORLDS BUSIEST CONTAINER PORT

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/21/2011 11:26:23 AM Shanghai port trucker strike snarls cargo   Trucks drivers protested Wednesday at Shanghai’s port complexes over rising fuel prices and fees at the port, according to international and Chinese state media reports.

   Shanghai is the world’s busiest port by container volume.


Its terminals are broken in to two segments -- the in-city river terminals that comprise the Waigaoqiao complex, and a newer, deepwater complex some 20 miles off the coast called Yangshan.


 Protests occurred Wednesday at the Waigaoqiao, with Yangshan targeted for Thursday.

   The protests are part of a three-day action to call attention to how inflation is affecting the port trucking industry. 


Truckers have called for higher rates to offset their increasing operating costs.

   Cargo operations were reportedly affected by the strikes, with some container yards blocked, particularly at the Waigaoqiao terminals.

INDIA - TAIWAN TRAFFIC UP

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 4/20/2011 10:21:15 AM Wan Hai, Evergreen add Taiwan/India loop   Wan Hai, Evergreen Line and Interasia Lines will start a service linking Taiwan and southern India at the end of the month, Evergreen said Tuesday.

   The weekly service, which Evergreen calls the Taiwan-Madras Trunk (TMT) service, will have a rotation of Taichung, Keelung, Hong Kong, Nansha, Shekou, Port Klang, Chennai, Penang, Port Klang, Singapore, Yantian, Hong Kong and Taichung.

   Wan Hai will provide two ships and Evergreen and Interasia one each, with ships on the service averaging 1,300 TEUs in capacity.

   "India enjoys an annual economic growth rate of 8 to 9 percent with the cargo volume increasing from the Far East to India each year," the carriers said in a statement.


 "As the main gate for East India, Chennai has bright future."

   For Evergreen, it’s first-ever call to an East Indian port. The service starts April 29.

SOUTHERN USA PORTS TAKING ON TRAFFIC TOO BIG FOR PANAMA CANAL

Charleston Container Volume Up 12%Press Release Friday, April 22, 2011 Charleston, SC – Container shipping volume through the Port of Charleston increased nearly 12 percent in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, and the state’s breakbulk tonnage increased 48 percent, even as the pace of volume gains has slowed.

In the July to March period, container traffic increased 11.6 percent to 1,033,062 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up from 925,837 TEUs in the same period last year.  March volume alone was 120,265 TEUs, up 5.7 percent from March 2010.

“While the rate of growth is slowing from last year’s initial volume recovery, we are still moving in the right direction,” said Jim Newsome, President & CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA).  “New distribution and manufacturing investments in the state and across the region, as well as export strength, will be felt in the coming months.”

NYT: COST OF FOOD AROUND THE WORLD UP 37% SINCE FEB. 2010

Behind the Rising Cost of Food
By KIM SEVERSON
Published: April 23, 2011
The plate has always been a great fortifier. Soup to heal, stew to comfort, escape delivered in a good piece of chocolate. Multimedia Graphic Paying More for Filling Up













But events both at home and internationally are conspiring to shake the confidence of eaters.

 Global famine, war and disaster are no longer so easy to keep from the table. Let’s consider, for a moment, the chocolate Easter bunny. The price of chocolate has been rising. Hershey’s recently said it had increased the cost of its products by almost 10 percent. The cost of fuel is a culprit, but so are the politics of the Ivory Coast, which supplies more cocoa beans to the word than any other country.

While Laurent Gbagbo tried to hold onto his presidency, his rival cut off export of the cocoa crop, and prices in the United States hit a 32-year high. It’s not just chocolate.

Coffee, that other daily solace, is rising to levels that might finally slow the special…

UPDATE ON AUSTRALIA FRUIT FLY RESPONSE

Fruit fly find sparks eradication schemePosted Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:40am AEST MAP: Port Augusta 5700 An eradication program will be carried out across part of Port Augusta, after a fruit fly outbreak. Biosecurity SA says 15 Mediterranean fruit flies were found between Baluch and Caroona roads in the city's west. A 1.5 kilometre quarantine area has been declared and an eradication program set up. Geoff Raven from Biosecurity SA says the program could stay in place until November. "Clearly this pest can only get into the state via transport, so it's come in a vehicle or a truck or something and we'll keep monitoring our supplementary traps and our permanent tracking grid and hopefully by the middle of November the problem will have resolved," he said.

AUSTRALIA : RAPID RESPONSE TO FRUIT FLY OUTBREAK

Fruit fly eradication team at work in Deni region 29 Mar, 2011 10:21 AM INDUSTRY & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) has established a mobile fruit fly eradication team based at Deniliquin, following the ongoing presence of Queensland fruit fly in the area.

I&I NSW Director Agricultural Compliance, Dr Andrew Sanger, said the team of four casual local employees was carrying out fruit fly eradication work in Deniliquin as well as travelling to the southern Riverina towns of Finley, Jerilderie and Berrigan.



"Although these towns are not in the major fruit and vegetable production area, they are situated just north of this region along the Murray River," he said.



Dr Sanger said I&I NSW was appealing to residents to support the team with its work.

"I&I NSW will be there to help manage the fruit fly outbreak in these towns, but the job is made much more effective when individual property owners take responsibility and look after their own fruit trees," he said.



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MOST POPULAR SEARCH RESULTS FOR MANGO RECIPES ON THE WEB

To be fair to all web sites that offer mango recipes, here are the top results according to google.


Here are the Top 5 recipe sites:


ALL RECIPES:


http://allrecipes.com//Recipes/fruits-and-vegetables/fruits/mangos/Main.aspx


SOUTHERN FOOD:


http://southernfood.about.com/od/mangorecipes/a/mango_recipes.htm


FOOD . COM:


http://www.food.com/recipes/mango


WHAT'S COOKING AMERICA:


http://whatscookingamerica.net/Fruit/MangoRecipes.htm


MANGO RECIPES . NET:


http://www.mangorecipes.net/

ALL RECIPES . COM: TOP 20 MANGO RECIPES

The number one search for mango recipes on the internet revealed the following:


http://allrecipes.com//Recipes/fruits-and-vegetables/fruits/mangos/Top.aspx



Allrecipes Home  >  Recipes  >  Fruits and Vegetables  >  Fruits  >  Mangos recipes Mango : Top 20

NYT: GREEN LOSES APPEAL WHEN POCKET BOOKS ARE TIGHT

Source: New York TimesAs Consumers Cut Spending, ‘Green’ Products Lose Allure
By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and ANDREW MARTIN

When Clorox introduced Green Works, its environment-friendly cleaning line, in 2008, it secured an endorsement from the Sierra Club, a nationwide introduction at Wal-Mart, and it vowed that the products would “move natural cleaning into the mainstream.” Sales that year topped $100 million, and several other major consumer products companies came out with their own “green” cleaning supplies. But America’s eco-consciousness, it turns out, is fickle. As recession gripped the country, the consumer’s love affair with green products, from recycled toilet paper to organic foods to hybrid cars, faded like a bad infatuation. While farmers’ markets and Prius sales are humming along now, household product makers like Clorox just can’t seem to persuade mainstream customers to buy green again. Sales of Green Works have fallen to about $60 million a year, and those of other similar produ…

MANGO'S JOURNEY TO THE PHILIPPINES FROM SRI LANKA

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Community (IMO)
Vista, California


April 23, 2011


It helps to be a historian when doing genetic research.


As part of the background for the epic research project: "Mango & the Galleaon Trade" (The route of the mango to the new world), the author has been doing some digging.


As viewers have seen from previous posts, we have identified the first mango tree from India that was donated to the USDA and in turn planted in Mangonia, Florida by the Reverend Elbridge Gale in modern day Palm Beach County Florida.


This line of research led the author to the Florida State Horticultural Socitey's archives which documented research on mangos at the turn of the century (1900s).


That research in turn referred us to the nacent Bureau of agricultural affairs in the Philippines, which in turn began the IMOs current line of investigation.


Volume 18 of the Philippine Department of Agriculture bulletin published in the late 1920s is a facinating s…

UNITED KINGDOM: A GUIDE TO THE BEST FOOD FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER

A bite-size guide to the best summer food festivals From now until autumn, festivals all over the country offer the chance to sample the finest produce in the British Isles. Source: The Independent Newspaper (U.K.)  Zahra Saeed picks the best Thursday, 7 April 2011

NORMALLARGEEXTRA LARGE Funal fresco: Mussels in Connemara

FOCUS ON RETAIL: 2 USA MARKETS THAT ARE EXPERIENCING GROWTH

Source: Supermearket News
Whole Foods Exemplifies Recovery Leading EdgeApr 18, 2011 1:17 PM, By David Orgel, Editor-in-Chief david.orgel@penton.com
A rising tide may lift all boats, but not equally. The economic recovery is gradually boosting food retailer performance, but some chains are gaining faster than others. One of the biggest beneficiaries is Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market, as reported in SNs analysis of the latest industry half-year data. It was only a couple of years ago that Whole Foods was struggling to find its footing. The chain was hobbled by a high-priced image just as the recession was raging, all of which severely hurt financial performance and the retailers stock price. Today things couldnt be more different.  In the latest two quarters ended January 16, sales rose 14.2% and operating income soared 46.5% as the company's generally more affluent customers realized increased spending power.  These gains, and lifts in identical-store sales, outpaced those of top …