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INDIA: FOUR EXAMPLES OF MANGO MADNESS & EUPHORIA...THE SIGHTS AND SMELLS OF MANGO

Tired of the usual aamras and aam panna, DNA invited herself into thekitchens of four communities for variety. A Tam-Brahm tradition
Given the things the sight and smell of the mango can do to someone, calling it the king of fruits seems too simplistic an epithet. If you had seen the way it makes two septuagenarians squeal, moan and hop around their kitchen, you’d feel compelled to do more justice to the fruit — may be call it the Endorphin Inducer or a Trampoline for the Senses (we warned you it does funny things to one’s head).
http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report_four-communities-and-thier-unusual-mango-recipes_1543294


NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) MAY BE IN A LITTLE "HOT WATER" OF THEIR OWN MAKING

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


May 14, 2011




This is the story that will not go away.


The more the IMO investigates, the more it appears that the National Mango Board may indeed be guilty of deceptive promotion.


Hot water treated fruit becomes pasteurized when cooked at 117 degrees Fereinheit for as much as 90 minutes. (Actually, Pasteurization takes place at 107 degrees and with as little as 30 minutes perhaps less.)


The IMO intends to commission independent research to confirm these statements. It appears to be common knowledge among scientists.


While all products react differently, some things are consistent. It seems that enzymes are the first to go.


This is what pasteurization does to milk:


Pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants,…

NOT ALL MANGOES SOLD IN THE USA ARE EQUAL: THEY ALL START OUT THE SAME, BUT SOME ARE DEFILED ON THEIR WAY TO MARKET

The IMO has promised to conduct scientific analysis later on this summer to prove that mangoes in the market place in the USA are not the same.
In addition, the IMO intends to scientifically analyze at independent third parties the nutritional make-up of three sets of mangoes.
The search for the lab and the neutral methodology must be established to remain absolutely objective.
One obvious source, if they will partyicipate, is the Food and Drug administration.
Since HWT mangoes are Pasteurized, they become a food product in theory.
This process will be very educational.
Here are some starting points:

LOOKING INSIDE AN IMPORTED MANGO WILL OPEN UP A "PANDORAS BOX"

When purchasing mangos, look for those that have been organically-grown. 


It is especially important to seek out organically-grown items when dealing with tropical fruits.


 Although they are forbidden in America and Europe, poisons, such as DDT, are still in use in Third World countries.


By importing food from these countries, we can get this poison back onto our tables. 


We also have to keep in mind that many people in Third World countries cannot read, and therefore many do not adhere to the safety instructions on the labels of artificial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. 


Every year, many people in underdeveloped countries die of exposure to farming chemicals.




You may eat mangos by themsleves, or mix them with papayas and pineapples for a delicious fruit salad, or juice them along with such fruits as kiwis and pineapples.


 Frozen chunks of mangos may be put through a Champion juicer to create mango ice cream. 


Dried mangos are also delicious. 


You can also soak dried mangos overnight…

HOW MUCH OF MANGO'S NUTRITIONAL VALUE IS DESTROYED BY HOT WATER TREATMENT ?

Mangos are packed with powerful and healthy nutrients. 
They are also soothing to the intestines, and easy to digest.
 So, if you have stomach problems or indigestion, try a mango. 
Mangos contain a lot of vitamin C and P, in combination with calcium. 
In India, mangos are used to stop bleeding, to strengthen the heart, and to benefit the brain.
Because of their high content of iron, mangos help build the blood, and can help people suffering from anemia, and are beneficial for women during pregnancy and menstruation. 
The potassium and magnesium content of mangos may help to relax muscle cramps, and fight acidosis.
 The potassium content of mangos also makes them ideal for those experiencing heart problems.
Mangos also contain a lot of vitamin A, B3, B5, B6, and E. 
Vitamin A, or beta-caroten, protects the skin, and the mucus membranes, helps the eyes, and stimulates the metabolism. 
Mangos are one of the richest natural sources of beta-caroten. 
Beta-caroten is a very effective and powerful ant…

FOCUS ON BRAZIL'S BOOMING ECONOMY: THINGS ARE BETTER IN BRAZIL !

Here at Pathfinder, we like the big picture in Brazil.


 Just look at these facts:

Brazil is energy-independent. 
Petrobras just announced another 350 million barrel find of high-quality crude, in a field that contains as much as 80 billion barrels of oil. 
Brazil is #12 in the world for oil production. 
Brazil is also one of the top ethanol producers, including sugarcane ethanol to fuel cars. Around 90% of new cars made in Brazil in 2010 were flex-fuel, able to run on any mix of gasoline or ethanol.
 Meanwhile, 80% of the country's electricity comes from renewable sources (mainly hydropower).

It's rich in mineral reserves...including iron ore, bauxite, tin and copper. 
It has huge reserves of fresh water...12% of the world's reserves, in fact.
 It has vast tracts of agricultural land...and 25% more untapped agricultural land than the entire crop acreage of the US. 
It produces 80% of the world's orange juice, and is the top soy bean exporter.

Brazil's strong manufacturing …

LEGAL STAFF ON "RED ALERT" AT THE NMB

By Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California
May 14, 2011

The National Mango Board (NMB) is on full "lock down" and panic has set in as charges made by the IMO have the NMB running scared.
Board members have been advised to cease communication with the IMO.
In addition, several members have blocked IMO emails.
A "circling of the wagons" has begun at the NMB.
The root cause of the paranoia at the NMB are the questioning by the IMO if Hot Water Treatment (HWT) mangoes have any scientific or nutritional value ?
The fact that HWT destroys enzymes (a critical element in all foods) has already been established by the scientific community. 
This summer, the IMO will conduct third party scientific analysis of Hot Water treated mangoes versus Irradiated fruit and Tree ripened untreated mangoes.
The study will conduct a complete assay of a mango subjected to one of the three control settings.
If the outcome is as the IMO suspects, The NMB coul…

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FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION INVESTIGATING CONTAINER DERIVATIVE BUSINESS

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:47:24 AM
FMC to look at container swaps




The U.S. Federal Maritime Commission has created a working group that will research and analyze issues arising from the use of container freight rate indices in service contracts and index-based derivative transactions.
"Index-based ocean freight rates and derivatives have potential to be useful tools for shippers, intermediaries and ocean carriers to increase rate certainty and manage risk," said Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky Jr.
"It’s important that market participants have flexibility in structuring rates and hedging strategies. At the same time, I want to explore whether modest, common-sense standards are needed to ensure participants have adequate information and avoid manipulation."


Lidinsky
Lidinsky's chief of staff, Lowry Crook, will chair the working group that will advise Lidinsky and the four other commissioners.
The FMC has "started to see a handful of s…

DUBAI PORT OPERATOR RELEASES EARNINGS IN ANTICIPATION OF PUBLIC OFFERING TO INCREASE WORKING CAPITAL

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 5/11/2011 9:51:27 AM

DP World 1st quarter volume up 8.5%

Dubai-based terminal operator DP World said Wednesday it handled 6.8 million TEUs in the first quarter of 2011, 8.5 percent growth year-on-year.
The volume figures represent DP World’s full or partial stakes in the 49 global terminals in which it operates.
 The company also said it is pressing forward with plans for a public listing on the London stock exchange in late May or early June. 
The listing will release shares worth roughly 20 percent of the company’s value.

MAERSK ASPIRES TO DOUBLE CAPACITY IN INDIA PORT COMPLEX OF NHAVA SHEVA

Source: American Shipper+ Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:35:13 AM
APMT cleared to bid on new Nhava Sheva terminal

An India Supreme Court decision has paved the way for terminal operator APM Terminals to bid on a new container terminal development in the Nhava Sheva port complex, India’s largest container gateway.

According to a report Thursday by Indian business newspaper Mint, APMT and fellow operator PSA International had petitioned the high court to re-examine a statute that prevents existing terminal operators from bidding on second facilities in a particular port.
 APMT, which operates one of three terminals in Nhava Sheva (a joint venture with state-owned Container Corp. of India) wants to bid on a fourth terminal. PSA, meanwhile, wants to bid on a second terminal in the southern port of Tuticorin, where it operates the existing terminal.
The court decided to allow APMT to bid on the fourth Nhava Sheva terminal, but will not allow PSA to bid on the second Tuticorin terminal on the ba…

PORT OF LONG BEACH CONTAINER VOLUME INCREASES IN APRIL

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:34:12 AM Long Beach box volume rises 15% in April   April container throughput at the two Southern California ports rose 6.3 percent over the same month in 2010, helped by 14.6 percent growth at the Port of Long Beach.

   The ports handled 1.14 million TEUs in the month. For the year, volume is 4.3 million TEUs at the two ports, with Los Angeles recording 8.5 percent growth and Long Beach 7.3 up percent.

   Long Beach saw April volume swell to 531,090 TEUs, including 13.5 percent in imports, to 270,107 TEUs.

   Los Angeles total volume grew 3.7 percent to 617,272 TEUs, with import volume rising 3.4 percent to 312,359 TEUs.

MAERSK CONTINUES GROWTH IN PERU PORT SYSTEM

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 5/13/2011 9:36:20 AM APM Terminals signs Peru port deal
   APM Terminals has entered into a 30-year concession contract for the development and operation of Terminal Muelle Nore at the Port of Callao, Peru.
   The deal was signed Thursday by Peru's President Alan Garcia and representatives of APMT and local partner Central Portuária S.A.C. in the Presidential Palace in Peru’s Capital City of Lima.

   “Our vision is to transform Terminal Muelle Norte into a powerful economic generator for the people of Peru and to develop a world-class full-service port and infrastructure on the West Coast of South America,” said Henrik Lundgaard Pedersen, APMT's vice president for business development, Americas.

   On April 1 the Peru government named APM Terminals Callao the winning bidder in a process that also attracted submissions from Hutchison Port Holdings. Terms of the concession include the investment of $749 million to update and expand the ex…