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WHOLE FOODS WILL CHALLENGE SUPERMARKET LEGEND IN LAFAYETTE WITH A 43 YEAR TRACK RECORD

Diablo Foods' Ed Stokes, a Lafayette business icon, gears up for latest challengeContra Costa Times
Posted: 05/18/2011 11:48:20 AM PDT Updated: 05/18/2011 01:51:50 PM PDT


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Ed Stokes, founder of Diablo Foods, has added yet another honor to his list -- he was named...
LAFAYETTE -- On May 18, national chain W

TESCO STORES TO OPEN IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Tesco's Fresh & Easy in Northern California - 2011

Tesco's Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is planning to open its first store in San Francisco, California - at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street in the Outer Richmond District - June 22, 2011, Fresh & Easy Buzz has learned.

We stress "plans" to open because as we regularly note in the blog, new store opening dates are fluid and subject to change at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, as evidenced by numerous past examples.

However, based on our multiple source information about the opening date, we have a high degree of confidence that unless something unforeseen happens between now and about mid-June, the doors to the former Albertsons supermarket and soon to be small-format Fresh & Easy fresh food and grocery store at 32nd Avenue and Clement Street in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District - often referred to as being in the heart of San Francisco's fog belt - will open for business on June …

PAKISTANI & CHINA RELATIONS ARE STRONGER THAN EVER AND TESTED OVER 60 YEARS

Beijing (CNN) -- Watching local customers savor chicken curry and sip mango lassi during lunchtime at his Pakistani restaurant, Mughal's, in the trendy Sanlitun neighborhood of Beijing, owner Aasif Jaleel reflects on the deep ties between China and his homeland beyond the culinary bond.

"I have been traveling to really small and remote places in China," said the 43-year-old Islamabad native who has lived in the Chinese capital for a decade.

 "When people hear you're from Pakistan, they always mention that Pakistan is a lao pengyou -- an old friend."

As the two countries prepare to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations Saturday, Pakistani leaders certainly share such warm feelings toward China, especially in light of the strained Washington-Islamabad ties after the recent killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces inside Pakistan.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/17/china.pakistan.friend/?hpt=Sbin


OZONE ENHANCED MANGOES MAKE THE JOURNEY FROM GUATEMALA TO EUROPE

Gold Label Products has employed the Purfresh Transport system to ship mangoes from Guatemala to Europe A successful shipment of mangoes from Guatemala to Europe has once again demonstrated the qualities of the Purfresh Transport system in maintaining quality and improving produce shelf-life. That is the verdict of leading protection and preservation technology expert Purfresh, which has announced that Guatemalan exporter Gold Label Products adopted its technology when shipping the fruit to the Netherlands and the UK.
http://www.fruitnet.com/content.aspx?cid=10694


NEXT TIME YOU GET A GREEN MANGO AND DON'T KNOW WHA TO DO...TRY THIS RECIPE FROM SAVEUR MAGAZINE

Thai Green Mango Salad (Som Tum Mamuang) This dish is a refreshing adaptation of a more widely known version made with papaya.
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A VISIT TO THAILANDS MOST FAMOUS MARKET BY SAVEUR MAGAZINE

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The casual visitor to Bangkok, Thailand, might get the impression that its residents do nothing but shop for food. 
This metropolis of 6 million people is home to dozens of open-air markets, many of them huge, each of them splendid in its own way. 
I've been going to Thailand since the early 1980s, but it wasn't until a visit last fall that I made a trip to the granddaddy of Bangkok markets, Talaad Thai(31 Moo 9; Phaholyothin Road). Comprising roughly a dozen hangarlike buildings on the city's northern edge, Talaad Thai (whose name simply means Thai Market) feels like a city unto itself.

 As with most markets, distinct sections are dedicated to different foods: one building for meats, another for fish, another for vegetables, and also a section for food stalls where workers can have a meal (and where I ate a delicious green-mango salad, see Thai Green Mango Salad).

http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/City-Within-a-City?cmpid=enews051811

BRAZIL GOVERNMENT WILL FIGHT TO STOP DEFORESTATION

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharplyOfficial satellite images shed a new light on the pace of deforestation Related StoriesRichard Black: Forest CodeAmazon deforestation 'down again'Debt swap protects Brazil forests
Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased by almost six times, new data suggests. New satellite images show deforestation has increased from 103 sq km in March and April 2010 to 593 sq km (229 sq miles) in the same period of 2011, Brazil's space research institute says. Much of the destruction has been in Mato Grosso state, the centre of soya farming in Brazil. The news comes shortly before a vote on new forest protection rules. Brazilian Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira says there is cause for alarm and has announced the setting up of a "crisis cabinet" in response to the news. "Our objective is to reduce deforestation by July," the minister told a news conference.

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COSECHA DE MANGO CUBANO AFECTADA POR ESCASEZ DE LLUVIAS ( NO SERA TECNOLOGIA ? )

Cuba: Escasas lluvias reducen cosecha de mango en Granma

Como resultado de las escasas lluvias reportadas en el presente año, la poca floración de las plantaciones redujo los volúmenes de mango a cosechar en la provincia cubana de Granma.

Tras una exitosa contienda en 2010, la mayor de las dos últimas décadas, con seis mil 110 toneladas acopiadas, en 2011 se planeó una cota inicial de siete mil, pero la situación climática y las trabas asociadas conllevaron, objetivamente, a acortar la meta prevista a cuatro mil 500 toneladas.

Osvaldo Pérez, subdirector comercial de la Empresa de Acopio en el territorio, dijo a la AIN que hasta la fecha solo fueron recogidas 145 toneladas del fruto, pero se trabaja en la cosecha de cantidades importantes para garantizar la producción de los derivados agroindustriales del mango.




http://www.freshplaza.es/news_detail.asp?id=51990



ESCOJE TU VENENO: LAS FRUTAS Y HORTALIZAS CON MAS Y MENOS

Las frutas y vegetales con más y menos pesticidas

Una dieta rica en frutas y vegetales ayuda a prevenir varias enfermedades.

Sin embargo, muchas verduras contienen pesticidas, que son tóxicos. Comer cinco frutas o vegetales diarios contamina tu cuerpo con 10 pesticidas distintos, según la Organización de Trabajo para el Medio Ambiente






Para ayudarte a elegir mejor, conoce cuáles son los que tienen más y menos pesticidas.




Fecha de publicación: 18/05/2011

THE HISTORY OF WORLD TRADE: INDIA IS THE MASTER & THE MOST CRITICAL LINK TO TODAY'S ECONOMIC PUZZLE

The Silk Road links east Asia and western Europe at a time when each has, in its own region, a more sophisticated commercial network than ever before.


The  caravan routes of the Middle East and the shipping lanes of the Mediterranean have provided the world's oldest trading system, ferrying goods to and fro between civilizations from India to Phoenicia. 


Now the Roman dominance of the entire Mediterranean, and of Europe as far north as Britain, gives the merchants vast new scope to the west. 




At the same time a maritime link, of enormous commercial potential, opens up between India and China.










The map of the world offers no route so promising to a merchant vessel as the coastal journey from India to China. Down through the Straits of Malacca and then up through the South China Sea, there are at all times inhabited coasts not far off to either side. 


It is no accident that Calcutta is now at one end of the journey, Hong Kong at the other, and Singapore in the middle.

Indian merchants are…

MEXICO NO CAMBIA: SOLO PIENSAN EN SUS GRINGOS COMO ALTERNATIVA DE MERCADO

Sobreproducción satura el mercado



México: A Estados Unidos, 80% de la producción de mango

A diferencia de 2010, después de suscitarse un temporal escaso, este año la producción de mango en la Tierra Caliente se incrementó hasta en un 30 por ciento por ciento, lo que permite sostener el comercio exterior, sobre todo el mercado americano hacia donde se canaliza 80 por ciento del volumen exportable.

Si bien el año anterior la oferta fue escasa, ahora se registra una sobreproducción y saturación en el mercado nacional, reconoció Xavier Chávez Contreras, presidente del Sistema Producto Mango

En entrevista con El Sol de Morelia comentó que por la vasta producción ha sido difícil mantener el precio de la fruta, a finales de abril se cotizó por arriba de los 2.5 y hasta 3 pesos, actualmente el productor recibe de 1.80 a 2 pesos.

La temporada 2011 dio inicio la tercera semana de marzo y en unos 8 a 10 días más terminará para Michoacán en lo que hace a las variedades Petacón y Ataulfo, mientras …

EL "LOCO" CHAVEZ NO TIENE CON QUIEN METERSE

NOTA DEL OIM: EL LOCO CHAVEZ CON TODA LA RIQUEZA PETROLERA VENEZOLANA, BUSCA CONVERTIR NUESTRO BELLO PAIS EN UN "ZIMBABWE" (LO PEOR ES QUE LO ESTA LOGRANDO!)

18 de Mayo de 2011 El presidente venezolano, que recientemente ha puesto en marcha para su debate en la Asamblea Nacional una Ley Antimonopolio, amenaza ahora a las cadenas de supermercados con expropiarlas si se prestan a la especulación. El mandatario, que mantiene un pleito continuado con empresas del sector alimenticio como Polar y Central Madeirense, pretende de esta forma ampliar la “red socialista de distribución” de alimentos. “Las grandes cadenas privadas de distribución de alimentos que se presten para la especulación y el acaparamiento deben ser intervenidas con la participación de sus trabajadores y consejos comunales”, aseguró Chávez durante un programa de Venezolana de Televisión. Esta amenaza, que muchos asocian a la necesidad del Gobierno de hacerse con establecimientos para poner a la venta alimentos subsid…

CAN THE WORLD AFFORD TO TURN THEIR BACK ON OXFAM ?

Dear Will, Violence, insecurity and a lack of resources threaten the progress that women have made in Afghanistan. Make sure that girls in poor countries continue to have access to education. Help us raise $50,000 by May 26 to help women and girls in poor countries like Afghanistan, Haiti and Sudan. Under Taliban rule, education for women in Afghanistan was all but abolished. Girls' schools were forced to shut their doors. Women and girls were singled out for discrimination and abuse. Since the fall of the Taliban, Oxfam has helped turn that around. Working with local partners, and with the help of supporters like you, we've built over 42 schools – and across Afghanistan, 2.4 million girls are now in school. But violence, insecurity and a lack of resources threaten that progress.
 And recent proposed budget cuts in Congress could slash global programs that help girls gain access to education and provide women farmers with training on efficient ways to grow more food. 
We urgently need…