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VIEWER COMMENTS: JUAN PABLO LOZANO (J.P. IMPORTS, Inc.)

The American importers decided to "invent"  new names for the Ataulfo Mango just because they can't pronounce the name properly.
The whole thing is kind of stupid but you know how must be... Their way or their way... 
Why Champagne when that is a French word? 
Ridiculous, but with money they create campaigns to "educate" people and try to convince them with new stupid names.
The bad thing about all of this, is that at the end everybody gets confused and end up using all kind of names for the same fruit.

These names exist because importers disrespect the history and genealogy of the Ataulfo mango.

Very unprofessional and a disservice to the American consumer.
Juan Pablo Lozano J. P. Imports, Inc. 19713 Black Olive Ln. Boca Raton, FL 33498 Tel (561) 210-5437 Fax (561) 210-7440 Cell (561) 212-5938 Nextel: 158*117*16363 E-mail: jpimportsinc@msn.com



A FOLLOW UP TO THE PACKER NEWSPAPER QUESTION ON WHY THE IMO TAKES EXCEPTION TO MIS BRANDING OF ATAULFO MANGOES

In reviewing our conversation. I realize that i left out an answer.
The point about branding a mango as a "Champagne" or a "Van Gogh" is that it is unethical in the Scientific community.
In Mexico, where the Ataulfo mango is officially recognized as being from they have made a commercial campaign to recognize the "SOCONUSCO" Ataulfo mango.
All of these efforts are flawed.
First of all, confusing the consumer with a myriad of names does not help promote a product.
KIWIFRUIT worked back in the 80s because they put the commodity and country before any personal gain.
Secondly; from a purely scientific point of view:
This type of behaviour is viewed as unprofessional and a joke.
It is the equivalent in the breeding community to arbitrarily call a poodle a "Jones" dog because I felt that I could gain some commercial advantage.
The AKC would laugh me out of any competition.
Commercial plant breeders feel the same way. The case of Cirulli Brothers and their "…

SAUDI ARABIA SET TO EXPAND TRADE NETWORK

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN | ARAB NEWS Published: May 26, 2011 22:53 Updated: May 26, 2011 23:31
RIYADH: The Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), which ranks as the largest chamber in the Middle East with over 80,000 members, is reviewing an ambitious plan to open its new branches in other parts of Riyadh region to offer its services on the doorsteps of business entities. The existing 11 RCCI branches have failed to cope with the pressure because of increasing number of commercial registrations that has grown five-fold during the last five years. RCCI’s members are either from Riyadh city or from other governorates of Riyadh region that extends over an area of 380,000 sq km, Saad Abdullah Al-Ajlan, chief of the RCCI’s trade committee, said after inaugurating an international mango festival at Lulu Hypermarket.  Referring to the RCCI’s operation in Riyadh region with special reference to the trade and retail sector, he said the retail sector in the Kingdom was growing consistently. “Th…

THINGS ARE NOT LOOKING VERY GOOD FOR PAKISTANI EXPORTS OF MANGO TO USA

Since Pakistan joined the "war on terror", it has received billions of dollars from the United States. When Osama Bin Laden was found here, there were those in Washington who said aid to this country had to stop. But it is not just Americans questioning the current levels of financial assistance here, many Pakistanis are also debating the wisdom of accepting such large sums of US handouts. Muzaffar Khakwani, who grows mangoes in the southern part of Punjab province, is a direct recipient of American aid. “Start QuoteOur country's got so many problems... America is the cause ” Unnamed Pakistani man In the scorching heat he shows off his trees, heavily laden with green fruit, still a few weeks away from being harvested. "The US assistance in this area has gone primarily into education of mango farmers like me," Mr Khakwani says. "How to grow better mangoes in terms of quality and yield, how to market our mangoes better, and also into…

THE DISAPPEARING ATAULFO MANGO CROP IN TAPACHULA

TAPACHULA, Mexico — It used to be easy to grow mangoes: the rains came every year, bees and other pollinators did their job, and soon the mangoes were ready to pick. But this year a combination of heavy rains and extreme temperatures caused the mango flowers to bud too early. That, in turn, produced small seedless mangoes that are essentially worthless. Over the past two years, the crop of Ataulfo mangoes (the gold-colored variety sold as “champagne” mangoes in the U.S.) has fallen 60 percent. As a result, many growers are ripping out their finicky mango trees and instead planting sugar cane or palm, fast-growing crops that give a more regular harvest but require more costly fertilizers and pesticides. Farmer Roberto Fourzali Moises said about half of his crop this year is malformed. A properly formed mango fetches up to $2 in U.S. markets, while the tiny ones can't be sold. “The seed hasn’t formed because of the heat," said Fourzali as he sorted through a basket of oval fruit, so…

IMO ANSWERS TO (tacler) Andre van der Wiel's QUESTIONS

Hello Andre;
Nice to see you with your reporter's cap on!
I do not understand what you are getting at?
The IMO has cooperative agreements with all of the bodies that are listed going back to 2000 in some cases.
We are recognized by FAO and have written position papers that are part of the permanent body.
In addition, USDA, and other ministry of Agriculture have recognized and praised our efforts
Official Visits have been made on the part of IMO to both FAO in 2003 and SAMGA in December of 2000.
I would be very happy to show you written proof of any of this, if that is what you need to feel comfortable....
Many people for what ever reason, wish to support us in anonimity, so I must honor that request.
From the list that you posted from our website; all of the mentioned parties with the exception of CARDI, TFNETWORK and SUBTROP Group, attended our very first Global mango Conference in La Quinta, california in October of 2000.  (TFNETWORK and SUBTROP did not exist at the time)
Suffice it to sa…

VIEWER COMMENTS : ANDRE van der WIEL (tacler)

Hi Will,
But I can see the relevance of the questions! 
What would be the answer to them, because frankly people have asked me the same thing, and I was assuming it was more people than you, but with the question posed, I would like to be able to have a clear answer, and also to be able to answer people that ask me the same question. 

And where ever the question came from, even if with poor intention, I can still imagine more people would want to know it.
I first took the list of affilitates on the blog,
IMO AFFILIATES & CAUSES WE FOLLOW FAIRTRADE (USA)NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) USASUBTROP (SOUTH AFRICA)SAMGA (South Africa)HAL (Australia)FTBG (Miami, Florida)TFNet (MALAYSIA)CARDI (Trinidad)To be a list of actual parties involved within IMO itself, but maybe that is not the case? 

With recent clashes with NMB in mind, I take that not to be the case, but it does raise the question, who else is involved?
Best regards,

André van der Wiel
tel: +31 166 698209 cell: +31 6 199 35 231
skype: tacler_…

MANGOES SURELY TO BE ON THE "MENU" WHEN CLINTON MEETS IN PAKISTAN

USA Secretary of state Hilary Clinton is scheduled to meet with her Pakistani counterparts in the coming days.


Recent events since the "takeout" of UBL, have caused to strain relations.


It will be very interesting to know, what if any, this has done for the Pakistani mango export project to the USA, so heavily funded and supported by the OBAMA administration.


Hopefully, a new chapter with a positive spin on it can be drafted at these meetings with an emphasis on helping Pakistani mango farmers and exporters.


USA consumers are anxious to try the "Sweetest" mangoes in the world.










MANGUITOS ESTARAN EN LA MESA CUANDO HILARY SE REUNE CON LOS PAKISTANIS

Islamabad, 26 may (dpa) – La secretaria de Estado norteamericana Hillary Clinton llegará el viernes a Pakistán para mejorar las relaciones bilaterales, luego de las tensiones surgidas tras el ataque estadounidense que mató al líder terrorista Osama bin Laden, afirmaron hoy funcionarios de ambas naciones. Un funcionario de la embajada estadounidense señaló que los medios de comunicación fueron convocados durante la mañana para una conferencia de prensa con la secretaria de Estado, aunque no explicó cuándo se realizará exactamente. Ambos países se han mostrado reticentes a anunciar oficialmente la visita de un día de duración por razones de seguridad. Se espera que Hillary Clinton se reúna con el presidente Asif Ali Zardari, el primer ministro Yusuf Raza Gilani y altos mandos militares.
http://www.noticias24.com/actualidad/noticia/257642/hillary-clinton-llegara-el-viernes-a-pakistan-para-mejorar-las-relaciones/



ENERGY ALTERNATIVES: RADICAL SOLUTIONS ON THE HORIZON

When it comes to radical energy solutions, an extreme long shot is a nuclear power scheme that would combine fusion and fission. 


Existing nuclear plants all run on fission, the splitting of heavy nuclei such as uranium, to produce power—not to mention tons of hazardous waste. 


Fusion joins together light nuclei, as occurs in stars and hydrogen bombs, but practical fusion-power generation has yet to be demonstrated despite decades of research. 


One of the newest ideas is a hybrid plant in which fusion would trigger atom splitting in spent nuclear fuel, boosting the energy output and "burning up" the waste.




http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=skeptical-look-3-wild-fusion-energy-schemes&WT.mc_id=SA_DD_20110526





FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MELTING IC & RISING SEAS

Look outside.  Can you see any ice?  What about in the middle of summer?  Believe it or not, about 10 percent of the planet's land is actually covered in ice—year round!  The ice in these places, such as Antarctica or on very high mountain ranges, is usually in big pieces called glaciers or ice sheets.  It can stay there if the temperature stays cool enough and enough snow falls to replace whatever ice melts off when the temperature gets above freezing. All of that ice is made from an awful lot of water.  And when that water melts, much of it ends up in the oceans.  How might that affect us?  We can get a fast-paced peek at this process that is going on right now with just a couple of ice cubes and some clay.

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN ORGANIZATION ?

OrganizationFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Organization (disambiguation). This article may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines.

 Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure. (May 2010)



An organization (or organisation — see spelling differences) is a social group which distributes tasks for a collective goal.


 The word itself is derived from the Greek word organon.


 Itself derived from the better-known word ergon - as we know `organ` - and it means a compartment for a particular job.

THE SHAMEFUL HISTORY OF CORRUPTION & FRAUD IN ZIMBABWE

"The axe will always forget but the tree that was chopped by the axe will never forget." 

These are words spoken by Moses Tsvangirai in The Axe and the Tree a new documentary that reveals the extent of the violence directed at opposition party supporters that erupted in Zimbabwe in the run-up to the 2008 presidential run-off elections.

The documentary was launched on Tuesday at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg.




 It comes amid calls by Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to go to the polls again this year. 




http://mg.co.za/article/2011-05-26-axe-falls-on-mugabes-shame









NMB TRYING TO "STRONG ARM" THE PACKER NEWSPAPER INTO WRITING DEROGATORY PIECE ON THE IMO

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




May 26, 2011




The WAR goes on between the NMB and the IMO.


Today, the IMO received a phone call from a managing Editor at Vance Publishing (Owner of the Packer Newspaper).


The IMO was warned from the outset of the 45 minute conversation that this was not a "friendly" piece.


The mission of the interviewer was do do a "Hatchet" piece on the IMO at the bequest of the NMB.


Valuable NMB advertizing dollars lay on the table for Vance publishing.






Allegations of a personal agenda by Will Cavan for personal gain were hurled by the interviewer.


Questions of the legitimacy of the IMO were brought up.


What is our motivation? who supports you? how do you fund your operations? Are you an importer? Looking for personal gain?


The IMO objectives have never changed once since our founding in August of 2000.


READ OUR MISSION STATEMENT:


http://mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com/search/label/F.A.Q.




OUR MISSION HAS FR…

WHO SHOULD HEAD UP THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ? ...DOES EUROPE HAVE A LOCK ON THE BOARD ?

The Economist AsksShould the next head of the IMF be European?

JOCKEYING for position has started as the IMF looks for a new managing director following the resignation of Dominique Strauss-Kahn
Tradition dictates that the position goes to a European, while the Americans get to run the World Bank. 
But tradition is starting to look a little creaky, and emerging-market countries want a look in. On the other hand, one of the biggest tasks the fund faces in the coming months and years will be dealing with Europe's endless debt problems; some say the fraught negotiations ahead will work better if the Europeans have one of their own at the IMF's helm.
 The European Union is likely to propose a single candidate for the post; the current front-runner is Christine Lagarde, France's finance minister.