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WORLD'S BEE KEEPERS FIGHT VALIANTLY TO STAVE OFF POPULATION DECLINE..

Chemical pesticides, viruses, mites and many other problems have unleashed "the perfect storm" against honeybee populations worldwide. But beekeepers are fighting back in a valiant attempt to stave off the disastrous bee population decline. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honey-producing colonies have experienced a population drop of more than 60 percent in the past 60 years. The United Kingdom's honeybee population has halved in recent years, with declines also reported in the Middle East, Asia and other parts of Europe. Aside from ecosystem issues, the problem warrants human attention because 70 percent of the crop species that feed 90 percent of all people in the world require bees for pollination.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42991608/ns/technology_and_science-science/t/bees-feeling-sting-huge-population-plunge/

MORE GRIM NEWS ON THE WORLD'S ABILITY TO FEED ITSELF: THIS TIME AUSTRALIA FORECASTS MID TERM SHORTAGES...

George Mecurio from Bache Brothers at the Adelaide Produce Markets in Pooraka.Source: The Advertiser

AUSTRALIA faces severe food shortages in 10 years if governments don't immediately act to protect producers. The grim warning comes from South Australia's Horticulture Coalition and the Adelaide Produce Markets and has been echoed by the Australian Food and Grocery Council in its submission to a national food plan. The state's peak food producers group will present its 30-year food security plan to the State Government next week, with the hope it will trigger action to stem the flow of farmers who are leaving the industry. Australian food production has stagnated - in some areas reduced - while predictions show global food production must double in the next 40 years to keep pace with population growth. Supermarket price wars, overseas competition, uncertainty over water allocations, urban sprawl, rising costs and a lack of workers have combined to put the squeeze on SA producers…

PORTUGAL PREPARES FOR AUSTERITY PROGRAM UNDER NEW LEADERHIP AS ELECTION RESULTS ARE ANNOUNCED

Portugal’s opposition Social Democrats ousted the ruling Socialists in elections, putting Pedro Passos Coelho in charge of enforcing austerity measures mandated by a 78 billion-euro ($114 billion) bailout. Coelho, who unseated Prime Minister Jose Socrates, said he would seek to forge a governing majority with the third-place People’s Party to enact budget cuts that risk worsening an economic slump and 12.4 percent unemployment rate. With 99 percent of districts reporting, the two parties won a combined 129 seats in the 230-member parliament. “I will do everything within my reach for a government to be formed as quickly as possible and for that government to be able to give stability to the country and to meet all that was agreed upon in Portugal’s name,” Coelho told supporters late yesterday in Lisbon.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-06-05/portugal-s-social-democrats-defeat-socrates-hand-coelho-coalition-chance.html

TURNS OUT E. COLI OUTBREAK WAS HOME GROWN IN GERMANY AS "MOST LIKELY" SOURCE IDENTIFIED

E. coli outbreak: German farm in Uelzen 'likely source'The farm supplies sprouts to Hamburg and a wide area of northern Germany Europe's E. coli outbreakYour reactionEuropean Press reviewIn pictures: Produce pulpedQ&A: E. coli outbreak A farm in northern Germany has been identified as the most likely source of many of the infections in the E. coli outbreak that has left 22 people dead. The farm, producing beansprouts, is located south of Hamburg, the epicentre of the outbreak that has also made more than 2,000 people ill. German officials were awaiting results of tests on the farm's produce that would offer more conclusive proof. The farm has been closed and Germans advised to stop eating beansprouts. The agriculture minister for Lower Saxony, Gert Lindemann, said: "Further evidence has emerged which points to a plant nursery in Uelzen as the source of the EHEC cases, or at least one of the sources," he said. Definite proof would d…

DATA ON CARBON EMISSIONS BEGINNING TO ALARM MAINSTREAM MEDIA...NO LONGER JUST A "TREE HUGGER" CONCERN...

May 30, 2011, 5:52 PM


Tracking Economy, CO2 Emissions Hit New High
By ANDREW C. REVKINThe International Energy Agency has reported that global emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use, tracking the recovering world economy, hit a new high of 30.6 billion metric tons of the gas last year. (Emissions from deforestation and activities like cement manufacturing are not included.)  That’s 5 percent above the previous peak, measured in 2008. The agency added that 80 percent of emissions in 2020 will be coming from power plants that have already been built or are being constructed now.*Most of the new construction and growth in emissions are in developing countries. Here, in one of Adam Nieman’s experiments in visualizing global environmental change, is what four seconds of worldwide emissions of CO2 would look like if you could track the gas by its volume measured in United Nations towers:
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In recent days agency officials have noted that other factors besides economic recovery are likely to …

STRAIN ON THE AVAILABLE FARM LAND IN THE WORLD AS CLIMATE CHANGE BEGINS TO TAKE IT'S TOLL...

IMO NOTE: Western Africa is on the radar as the last frontier for arable land in the next 20-50 years.


June 5, 2011, 11:30 AM

Farming in a Challenging Climate
By ANDREW C. REVKINThe deep, almost inherent, adaptability and resilience of the world’s farmers makes them well suited to deal with a changing climate.  But they are also dealing with limits to usable land and water, rising populations and the near-insatiable appetites of the world’s fast-expanding middle class. Graphic: Food System Under Strain There’s every reason to think that farmers, along with the companies and institutions that develop crop varieties and agricultural technologies, can meet the challenge, but also evidence that today’s levels of research and development — particularly for advances that can benefit the poorest regions — are grossly insufficient.  Other issues simmer, including the global run on farmland by investors and land-starved countries. Justin Gillis, who took on the environmental science beat at The Times …

PERU EXPORTERS HOLD THIER BREATH AS NEW ERA USHERED IN

IMO NOTE: The last time someone from the Military Left ran the country, things did not turn out so well for the major agrarian producers. With Humal's strong ties to Chavez, Exporters are very nervous to say the least. Will Peru become another Ecuador? Or will the new "Strong Man" leave well enough alone? One thing is for certain, Alberto Fujimori's hopes of seeing "day light" again; have been dashed.

Sunday, Jun. 05, 2011
Unofficial count gives Humala narrow win in Peru

By FRANK BAJAK - Associated Press



LIMA, Peru -- Unofficial results showed leftist military man Ollanta Humala narrowly winning Sunday's bitterly contested presidential runoff against the daughter of disgraced former President Alberto Fujimori after promising the poor a greater share of Peru's mineral wealth.

Results announced by the independent election watchdog group Transparencia gave Humala 51.3 percent of the vote against 48.7 percent for Keiko Fujimori with more than 90 percent…

POLO SEASON IN JAIPUR, INDIA

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Playing Elephant Polo in Jaipur









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Jacob Rd, Civil Lines
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It’s finally here.

That’s right: polo season.

So it’s time to get your mallet, jet to somewhere exotic and prepare your trusty steed.

By which we mean an elephant.

Presenting Elephant Polo, a slower, beer-friendlier, slightly more lumbering version of the sport of kings that you can play on the grounds of the Taj Jai Mahal Palace on your next trip to Jaipur.

It’s basically your standard game of polo, but with a few simple rule changes—there are now two 10-minute chukkas, a quick IPA-heavy intermission, a shorter field and... well, you’re on an elephant.

You’ll have the help of a mahout, basically a driver for your elephant. He’ll sit in front of you and guide the elephant according to your every direction, while you handle the mallet (around nine feet long) and plan the tactical strategy.

After you’ve had enough tra…

LATE SEASON MANGO REGION START BRINGS HOPE FOR FARMERS IN INDIA

Cumbum Valley, also called Kambam Valley, is a valley in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu state in India near the Kerala state border.


This is the most fertile valley in south India, The valley includes lands between Thekkadi Hills, Varusanadu Hills, and Kodaikanal Hills. Mango growers are in a jubilant mood as they are expecting a bumper yield and a reasonable price for their produce this season, thanks to sufficient rainfall at the right time and conducive weather through out this summer. Mangoes of different varieties are being cultivated across over 6,000 hectares in the district.  Periakulam and nearby areas are the major mango producing centres.  Mangoes are also being cultivated in some pockets of Bodinayakkanur, Thevaram and Cumbum, Cumbum Anumanthampatti in Cumbum valley. The Banganapalli variety of mango is being cultivated in 3,000 hectares, Kallamai variety in 2,000 hectares and neelam and sendura varieties in 1,200 hectares. After a gap of two years, neelam mango trees have also…

SIX DAY EXTENSIVE MANGO MARKET RESEARCH TRAINING IN PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Horticulture Development and Export Company (PHDEC) conducted a six-day extensive mango market research training in collaboration with Institute of Business Management Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).

The general objective of this training was to develop the ability of people in the business to conduct mango marketing research, said the company in a statement.

The training course was also designed to help participants to understand both qualitative and quantitative marketing research methods. 


http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=50817&Cat=3&dt=6/5/2011

GREEN HOUSE GASSES CONTINUE TO RISE AS MANKIND SITS BY WILLING TO ACCEPT THEIR OWN FATE WHEN SOLUTIONS EXIST

IMO NOTE: THE "GLOBALIZATION" Policies without any concern for enviromental standards to go along with them, have allowed China and Russia to pollute at a pace so fast that the rest of the world can not catch up to stop the damage ...resulting in a worsening of the situation. 


AMSTERDAM -- Despite 20 years of effort, greenhouse gas emissions are going up instead of down, hitting record highs as climate negotiators gather to debate a new global warming accord.
The new report by the International Energy Agency showing high emissions from fossil fuels is one of several pieces of bad news facing delegates from about 180 countries heading to Bonn, Germany, for two weeks of talks beginning Monday.
Another: The tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster in March apparently has sidelined Japan's aggressive policies to combat climate change and prompted countries like Germany to hasten the decommissioning of nuclear power stations which, regardless of other drawbacks, have nearly zero carbo…

BIOCHAR: IT'S ABOUT THE SOIL....THE KEY TO SUCCESSFUL FARMING...(AMONG OTHER THINGS)

Biochar Is a Valuable Soil AmendmentBiochar is a 2,000 year-old practice that converts agricultural waste into a soil enhancer that can hold carbon, boost food security and discourage deforestation. The process creates a fine-grained, highly porous charcoal that helps soils retain nutrients and water. Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices. Intensive study of biochar-rich dark earths in the Amazon (terra preta), has led to a wider appreciation of biochar’s unique properties as a soil enhancer. Biochar can be an important tool to increase food security and cropland diversity in areas with severely depleted soils, scarce organic resources, and inadequate water and chemical fertilizer supplies. Biochar also improves water quality and quantity by increasing soil retention of nutrients and agrochemicals for plant and crop utilization. More nutrients stay in the soil instead of leaching into groundwater and causing poll…

PERUVIANS FACE A "HOBSON'S CHOICE" ( LESSER OF TWO EVILS ) AS THEY TAKE TO THE POLLING BOOTHS TODAY

Peru faces 'unhappy choice' as polls open

Juan Forero, Bogota

June 6, 2011






Electoral workers unload ballot boxes at a polling station ahead of Sunday's elections in Lima. Photo: Reuters

POLLS opened last night Melbourne time in the second round of Peru's presidential election, with the daughter of a jailed former president pitted against a former army officer and coup leader.

''It's an operetta,'' said Gustavo Gorriti, a Peruvian reporter.

Keiko Fujimori, 36, is the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori, who fled Peru as his government collapsed in a corruption scandal in 2000. 
He was later convicted of extensive human rights abuses and corruption and given a 25-year prison term.


Her opponent is Ollanta Humala, 48. 
He led a coup attempt against Fujimori and his brother, Antauro, is in jail for leading his own revolt, which Mr Humala had encouraged.

Polls show the two in a virtual tie in the country of 30 million.
 ''Both of these cand…

THE IMO HOPES THAT THE IMF "DIRECTS" SOME OF THE MONEY EARMARKED FOR EGYPT...FOR MANGOES...

IMF agrees $3bn financing deal with EgyptProtesters returned to Tahrir Square on Labour Day
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed a $3bn (£1.8bn) loan deal with the interim government in Egypt.
The IMF praised the government's attempts to stabilise the economy since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak in February.
The uprising scared away tourists and investors and cut tax revenues, which has left the government short of cash. The deal must still be approved by the IMF's board and Egypt's cabinet and military council. Last week, the government approved its 2011-12 budget, which raised spending by a quarter. Much of the increased spending went on helping low-income households. The growing gap between rich and poor was one of the factors that sparked the protests in February. The IMF praised the budget, saying it went, "in the right direction of supporting economic recovery, generating jobs and assisting low income households, while maintaining macroeco…

WOULD YOU EAT A BAG OF E. COLI ???...SADEX CEO HAS....(AFTER PASSING IT THROUGH IRRADIATION PROCESS)...AND LIVED TO TALK ABOUT IT....WAY BACK IN 2006 !!!

IMO NOTE: This article is so IMPORTANT, we had to publish it TWICE in the same day!!!...Anybody ready to address the issues???...Hello....ANYBODY HOME???


For Immediate Release September 27, 2006
Irradiation Could Minimize Future E. coli Outbreaks in Produce
SADEX CEO consumes spinach proven to have E. coli, then irradiated, to demonstrate food safety technology
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Today SADEX Corporation chairman and chief executive officer David Corbin demonstrated his confidence in electronic pasteurization (irradiation) technology for ready-to-eat-foods by eating produce proven to have E. coli, then irradiated.
SADEX had spinach inoculated with extremely high amounts of E. coli, irradiated the produce then retested for the presence of the pathogen. 
This effort was conducted in collaboration with an independent laboratory and under the observance of the nation’s foremost authority on food-borne pathogens.
With food-borne illness killing 5,000 people per year, SADEX Corporation demonstrated…