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WHY LESSER DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ARE NOT ON THE "FAIR TRADE" BANDWAGON IS STILL A MYSTERY TO THE IMO....

Q: Does Fairtrade matter in Australia?

by ED on JUNE 15, 2011


Fairtrade is experiencing massive growth in Australia

A:It didn’t used to but increasing in Australia we are buying into the idea of Fairtrade, as these charts show.

This week Harriet Lamb director of the Fairtrade Foundation in the UK is visiting Australia, a leader in certification of the ethical sourcing of products.

The fact is that Europe has been leading the world in sourcing Fairtrade goods for some 18 years while in Australia in the past five or six years we have only come to buy into the certification scheme.

Basically Fairtrade’s aim is to protect workers in developing countries who are often exploited to produce cheap commodity products from chocolate to coffee, tea, cotton and even sports balls.

The question to ask is whether the chocolate, coffee or tea you buy each day is ethically sourced. 

That means that a decent price is paid for the commodities, there are decent working conditions and that child labour is…

HAWAIIAN MANGOES IN TIGHT SUPPLY THIS YEAR....

Expect mango, lychee to be in short supply

By Joan Namkoong


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2011








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Lychee and mango are the two much-anticipated seasonal summer fruit in Hawaii. But the unusual weather we’ve experienced has had its effect on these two luscious fruit.

Lychee is making its appearance at farmers markets and hopefully in supermarkets, too. 
This summer’s crop is not likely to be abundant, having started out early in areas such as Kona and later in Hilo and the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island, where most of the commercial farms are located.

In a recent conversation with Candy Suiso of Makaha Mango Farm, I learned that mango flowering was late this year and in some instances has just begun. 
Fruit set has not been very good. 
We saw a spurt of mangoes from Maui early in the year but not since.

So cherish those mangoes and lychee this year and expect that prices will be dear.

Farmers markets will probably be your best bet for these fruit. Check the Made…

HER FACTS MAY BE OFF A LITTLE; BUT FLORIDA CHEF/TEACHER/AUTHOR'S HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE.....

Mango mania: Most popular mango varieties originated in Florida

Try mangoes in salads, rice and smoothies

12:52 PM, Jun. 15, 2011 |


Mango smoothies are quick and easy to make, and the flavor is delicious. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com




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A common sight in Southwest Florida around this time of the year is trees dripping with mangoes, which are versatile ingredients for all sorts of meals, snacks and drinks. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com


Tempting mango salad. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com


Mango adds color and flavor to rice, resulting in a perfect and light summer meal. / Quentin Roux/marcoislandflorida.com

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Lynn Novo is chef/owner of Comfort Sisters-Good Food, a culinary services company. She teaches cooking classes, prepares meals for private clients and conducts culinary tours. Novo offers handmade salads, dressings and appetizers at the Comfort Sisters booth at the farmers market on Na…

JOHN BOGADA: MODERN DAY HORATIO ALGER OF THE UGANDA MANGO INDUSTRY

Kampala is the largest city and capital of Uganda


The city is divided into five boroughs that oversee local planning: Kampala Central, Kawempe Division, Makindye Division, Nakawa Division and Lubaga Division


The city is coterminous with Kampala District.




Bagada reaps from mangoes

Business


Written by Gertrude Tumusiime


Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:46





Bagada in his farm



John Bagada is the kind of name you can’t miss when in Masindi.

Talk about the fruit business and chances are that Bagada’s name will come up.



Bagada is the model farmer – the kind that government always refers to – when preaching about making money from fruits.

Bagada’s is the mango business.

Bagada’s mangoes sell in supermarkets in Masindi and in Kampala.

His mangoes have become so popular that local residents usually call him up for advice.

The budding entrepreneur is in fact one of the founders of an association that plans to go into fruit processing as he embarks on fulfilling one of his dreams.

It all started in…

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUTS THE ENTIRE FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN ON NOTICE WITH "PROVISIONA"L AUDIT OF HIRING PRACTICES...

By MIRIAM JORDAN

The Obama administration intensified a crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants, notifying 1,000 companies Wednesday that they will be subjected to inspections of hiring records.

The surge brings the number of companies audited by immigration authorities to 2,338 in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1, surpassing last year's record 2,196. 


The total amount of fines levied against employers for breaking labor and immigration laws reached $7.1 million compared with $6.9 million for the entire previous fiscal year.

Previously
Chipotle Hiring Probe Expands 5/4/11
Probe and Arrests at Restaurant Chains 4/21/11
Feds Target Illegal Hires 2/17/11

"These inspections will determine whether or not the businesses are violating U.S. employment laws by hiring illegal workers," said a statement by Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

She said that employers of all sizes and in every state in the nation were notified to hand over I-…

THE F.D.A. MUST BE PROPERLY FUNDED AND STAFFED IN ORDER FOR A PRODUCE TRACEABILITY INITIATIVE (PTI) TO MAKE ANY SENSE OR DEFEND THE CONSUMER

Europe's E. Coli Outbreak Should Reignite PTI Support

Jun 13, 2011 12:00 PM, 
By MATTHEW ENIS  Fresh Market Editor 
matt.enis@penton.com



The German government is currently enduring a lot of criticism for its handling of a foodborne illness outbreak. 
More than 2,300 cases of E. coli infection have been reported since early May, 16 people have died, and the European Union's Farm Commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, has proposed granting $220 million in aid to Spanish farms that were devastated after German health agencies incorrectly blamed the outbreak on cucumbers and other produce sourced from Spain.


This sounds familiar. 
For two months during the spring and summer of 2008, U.S. federal agencies said that domestic tomatoes were the most likely carriers of a rare strain of salmonella that ultimately caused more than 1,400 reported illnesses in the U.S. and Canada.

Ultimately, a jalapeno pepper farm was found to be the true source of the outbreak, but the news came a little late for tomato…

THE CHANGING FACE OF SOUTHEAST ASIA RELATIONS: VIETNAM OPENS PORTS TO USA NAVY VESSELS....

Vietnam shift could see return of US ships

By Ben Bland in Cam Ranh Bay

Published: June 14 2011 22:46 | Last updated: June 14 2011 22:46


Refugees on the Pioneer Contender docked at Cam Ranh Bay on March 29, 1975




Nguyen Duc De knows at first hand how alliances can change. 


The former Vietnamese soldier was stationed on the disputed Spratly Islands in the 1980s, when tensions with China were high following their 1979 border war, and he used to take pot shots at the Chinese marines who approached his base, pretending to be fishermen.

When diplomatic relations between the Communist neighbours were restored in the 1990s, shooting was prohibited, he says, but, as China’s economic and military might has grown over the past decade, strains over contested islands in the South China Sea have been on the rise again.

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THINK ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION: DO YOUR WORDS MATCH YOUR ACTIONS ????

A Logo Is Not a Brand

1:40 PM Wednesday June 15, 2011 


Lots of organizations come to our company, Advertising for Humanity, asking for "a new brand." 
They typically mean a new name, or icon, or a new look and feel for their existing name. 
Lots of people think that brand begins and ends there — that once we shine up the name they can stick it below their email signature, pop it on their website, and, voila, they have a new brand. 
Much of our work consists of disabusing people of this notion.

Brand is much more than a name or a logo. Brand is everything, and everything is brand.

Brand is your strategy. 
If you're a consumer brand, brand is your products and the story that those products tell together.
 Ikea's kitchen chairs' tendency to fall apart after two years is part of the company's brand. 
If you're a humanitarian organization, brand is your aspirations and the progress you are making toward them.
Share Our Strength's audacious goal to end child hunger …

OBAMA NEEDED A PANEL TO TELL HIM WHAT THE ENTIRE WORLD SAW COMING.....

Obama's Co-Chair Concurs: We Face Most Predictable Economic Crisis in History In About 2 Years

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
By Patrick Ryan





Former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, speaks at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association on Sunday, July 11, 2010, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)



(CNSNews.com) – Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), co-chairman of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility, said Tuesday that he agreed with his fellow co-chairman, former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, that the United States faces “the most predictable economic crisis in history” within the next two years.

Simpson added that the tipping point "will come when the rating agencies find out we have no plan" to seriously address federal spending and the national debt.

At the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, CNSNews asked Simpson, “Erskine Bowles told the Senate Budget Committee that America faces the ‘most predictable economic crisis in history’…