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"DIRTY DOZEN" VERSUS "CLEAN FIFTEEN" ....

Executive Summary

Eat your fruits and vegetables! 
The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure.
 Use EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. 
The Shopper's Guide to Pesticide in Produce will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic.
 You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce.

Commodity crop corn used for animal feed and biofuels is almost all produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds, as is some sweet corn sold for human consumption. Since GMO sweet corn is not labeled as such in US stores, EWG advises those who have concerns about GMOs to buy organic sweet corn.

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MANGOES MAKE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP'S "CLEAN FIFTEEN" FOR CONSECUTIVE YEAR ...

Dirty Dozen’ shoppers guide targets apples this year



By Joan Murphy | June 14, 2011




WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Working Group’s latest “Dirty Dozen” list released June 13 took direct aim at apples this year, saying that the commodity jumped three spots to claim the top spot for pesticide residue hits.

But the produce industry was quick to defend the apple industry and pointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture data used to write the consumer group report as showing the residue levels are within safe levels.
EWG said that consumers should use its Shopper's Guide to Pesticide in Produce (ranked using 2000-09 pesticide data) to avoid the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, imported grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, U.S. blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens.

Pesticides showed up on 98 percent of the more than 700 apple samples tested, the group said.
“Of the over 700 apple samples that were teste…

WALMART CUTS OUT IMPORTERS IN EFFORT TO RAISE BOTTOM LINE ...

Wal-Mart halts sales slump through grocery business

11/16/2011 8:14:49 AM
Bruce Blythe, Business Editor






Wal-Mart Stores Inc. had its first quarterly sales increase in more than two years, saying efforts to avoid passing rising food costs to consumers fueled ongoing strength in the grocery department.



The retailer’s grocery business continued its positive trend during the past quarter, Bill Simon, chief executive of Wal-Mart’s U.S. operations, said during a recorded conference call released Nov. 15 along with quarterly financial results.

Rising food costs continue to be a major concern for customers, Simon said. Wal-Mart is absorbing some of the cost increases in fresh produce, meat and other products as the company aims to “ensure price leadership” in the retail food market, he said.

“We hear from some shoppers that they believe it will be more difficult than ever to afford holiday meals for their families,” Simon said. “We understand their concern, and we see it every month in our customer…

THE ELUSIVE BUXTON SPICE MANGO FROM GUYANA ....

Buxton sits on very fertile land which is surrounded by an irrigation system (trenches). 

Local farmers produce a variety of fruits and vegetables including peas, beans, Dakar (Tamarind) and the Buxton Spice mango. 

This mango is unique to Buxton being fleshy and sweet like others but having a unique spicy taste.




Buxton is a village in the Demerara-Mahaica Region of Guyana, standing about midway between Georgetown and Enmore

Buxton, Guyana—  Village  —Buxton-Friendship Village Buxton, Guyana
Coordinates: 6.783°N 58.033°W
Coordinates: 6.783°N 58.033°WCountryGuyanaRegion

BROOME, AUSTRALIA MANGO FARMERS REPORT UNUSUAL PRODUCTION ...

Mixed bag for Broome mango growers




Mango growers from the 12 mile region outside of Broome are reporting a "mixed bag" this year.


Most say yields are down because there's been a lot of fruit drop, and for some, the season started too early and the fruit came on all at once.


Julie Weguelin from "The Mango Place" has just finished picking.


She says her yields were down and she's had to source mangoes from Kununurra to guarantee she has enough for her on-farm business.


It's understood that no growers from Broome have sent mangoes to the markets in Perth this year.

Ms Weguelin says the prices have slumped, and growers in Broome now mostly target the local restaurants and weekend markets.




http://www.abc.net.au/rural/regions/content/201111/3368622.htm







THE DYNAMICS OF WEATHER IN PIURA REGION OF PERU

The Piura Region is bordered to the north by the Tumbes Region and Ecuador, to the east by Cajamarca Region, to the south by the Lambayeque Region, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. "Punta Pariñas" in Piura is South America's most western point.


The territory of the Piura Region has many climate variations due to its geographical location.

 It is just 4 degrees south of the equator, yet receives two ocean currents at the same time: the cold Humboldt Current (13-20 °C 55-68 F) and the warm El Niño Current (20-27 °C, 68-80 F). 

This makes the Piura Region a land that is both tropical and arid at the same time, The Land where the Tropics meets The Desert


The coast is divided by the Peruvian subtropical desert of Sechura on the south and savanna-like scrub tropical-dry forests to the center and north of the region. There are also small valleys of tropical climate, where rice and coconut fields are common, especially around the Piura and Sullana rivers.

There is a high Amazon

CHICAGO TERMINAL MARKET PRICES for November 16, 2011

CHICAGO 

Terminal Prices as of 16-NOV-2011 
 Provided by: Fruit and Vegetable Market News, Federal - State Market News Service, USDA. 
Phone: (773) 843-1053 Fax: (773) 843-1092 
HX_FV010 WEATHER AS OF 7:00 A.M. Sunny 36 Yesterday's High 37


---MANGOES: 
MARKET ABOUT STEADY. 
flats 1 layer ECUADOR:
 Haden
 10s ................10.00 

Tommy Atkins 

7s ..............10.00-12.00 mostly 10.00-11.00 

9s ...............10.00-12.00 mostly 10.00-11.00 

10s ..............10.00-12.00 mostly 10.00-11.00 

12s ..............10.00-12.00 mostly 10.00-11.00 


Ataulfo

 8s .....................13.00 
14s ......................12.00 
16s ......................12.00 
20s ......................11.00 
22s ......................11.00 



http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/hx_fv010.txt