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TOP TEN PRINCIPLES OF BIODYNAMIC FARMING ....

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ABOUT RUDOLF STEINER: FOUNDER OF BIODYNAMIC FARMING ....

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INTERESTING OPTIONS FOR MANGO GRADING FROM AUSTRALIA ...

MECHANICAL MANGO TREE PRUNING IN AUSTRALIA & FLORIDA ...

NONEXISTENT MANGO SEASON IN BALI .....

Goodbye, gado gado
December 18, 2011




All in order ... holidaymakers attend the cooking school.

Sarah Maguire savours traditional island flavours at a cooking school where authenticity tops the menu.

THE stern-faced Heinz von Holzen has three rules for the food-loving holidaymakers who find their way to his cooking school, Bumbu Bali, in the village of Tanjung Benoa.

In between grinding candlenuts and peppercorn, sauteeing pork in soya sauce and deep-frying bananas, his students must not sit in the same seat twice. This is to encourage sociability. Rule No.2, they must not talk politics. Rule No.3, they must not talk about anything at all that might throw a shadow over the convivial exercise of group-cooking your own lunch.



Dishes from Bumbu Bali.



Alas, von Holzen has broken his own house rules, in spectacular fashion, even before he's got around to telling us what they are. "It's too late for planet Earth," he declares.

We are sampling Balinese breakfast foods in an open-sid…

IMAGINE THE BENEFITS OF A FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE VENEZUELA ....

A Back of the Envelope Calculation of The Finances of a New Venezuelan GovernmentDecember 8, 2011













(To my friend: Yes, we can!)

Everyone worries about how a new Government would function financially if there was to be a political transition in 2012. 
Personally, I think this is the least of our worries. Things like dealing with unions and personnel in PDVSA and nationalized companies will be orders or magnitude more difficult than dealing with “money”.




Here is why:



Venezuela is currently paying about US$ 6.5 billion for 30,000 Cuban doctors. Divide those two and you get about US$ 216,000 per doctor per year. Renegotiate this to Venezuelan doctor salaries and you have saved US$ 6 billion a year, about half of what the country and PDVSA issue in debt every year.


Then, there is Petrocaribe, sending oil to “country’s in need” and giving them easy credit conditions, like pay 50% now, two years grace period a less than 5% a year for the next like 25 years. The math is hard, there are barrels sent…

ANOTHER GREAT WEEK ON PHILANTHROPER HELPING PEOPLE IN NEED AROUND THE WORLD ...

Saturday, December 17th
See you next week!
Philanthroper Weekend Roundup


This week on Philanthroper, you... • Rescued 11.25 tons of fresh produce before it reached a landfill.  • Immunized 100 children in India against measles, mumps and rubella.


• Helped clean up some of the most polluted places on the planet. • Assisted single mothers looking for steady jobs.


• Sponsored almost 2 years of school for kids in rural Thailand.


• Exceeded $100,000 in total donations in less than 11 months...but more on that next week.


Want to give to any of these causes again? Go ahead!

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VALUE ADDED INITIATIVE IN INDIA.....

Kuttiattoor mangoes to get a fair deal from now

TNN | Dec 17, 2011, 06.13AM IST






Read More:Pavannur Motta|Mango|Kuttiattoor Panchayat Agro Village Co-Op Society|Kuttiattoor Mangoes|K P Mohanan








KANNUR: In an effort to help the farmers in Kuttiattoor panchayat, and to popularize and market the famous Kuttiattoor mangoes, a cooperative society, Kuttiattoor Panchayat Agro Village Co-op Society (AVICO) Ltd, has been formed.



"Though we have a rich resource of fruits and vegetables, the farmers are not getting good price for their products due to the middlemen," said Uthaman Velikkath, president of the society. "Though the Kuttiattoor mangoes are famous, no effort has been made to market."



The society is planning to market the AVICO brand of banana chips and also various fruit products like squash, jam, and pickle made from mango, jackfruit, pineapple, Indian gooseberry, which are in surplus in the panchayat.


"With this society, which has been set up with the help of the Kh…