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Water Wheel Removes Tons Of Trash From Baltimore's Inner Harbor

by Staff Writers


Baltimore MD (SPX) May 28, 2014



Inner Harbor Water Wheel can pick up 50,000 pounds of trash and debris every day, using solar power and water current to run. 
Photo courtesy of Clearwater Mills LLC. Image courtesy Waterfront Partnership of Balt.







Trash and debris polluting America's waterways is a critical problem in major cities across the world...and Baltimore is no exception. 




The EPA declared Baltimore's harbor "impaired" by aquatic litter - the third water body in the nation to earn such a designation - under the Clean Water Act.





Each year, tons of trash wash into the harbor and are then dumped into the Chesapeake Bay. By example, after the torrential storms last week, debris littered the Inner Harbor as a result of trash that was carried down from storm drains. Not only an eyesore, the trash adds to the pollution that makes the harbor harmful to humans.







But all is not lost and Baltimore is hard at work finding solutions to this problem. Baltimore's…

MAJOR BRAZIL EXPORTER SWITCHING ACREAGE OVER TO PALMER CULTIVAR

Bart Steenbergen, Potipora Foods BV:

"150 hectares of Tommy Atkins mangos replaced with Palmer"










Queiroz Galvao Alimentos is one of the largest producers of mangos and grapes in Brazil, with 900 hectares. The sales are provided by Potipora Foods BV from an office in Rotterdam.










"We are the commercial department of the plantation," explains Bart Steenbergen.


"Last year the producer decided to destroy 150 hectares of Tommy Atkins and to replace it with the variety Palmer, which combines the combined skin of the Tommy Atkins with the non stringy inside of the Keith."










Some importers doubt whether the Palmer will meet the wishes of the supermarkets, but Bart waves away those doubts.



"The Palmer is no Kent of Keitt. If you expect that you will be cheated. But as far as colour is concerned Keith and Kent can't beat the Palmer."










In a bad market you can realise the same price as the Tommy Atkins with the Palmer. If the market is good the price is comparable t…

MEXICAN ORGANIC MANGO EXPORTER UPBEAT ABOUT 2014 SEASON

The future’s bright for Mexican mangoes











May 28th, 2014





Mexican mango growers are generally positive about this season, despite lower production levels and saturated North American markets for some. 












Sinaloa-based Agricola Organics has reported a crop size around a third smaller than 2013 but owner Angel Tamatis tells www.freshfruitportal.comthis is not an issue as it can keep up with demand.





“The total production is about 30% less than last year, but there are plenty of mangoes to supply our clients,”
he says






“We’ve got plenty of mangoes. The markets are good, they’re normal. Production is less but we can easily supply the market’s demand.”








In previous years, Agricola Organics’ total crop has been so large that many mangoes never even got picked.





“Here, with the production that we have, there are often mangoes that we don’t harvest, as there’s often more supply than demand,”
Tamatis says.







Tamatis also operates in other Pacific regions further south in Mexico, meaning he is able to take advant…

LA RUTA DE LA DROGA Y EL PAPEL VENEZOLANO

Por Carlos Vilchez Navamuel








El sitio de Internet Infobae.com nos informaba el año pasado que un grupo de analistas había afirmado que “Venezuela es considerado un país libre de cultivos ilícitos por la ONU, pero su cercanía con Colombia, su ubicación estratégica y los altos niveles de corrupción la convierten en una escala en la ruta del narcotráfico hacia Europa y Estados Unidos”.










Esto último también lo confirmó el experto en temas de narcotráfico Hernán Matute cuando explicó a la agencia de noticias AFP que “Venezuela está en la ruta de la droga por su ubicación geográfica, porque es muy vulnerable en sus fronteras con Colombia y Brasil, que no tienen el debido resguardo, y los altos niveles de corrupción”







Recordemos aquí que Venezuela cuenta con casi 3.000 km de costa en el mar Caribe, lo que facilita la exportación de la droga ya no desde Colombia si no desde este país gobernado por incompetentes y corruptos, cuenta además con el beneplácito de funcionarios del gobierno, altos m…