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Nourishing 9 Billion: Millennials Weigh in on Global Food Challenges

 on Wednesday, Jun 17th, 2015 20 Shares and Likes Editor’s Note: A version of this post originally appeared on the Net Impact blog. By Paula Luu The world’s population is expected to grow from 7 billion to 9 billion people by 2050. Right now, there are 805 million hungry people in the world. It’s estimated that 16 percent of those 805 million people live in developed countries. Meanwhile, agriculture contributes to almost 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, uses 37 percent of landmass, and accounts for 70 percent of all freshwater extracted globally for human use. It is also a major polluter, as runoff from fertilizers and manure disrupts water sources like lakes, rivers and coastal ecosystems. Figuring out how to feed 9 billion people — while also advancing rural development, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting valuable ecosystems — is one of the greatest challenges of our time.

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MEXICO MANGO MAFIA : Big dope stash found in mango shipment

CBP photo
Marijuana in mango load


This shipment of mangoes was contained in a trailer that also held a hidden stash of marijuana.






















Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:29 pm |Updated: 12:36 pm, Wed Jun 17, 2015.



Nogales International




Port officers in Nogales have seized another large marijuana load that smugglers stashed in the ceiling of a commercial produce trailer.





On Monday, after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of mangoes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility discovered 274 packages of marijuana hidden in the ceiling of the trailer.



The driver, 57-year-old Ramon Emilio Felix-Lopez of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, was referred to federal investigators, CBP said. 



The nearly 1,700-pound dope load, valued at $847,000, was seized, along with the tractor-trailer and mangoes.



CBP said seizure represents the fourth such find in just over the past month.



“In each of the previous shipments, the drugs were either co-mingled wit…

India’s mango exports to remain below 25,000 tonnes this year: Assocham

Ashish Tripathi, TNN | Jun 17, 2015, 04.37PM IST



















"Mango exports have fallen significantly in recent years in quantity terms i.e. from 55,585 tonnes in 2012-13 to 41,280 tonnes in 2013-14 thereby registering a fall of about 26 per cent year-on-year (Y-o-Y),” according to the analysis based on a study titled ‘Mango: Anxiety on production & export front,’ conducted by Assocham.




LUCKNOW: Export of mangoes from India might fall by up to 40per cent in terms of quantity and might remain less than even 25,000 tonnes as unseasonal rains coupled with hailstorms between February-end and early-April lashed major mango producing areas across India thereby damaging the crop and causing a dearth of 'export-quality' fruit, according to an ASSOCHAM analysis. 




Mango exports have fallen significantly in recent years in quantity terms i.e. from 55,585 tonnes in 2012-13 to 41,280 tonnes in 2013-14 thereby registering a fall of about 26 per cent year-on-year (Y-o-Y)," according to the an…

MENLO COLLEGE ALUMNUS IN THE HEADLINES

The fabulous life of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed






MEGAN WILLETT
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For two years, one of the world's wealthiest men, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, was locked in a battle with Forbes over his net worth, with the prince claiming the publication had underestimated his fortune by nearly $9.6 billion.




On Monday, the disgruntled billionaire and Forbes Media announced that the defamation suit has been settled on "mutually agreeable terms," Reuters reported. 




The magazine currently has Alwaleed pegged as the 34th richest person in the world, with $22.6 billion in wealth.(Bloomberg lists Alaweed as the 20th wealthiest in the world, with $30.6 billion in wealth.)



Regardless, Alwaleed is still rich beyond belief from his stake in his Kingdom Holding Company, his Saudi real estate investments, shares in Arab media companies, and investments in public and private companies globally, including Twitter and Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com.



Lucinda Chen and Juli…