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A REFRESHER COURSE ON THE VALUE OF NON HOT WATER TREATED MANGOES

The Living and Raw Foods F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions)

The Living and Raw Foods discussed in this web site includes all plant based (vegetarian/vegan) foods. 
What are Living and Raw Foods?
Raw and Living Foods are foods that contain enzymes. In general, the act of heating food over 116 degrees F destroys enzymes in food. (Enzymes start to degrade in as little as 106 degrees F). All cooked food is devoid of enzymes, furthermore cooking food changes the molecular structure of the food and renders it toxic. Living and raw foods also have enormously higher nutrient values than the foods that have been cooked.

What are Enzymes?
Enzymes assist in the digestion of foods. They are known to be the "Life-Force" and or "energy" of food.

From the dictionary:
Noun: Any of the various complex organic substances, as pepsin originating from living cells and capable of producing certain chemical changes inorganic substances by catalytic action, as in digestion.

Why are En…

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PACKER NEWSPAPER & THE NMB

Mr Johnson;
I must congratulate you on living up to your word.
You promised a "Hack" job and you delivered.
Although you chose to "omit" the IMO side of the story (Hard to do when you are in someone else's pocket)
You might want to put glasses on when you "Quote" people.
Of the over 1400 posts to the Blog since the 14th of March, a grand total of 65 stories have dealt with the NMB (Good & Bad)
Unlike your "impartial" newspaper, we cover ALL the news.
My Blog is just that...A BLOG...I am free to express my opinions, but I always research the Facts.
You may have chosen to "Hide" under the banner of an opinion piece, put you suppsoedly are a journalist first.
You chose to sink to a professional low to protect your paying customers.
My words were taken completely out of context and I do not appreciate that.

Your recent "Opinion" piece left out many critical points.
Not least of all an accurate description of the Hot Water Treatment.
A…

PAKISTAN MANGO GROWERS HAVE ISSUES THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED

MULTAN: Mango Growers Association (MGA) President Syed Zahid Hussain said on Thursday urged the government to take up the water issue with India and evolve a consensus on construction of large water reservoirs to avert a drought-like situation.
Talking to APP by phone, Gardezi, who is also the president of Mango Growers Cooperative Society Limited Multan (MGCSL), said that in a special general body meeting of the MGCSL held at the Services Club, Multan, mango growers had expressed grave concern over the looming threat of drought in Pakistan.
“The house said the government should seriously take up the water issue with India and also evolve inter-provincial consensus for construction of dams and other water reservoirs on a war-footing to avoid a drought-like situation in future,” he added.
The meeting was attended by a large number of growers from Multan, Khanewal, Muzaffargarh, Vehari and Lodhran districts.
He said that growers also expressed grave concerns over the exclusion of the role o…

NMB BOARD MEMBERS JUSTIFY ASSESSMENT INCREASE WITHOUT ANY VISION FOR ADDITIONAL INCOME

Importers support mango board’s assessment hike
By Tim Linden | June 03, 2011

An informal survey of mango importers showed support for the assessment increase for the National Mango Board. While none of the half-dozen people interviewed expressed strong reservations about the assessment increase, a couple of importers said that the rationale behind the increase needs to be explained a bit better to the grower community. In May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, as required by law, which would increase the assessment rate on fresh mangos by 50 percent to three-quarters of a cent per pound from one-half cent per pound. The resulting dollars would be used to fund the board and its activities. In 2010, about 770 million pounds of fresh mangos were imported into the United States, so the proposed assessment rate would create an operational budget of more than $5 million.

NMB REACHES NEW LOW WITH "NATIONAL ENQUIRER" HACK JOB

IMO NOTE: This should come as no surprise to readers of this blog....you can see where and how the NMB has chosen to spend their money...where did this clown come from ? The National Enquirer ? At least get the quotes right! (Nice to see what $4,000,000 / year buys....garbage!)


Opinion Despite some drama, mangoes’ future is bright 06/03/2011 2:53:59 PM
Greg Johnson ShareThis The mango may not seem like an influential player in the produce department, but the commodity has all the drama of a big player. It’s been in the news a bit lately, as we’re in the middle of a 60-day comment period which ends July 11. A rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would increase the assessment on mangoes by ¼-cent per pound, bringing the assessment to ¾-cent per pound for first handlers and importers of 500,000 pounds or more annually. The revenue from the assessment goes toward promotion and research under the direction of the National Mango Board. William Watson, executive director of the board, …

CHIAPAS MANGOES SHOW SIGNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE FALL OUT ACCORDING TO REPORT

By Joel N. Shurkin, ISNS Contributor
(ISNS)—A recent study reports that the geographical range of some agricultural crops—such as corn and beans—may be greatly reduced if temperatures continue to rise.  While some farmers may be able to readjust what they grow, others may have to give up, producing a disaster. Food prices have been rising, and climate change is likely to have a larger effect on food production in the future.  These issues might be expected in southern Asia and Africa, but if temperatures keep rising, even places now reasonably secure such as China and Latin America could face a food crisis within two generations. The study was published by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, a non-governmental research organization. The researchers used current climate models to produce the maps which match "climate hotspots," places where climate change is expected to be at its most extreme, and indicators of future food problems. 
One map …

INDIA (LEADERS IN COMPUTER PROGRAMMING) WATCH IN AMUSEMENT AS CHINA & USA TRADE BARBS OVER "INTERNET WAR"

BEIJING: The Chinese military accused the US on Friday of launching a global "internet war'' to bring down Arab and other governments, redirecting the spotlight away from allegations of major online attacks on Western targets originating in China.

The accusations Friday by Chinese military academy scholars, and their urging of tougher policing of the Internet, followed allegations this week that computer hackers in China had compromised the personal Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including government officials, military personnel and political activists.

Google traced the origin of the attacks to the city of Jinan that is home to a military vocational school whose computers were linked to a more sophisticated assault on Google's systems 17 months ago. China has denied role in the attacks. 


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-accuses-US-of-starting-global-internet-war/articleshow/8718039.cms



VALUE & TERMS OF CONTAINER LEASING COMPANIES ARE ON THE MOVE

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 6/2/2011 11:03:13 AM Liners rely more heavily on box lessors
   Leasing companies purchased the majority of containers manufactured in 2010, and will probably buy as many this year, according to the Institute of International Container Lessors.

   The IICL said that lessors spent more than $4 billion for more than 1.6 million TEUs of the 2.75 million TEUs that were added to the world container fleet in 2010. Those numbers include standard and refrigerated containers and other sorts of specialized containers such as open-tops and flat racks.

   “While many of the ocean carriers, the primary providers of containers in international trades, were concentrating their efforts on their core service activities, they turned to the international container leasing companies to source a significant portion of their container needs,” said Steven R. Blust, IICL president.

   Ocean carriers have historically sourced more than half of their container fleets th…

ZIM LINES SHIPPING MAGNATE SAMMY OFER DIES ON NEWS OF USA SANCTION AT AGE 89

Source: American Shipper+     Date Posted: 6/3/2011 10:07:06 AM Sammy Ofer, dead at 89   Israeli shipping magnate Sammy Ofer, 89, was found dead Friday in his Tel Aviv apartment, news reports said.

   The Ofer Brothers Group owns and operates Israel's largest privately owned shipping enterprise, and through the holding company Israel Corp is a major owner of the container liner company Zim.


 The Ofer family is also a major investor in Royal Caribbean Cruises.

   The group evolved from Joseph Herschovici's small ship chandlery and shipping agency in Haifa to become a multifaceted economic conglomerate, managed by his sons, who changed the family's name to the Hebrew name, Ofer. 


Sammy and his brother Yuli built the company into one of the world’s largest shipping companies. 


Their brother David, who died in 1994, also worked for the company after a government career.

 Sammy Ofer was also known as one of the world's great art collectors with a collection of impressionist and m…

NEW MODEL SHOWS PARTS OF THE PLANET THAT WILL BE HARDEST HIT BY CLIMATE CHANGE

Southern Africa, India and Southeast Asia will be plagued with both high susceptibility and a lack of coping mechanisms as climate change takes its toll, according to models published in a new study. The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's (CGIAR) Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security identified world regions that will bear the brunt of climate change's consequences on food availability. 


The project's researchers measured current food security indicators and climate-sensitive zones in 2050, and the overlap between the two. Other high-risk hot spots include Mexico, northeast Brazil, southern Africa and West Africa, assessed by indicators like future water availability, number of days above 30 degrees Celsius, length of the growing period, reliable growing days and high or low rainfall. "In all of these areas, food security is always an issue," said Philip Thornton, one of the study's authors and a senior scienti…

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED MANGO GROVE/ORCHARD MANAGEMENT IS THE "KEY" TO SURVIVAL FOR THE MANGO INDUSTRY

Biosphere

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia For other uses, see Biosphere (disambiguation).
false-color composite of global oceanic and terrestrial photoautotroph abundance, from September 1997 to August 2000. Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Centerand ORBIMAGE.




















Our biosphere is the global sum of all ecosystems.


 It can also be called the zone of life on Earth, a closed (apart from solar and cosmic radiation) and self-regulating system.