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SOUTHEAST STARTS TO PAY ATTENTION AS TROPICAL STORM "EMILY" GATHERS STRENGTH OVER HISPANOLA...

Southeast US Should Watch Emily Closely


By Meghan Evans, Meteorologist
Aug 2, 2011; 2:30 PM ET


Visible satellite image of Tropical Storm Emily over the Caribbean Sea Tuesday afternoon.

Tropical Storm Emily has formed in the Atlantic, and the Southeast U.S. should watch this storm closely since it may become a major contender by the weekend.

The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center has the latest stats on Emily.

The storm has been slow to strengthen thus far due to a large amount of dry air in the atmosphere.

"The system is being impeded by dry air to the north," according to Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. "Vertical cross sections of the storm and along its forecast path suggest this dry air will continue to keep the storm from intensifying at a faster pace."

The interaction of the storm with higher terrain of the Caribbean Islands will also act as an inhibiting factor in the coming days. Because of these factors, any strengthening that occurs while the sto…

A COMMENTARY ON THE CULTURE THAT ALLOWS THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) TO ACT AS IF HOT WATER TREATED MANGOES WERE THE SAME AS FRESH !!!...THE WORST PART IS THAT THE USDA CONDONES SUCH BEHAVIOUR...

August 2, 2011, 8:10 PM


Can Big Food Regulate Itself? Fat Chance

By MARK BITTMAN





Mark Bittman on food and all things related.

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ADVERTISING, CHILDREN,FOOD, HEALTH, MARKETING,NUTRITION





Life would be so much easier if we could only set our own guidelines. 

You could define the average weight as 10 pounds higher than your own and, voilà, no more obesity! 

You could raise the speed limit to 90 miles per hour and never worry about a ticket. 

You could call a cholesterol level of 250 “normal” and celebrate with a bag of fried pork rinds. (You could even claim that cutting government spending would increase employment, but that might be going too far.) 


You could certainly turn junk food into something “healthy.”

A Happy Meal with a piece of apple is still a box of branded, overpriced junk food.



That’s what the food industry is doing.

Back in May I wrote about the voluntary guidelines for marketing junk food to kids developed by an interagency group headed by the Federal Trade Commission. 

These non…

THE SHOW THE RESTAURANT WORLD IS TALKING ABOUT: ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S TRIBUTE TO "EL BULLI"...FAMOUS QUOTES FROM THE TRAVEL CHANNEL SPECIAL...

THE QUOTABLE BOURDAIN

SPAIN


The elBulli Episode of No Reservations: Just the One-Liners



Tuesday, August 2, 2011, by Paula Forbes







[Photo: Travel Channel]


Anthony Bourdain promised this elBulli episode of No Reservations would make "Bleeping history," and the meal certainly appears to be mind-blowing (Bourdain's jaw actually drops wide open at one point). Said Bourdain in a recent interview: "I think they will be remembered, and Ferran in particular, of course, as leaders, thinkers, pioneers, chefs, and revolutionary figures."

Below, all kinds of Spanish food and many, many high fives. 

Now, on to the Quotable Bourdain (and, making a guest appearance, the Quotable Andrés) — feel free to add your picks in the comments below.

1) Bourdain on his preconceptions of elBulli the first time he ate there: "I like being wrong about things."


2) Bourdain on the traditions of Spanish cuisine: "Wherever you are in Spain, wherever you come from, life begins — and ofte…

TAKE YOUR PICK...WHICH OF THESE NAMES WOULD YOU CHOOSE..AS "WORST" NAME FOR A RESTAURANT ???...ZAGAT NARROWED IT DOWN FOR YOU...

by Kelly Dobkin

We’ve rounded up some of the worst restaurant names we can find – silly, sexually suggestive, potty referencing and all – but we ran into trouble deciding which name was the absolute worst. That's where you come in! 

Check out the list below and then vote on which restaurant name you think has the most unfortunate moniker. We'll announce a winner at the end of the week based on your votes. 


Get ready to cringe!


Asellina

This Italian eatery at the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel in NYC has a name that probably means something beautiful in Italian, but in English suggests an unappetizing reference to a not-so-sanitary part of the human anatomy. Personally, we don't want to think about anyone's a*s anywhere near our food.



Beaver Choice

When we saw the name of this Arizona Scandanavian eatery, we couldn't help but think to ourselves: beaver...huh-huh. Good name, guys – we all know how much beavers love Scandanavian food.



Big Wong

This Manhattan Chinese restaurant …

TOP MEXICAN HOT WATER PACKING SHEDS AS OF AUGUST 01, 2011

By Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)
Vista, California






August 02, 2011




Recent data compiled by Mexico's Hot water packing shed association (EMEX) reveals that through the end of July 2011, Mexico has shipped 46,585,239 (4kg) cartons to USA.


Last season's numbers were roughly 4 million cartons less at 42,662,265 through the same period.


Mexico was able to ship it's first Hot water treated fruit earlier than anytime in the past six seasons and almost one month earlier than last year.


This season Mexico shipped it's first commercial shipment of mangoes on the 22nd of January2011,  as opposed to last season, when the first Mexican mangoes were shipped on the 15th of February 2010.


If the alternating cycle holds true, expect a later start next February, which would be a blessing for Peruvian exporters, who were blind sided by Mexico's early start this year and Peruvian poor market forecasting which flooded the USA market as early as March.


The t…

NEW STUDY EXAMINES THE "ROOT OF THE PROBLEM" IN UNDERSTANDING CARBON TRANSFER...

The Root of the Problem


New research suggests that the flow of carbon through plants to underground ecosystems may be crucial to how the environment responds to climate change.

By Richard D. Bardgett | August 1, 2011


CORBIS, MICHAEL POLE


Human beings have inexorably altered the world’s ecosystems. We’ve plowed and seeded more than 40 percent of the Earth’s land surfaces, introduced alien species into new territories, poured carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, disrupted natural climate cycles, and polluted aquatic ecosystems with excessive nitrogen and other contaminants.

These far-reaching changes have spurred scores of researchers to examine the impacts of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, and to devise management strategies that might lessen the damage. Scientists have scoured ecosystems from the ocean’s depths to the highest mountain peaks searching for signals of global change. 

But only recently has this attention extended under the Earth’s surface to the …