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TIME FOR A "BROWN REVOLUTION" FOCUSING ON SOIL TYPES...

Son of Warren Buffet...

Howard Buffett Foundation hopes to inspire new, soil-focused approach to helping African farmers end hunger




By Associated Press, Wednesday, October 12, 12:20 AM


OMAHA, Neb. — The world needs to focus on the needs of African farmers and not impose on them what works on American farms if a solution to hunger in sub-Sarahan African is to be realized, Howard Buffett said Wednesday at the World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Buffett said he does not oppose technology and what it can do to increase crop yields, but that genetically modified seeds are only one part of the system. Instead, he said, a variety of approaches are needed and more attention must be given to soil conditions.



“There are over 500 million small-scale farmers in Africa who don’t know how to plant properly, they cannot access them, oftentimes they cannot afford them, they may not even know what they need,” Buffett said.

He said using bio-tech seeds requires special training. He also said farm…

REMEMBRANCES OF THE MANGO SEASON FROM A PAKISTANI PERSPECTIVE..

The king of fruits

By Chauburji | Published: October 13, 2011





The mango season has come and gone, transporting me into a time where the appearance of this ‘King of Fruits’ was celebrated with much pomp and show. 

I inherited some knowledge about this oval-shaped source of unparalleled flavour from my grandfather, who was once the proud owner of a mango garden and who won one prize or another at the Agricultural Exhibition held in Lyallpur of yesteryears.

Cultivation of the mango plant originated in our part of the world about 4,000 years ago. The word mango was derived from the Tamil word mang-kay or man-gay and adopted by the first Portuguese colonists, who arrived in India. 

The mango tree is held sacred among Hindus even today, as a symbol of love and some believe that this tree can even grant wishes. Perhaps it is for this reason, why one can spot mango leaves hung over doorways in India on the occasion of Diwali and weddings.

As far as I am concerned, the 'King amongst these Kings&…

MEXICO'S MANGO COAST BUFFETED BY RAINS FROM FORMER HURRICANE...

Storm Jova drenches western Mexico

by Staff Writers
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 
(AFP) Oct 12, 2011


A woman wades through a flooded street in Mexico. Photo courtesy AFP.


Jova lost its hurricane status Wednesday but remained a deadly threat as a tropical storm, dumping torrential rain across much of Mexico's Pacific coast and triggering flooding and power cuts.

The weakened storm, which roared ashore in Jalisco state Tuesday as a category two hurricane, still packed a punch one day later, with sustained winds topping 100 kilometers (65 miles) per hour.

Jova uprooted trees and knocked down protective walls as it lashed western Mexico, with officials warning of flash floods and mudslides.

The storm was moving inland at about six miles (nine kilometers) per hour and was expected to weaken further, eventually dissipating on Thursday, but Jova's "heavy rainfall remains a major threat," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center reported in its latest bulletin.

The NHC said that despite …

CONFUSION OVER LAUNCH DATE FOR NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) WEB SITE...

" Now either this guy can't write very well...or the NMB can't make up their mind when to launch their new web site..." ~ Will Cavan, Executive Director, IMO

VERBATIM FROM THE PACKER NEWSPAPER:

Mango Board gears up for Fresh Summit 2011


10/12/2011 5:10:41 PM
Don Schrack






The National Mango Board, Orlando, Fla., planned to unveil its new website at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2011 Oct.14-17 in Atlanta.

The formal unveiling was planned for Oct. 15 as the board joins forces with the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas, Nogales, Ariz., for the annual networking and outreach reception at the Omni Hotel, according to a news release.

“This year we are proud to preview our new website with sections and features that the whole industry will find useful to their businesses on a daily basis,” William Watson, the board’s executive director, said in the release.

In addition to the new website, the networking and outreach reception will feature the board’s market…

IMAGES FROM ANUGA (GERMANY) ...THE WORLD'S LARGEST FOOD TRADE SHOW...

PEPSI COLA CHAIRMAN & CEO ADDRESSES THE BEVERAGE SECTOR WHICH INCLUDES MANGO JUICE...

From Interview...







With me today are Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's Chairman and CEO; Hugh Johnston, PepsiCo's CFO; John Compton, PepsiCo Americas Foods CEO; and Zein Abdalla, CEO of PepsiCo Europe. Indra will lead off today's call with a review of our overall performance. Hugh will cover the financials and our balance of the year outlook, and then we'll move on to Q&A.




Indra K. Nooyi




This morning, I'd like to give you my perspective on our third quarter performance, and share with you my thoughts on our progress against our key priorities. So let me start with our performance in the quarter. We grew global volume in both snacks and beverages, which combined with strong pricing, drove net revenue growth of 9%, excluding Wimm-Bill-Dann. Our global nutrition portfolio, which is a subset of our snacks and beverage business, grew revenues 8%, excluding acquisitions. Core division profit was up 6%, and core EPS was up 7%. We are encouraged by these volume and revenue gains. We …

KOREAN AIR INAUGURATES SEOUL - LOS ANGELES SERVICE ON A 380 ...

AIRBUS A 380 AT LAX TODAY
























SOUTH AMERICA SHIPPING LANES: ONE OF THE FEW BRIGHT SPOTS IN THE WORLD FOR SHIPPING LINES...

Ocean Carriers Consider New Capacity Cutbacks

JOC Staff | Oct 12, 2011 8:39AM GMT

The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story







Container lines expect capacity to be idled as peak season wanes



Struggling with sliding rates amid plentiful capacity on major world trade lanes, several container line executives say they are starting to consider whether to lay up some vessels in a search for greater supply-demand equilibrium.

“If we have to do it, we will do it, yes,” CMA CGM Executive Officer Rodolphe Saade said this week at The Journal of Commerce annual TPM Asia conference.

Several carriers have withdrawn trans-Pacific services recently after peak season surcharges failed to hold for any extended period and spot rates have slipped back, prompting a forecast from Alphaliner that carriers will lose a collective $300 million this year on the trade lane. 

Some believe losses on the trans-Pacific could be double that figure. Conditions for the carriers are even tougher on Asia-Europe lanes, where the…

SHIPPER FORCASTING IS THE "MISSING LINK" IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN...

Shippers Provide Carriers With Rolling Forecasts


JOC Staff | Oct 12, 2011 6:40AM GMT
The Journal of Commerce Online - News Story

Top 100 U.S. Importers/Exporters |
Container Lines |
Supply Chain Management |
Container Shipping





Major retailers say better communications aid capacity, inventory efforts

Several large shippers say they are now providing rolling forecasts of their demand outlook to improve coordination with ocean carriers following supply and demand disconnects in recent years.

Officials at Wal-Mart, Sears and Electrolux told The Journal of Commerce’s annual Trans-Pacific Maritime Asia conference this week the forecasts are aimed at allowing container lines to better plan their operations, and to ensure they have capacity in place in when needed.

Forecasting is the missing link here,” Rob Kusiciel, vice president of inland transportation at Wal-Mart told the Shenzhen event. “We spent a lot of effort in the last two years looking at what is important for vessel operators, so we ha…

HOW "BIG AG" CORPORATE AGRICULTURE MANIPULATES THE "ORGANIC" LABEL...

Who Owns Organic








The latest update of major corporate ownership and involvement in the organic food sector is now out. The chart graphically focuses on the organic brands with ties to the top 25 food processors in North America. You can view a full-size version of the latest chart by clicking here.


Dr. Phil Howard, an Assistant Professor at Michigan State, is responsible for the creation and updating of the organic food business chart. He teaches in the University’s Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies program.

Dr. Howard has now created a new graphically animated version of consolidation occurring in the organic food sector between 1995 and 2007. You can view this by clicking on this link:
http://www.msu.edu/~howardp/OrganicIndustry.mov

Dr. Howard’s first organic food sector chart, from 2002 (the date the USDA’s organic standards were implemented), offers an interesting comparison of the dramatic changes that have taken place with organics over the past 4 years. You can…

BRAZIL MANGO FINALLY DOMINATES USA VOLUME...EXPECT PRICES TO PICK UP BEFORE ECUADOR VOLUME COMES IN...

"The USDA data for Mexico is correct, The Brazil data the USDA is using is off by one week on average...today's data (10/12) from the IMO BLOG reveals that USA volume imported in October (6&7) was actually 344,652 cartons...look for Brazil fruit to finally drive the market. There should be a two week window with higher FOBs for Brazil fruit until Ecuador volume starts coming in..." Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO) Vista, California
www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com



U.S. Import Volume
Per Week
Weekly report for date range: October 1, 2011 through October 31, 2011Export to Excel


Commodity NameOrigin NameWeek EndingDistrictPoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSBRAZIL10/01/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)2,865,830325,663MANGOSBRAZIL10/08/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)563,85164,074MANGOSBRAZIL10/08/2011IMPORTS THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA/TAMPA101,72011,559Total


3,531,401401,296MANGOSMEXICO10/01/2011MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH OTAY MESA19,3862…

MEXICO MANGO IMPORTS OUTNUMBERED BRAZIL TWO TO ONE DURING SEPTEMBER USDA DATA REVEALS...

While everyone was focusing on Brazil imports during the month of September, Mexico managed to ship double the volume into the USA market according to USDA import data....






U.S. Import Volume
Per Week
Weekly report for date range: September 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011Export to Excel

Commodity NameOrigin NameWeek EndingDistrictPoundsBoxes of 8.8 lbsMANGOSBRAZIL09/03/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)2,364,041268,641MANGOSBRAZIL09/10/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)1,736,464197,325MANGOSBRAZIL09/17/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)1,728,892196,465MANGOSBRAZIL09/24/2011IMPORTS THROUGH HOUSTON432,98649,203MANGOSBRAZIL09/24/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)54,1736,156MANGOSBRAZIL09/24/2011IMPORTS THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA/TAMPA50,8605,780MANGOSBRAZIL10/01/2011IMPORTS THROUGH NEWARK-ELIZABETH (NJ)2,865,830325,663Total


9,233,2461,049,233MANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC09/03/2011IMPORTS THROUGH SOUTH FLORIDA/TAMPA43,0914,897MANGOSDOMINICAN REPUBLIC09/17/2011IMPORTS THROUG…

TOMMY ATKINS FROM MEXICO (??) STILL AVAILABLE IN SOUTH FLORIDA SUPERMARKET...

These Pictures of Tommy Atkins from Mexico (??) were taken at FARMERS MARKET Supermarket in Boca Raton, Florida.
Photos courtesy of Juan Pablo Lozano of J.P. Imports,           Boca Raton, Florida




ISRAELI KEITT MANGOES ON THE EUROPEAN MARKET...

STUDY FINDS THAT FRESH (NOT HWT) MANGOES ARE AMONG THE BEST FRUITS FOR HEALTH VALUE...

Health News


Guava 'the ultimate superfood'

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but not for as long as a guava, mango or pomegranate, according to a new study.



Dr Sreeramulu said his team were surprised but delighted to discover one of India's cheapest fruits offered the greatest health benefits Photo: ALAMY


By Dean Nelson, New Delhi

3:23PM BST 12 Oct 2011





A series of tests on Indian fruits, including Himalayan apples and pomegranates, bananas from the south, grapes from Maharashtra, found the guava, exotic in Europe but a poor man's fruit in India, to be the ultimate superfood with the highest concentration of antioxidants which protects against cell damage which ages skin and can cause cancer.


Next after the guava, was the Indian plum, grown in orchards established by British planters in the Himalayan foothills, the custard apple and India's beloved mangoes, which make its scorching summers more bearable in June and July.


The scientists from India's National Insti…

CANARY ISLANDS DUE FOR A "SHAKER" THAT COULD UNLEASH DEVASTATING TSUNAMI...

Could a Mega-Tsunami Wipe Out the Eastern Seaboard?
by Staff Writers
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 12, 2011


The tsunami's probable trajectory within 5 hours of the collapse of Cumbre Vieja.



As scientists have been baffled by earthquakes in the U.S. and a tsunami in Japan, there is one thing some of them seem to agree on - something really bad is about to happen and it's going to happen soon.

That's the news uncovered by New York Times best-selling novelist Steve Alten from the research he performed for his new book, Phobos: Mayan Fear, a fictional tale of the Mayan 2012 doomsday prediction.

His story incorporates the very real existence of a volatile volcano in the Canary Islands that some scientists believe could pose a catastrophic threat to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.  What's worse is that many believe the volcano is close to erupting.

"Scientists have been tracking this since 2001," said Alten.

"Ten years ago, Dr. Simon Day, of the Benfield Greig Ha…

JOURNAL OF COMMERCE (JOC) INDICATORS ARE POINTING DOWN...WILL MANGO SHIPPERS PAY ATTENTION ???...

From the desk of PAUL PAGE, Editorial Director, The Journal of Commerce


While economists and international trade observers have been debating contradictory data on the direction of the U.S. economy for months, one measure has been unwavering: the Economic Cycle Research Institute's index of Weekly Leading Indicators, an aggregation of numbers that includes The Journal of Commerce-ECRI Industrial Price Index. 

The much-watched WLI has been progressing downward at an unrelenting pace since last spring, a steady path that leads ECRI economists to an inevitable conclusion: "The U.S. economy is indeed tipping into a new recession. And there's nothing that policymakers can do to head it off."

 Others, while not necessarily predicting a recession, certainly are
ratcheting down their forecasts. 

Retailers and other importers remain cautious in the face of wobbly consumer sentiment, and international ocean and air carriers expect no better than a modest peak season for holiday s…

LA NMB Y SU ROL DE PRONOSTICADOR....

México, Brasil y Ecuador
Análisis de exportaciones de mango hacia Estados Unidos

La National Mango Board afirmó que durante la primera semana de octubre, el volumen de mangos que ingreso a los Estados Unidos fue de aproximadamente 826,535 cajas representando el 9,4% menos que la última semana de septiembre.


Mexico fue uno de los países que disminuyó el volúmen de exportación de mangos durante la primera semana de el presente mes. Enviando 67,551 cajas durante dicho periodo, lo cual representa el 69% menos en comparación a la Semana 39. 

Para la semana pasada se estimaba un volumen de 60,000 cajas de bananos importados a Estados Unidos. 

Una de las razones por las cuales los volumenes de Mexico han bajado en gran proporción es por la llegada del final de su temporada, la cual acabo la semana pasada con aproximadamente 55.7 millones de cajas.


Tal como asegura La National Mango Board, se cree que las variedades más importante para el 2011 sean Tommy Atkins (35%), Ataulfo (26%), Kent (22%) y Ke…