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FORECASTERS CALLING FOR A CHANGE IN WEATHER PATTERN ...

NASA Sees Repeating La Nina Hitting its Peak


by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 19, 2012


The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-2 satellite shows that the current La Nina is peaking in intensity. Yellows and reds indicate areas where sea surface height is higher than normal (due to warm water), while blues and purples depict areas where sea surface height is lower than normal (due to cool water). Green indicates near-normal conditions. Image credit: NASA/JPL Ocean Surface Topography Team.



La Nina, "the diva of drought," is peaking, increasing the odds that the Pacific Northwest will have more stormy weather this winter and spring, while the southwestern and southern United States will be dry.



Sea surface height data from NASA's Jason-1 and -2 satellites show that the milder repeat of last year's strong La Nina has recently intensified, as seen in the latest Jason-2 image of the Pacific Ocean, available here.




The image is bas…

NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED TO CONNECT PRODUCE BUYERS & SELLERS ...

Hello Will,



I would like to personally invite you to join The Produce Hub .
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 The Produce Hub delivers a database platform that is designed to improve your everyday business correspondence.



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www.theproducehub.com

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This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to which they are addressed. I…

TWO MAJOR BANKRUPTCIES IN THE FOOD SECTOR IN USA COULD HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR MANGO DISTRIBUTORS ......

Dear Euler Hermes Business Partner,
Two multi-million dollar bankruptcy events have occurred over the past few days (below) in the produce/foodservice sector.  Many of the unsecured creditors listed in these filings extended large credit limits to the now bankrupt companies.  In addition to expanding credit limits to existing buyers and growing export receivables, a trade credit insurance program also protects you if an insolvency event occurs on a covered account.
Details of the recent filings:
Buffets Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Chapter 11, filed January 18, 2012) The Minnesota based company, which offers value-conscious chain dining, announced a restructuring agreement that it has reached with senior lenders holding 83% of its senior debt, which will recapitalize the Company while eliminating virtually all of its approximately $245 million of outstanding debt.  Many of these debts are unsecured creditors in the California food sector which had extended credit to the now bankrupy company…

MEXICO CURRENTLY HARVESTING MANILA MANGOES IN CHIAPAS ...

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






www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com










January 19, 2012











A conversation with Ricardo Hernandez of RH SHIPPING in Mexico reveals that southern Mexican state of Chiapas has begun harvesting Manila variety mangoes with a first truckload on it's way to Tijuana this weekend.




"I have a 20 ton truck booked for one grower who is shipping 840 master boxes of manila mango to the Tijuana wholesale market this Saturday" said Mr. Hernandez.









FIRST AIR SHIPMENTS TO EUROPE:











Mr. Hernadez explained that there will be some early shipments of Ataulfo from Chiapas to the European market as well.


Mexico enjoys excellent freight rates via the tourist charters that come to Cancun.











Cancun International Airport enjoys a minimum of 4 direct  flights to European destinations every week.
The airport in Cancun is very busy this time of year with produce being shipped to Europe.


Widebody aircraft come from destinations in Europe …

THE CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN THE AMAZON ARE UNEXPECTED ...

Permanent Address: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=amazon-rainforest-tranformation



Rainforest in Transition: Is the Amazon Transforming before Our Eyes?




A review suggests that the Amazon rainforest may be changing, courtesy of human impacts on the region's weather





By David Biello | Wednesday, January 18, 2012 


                                                                               RAINFOREST TO PASTURE: Deforestation, among other human impacts such as climate change, are having a rainforest-wide impact on the Amazon.Image: Courtesy of Compton Tucker, NASA GSFC









The Amazon rainforest is in flux, thanks to agricultural expansion and climate change. In other words, humans have "become important agents of disturbance in the Amazon Basin," as an international consortium of scientists wrote in a review of the state of the science on the world's largest rainforest published in Nature on January 19. (Scientific American is part of Nature Publishing Group.)…

BLAME IT ON THE WEATHER ?...2012 JUST ANOTHER CRAZY YEAR ...

Permanent Address: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=whats-causing-dry-winter



Jet Lag: What's Causing One of the Driest, Warmest Winters in History?







The jet stream controls winter weather, but strange forces are controlling the jet stream this season

By Mark Fischetti | Thursday, January 12, 2012 |















WEATHER MAKER: An unusual region of atmospheric pressure over the Arctic has kept the polar jet stream (green) locked up at far northern latitudes, causing a warm, dry U.S. winter.Image: Courtesy of NOAA








A little snow and rain are falling in a few states today, but the 2011–12 winter has been extremely warm and dry across the continental U.S. Meteorologists think they have figured out why.




First, a few records: The initial week of January was the driest in history. And more than 95 percent of the U.S. had below-average snow cover—the greatest such percentage ever recorded—according to some intriguing data maps generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. D…

R.I.P. : MICHAEL ALLEN (MIKE) PREVOR

Long time friend and mentor to many in the Produce Industry, "Mike" Prevor passed away on January 15, 2012.


IMO Executive Director, Will Cavan considered himself among many of Mike's friends.


They first met in the summer of 1989, and enjoyed a commercial relationship that lasted until PREVOR MARKETING INTERNATIONAL (PMI)was sold.


During the early 1990s AMBROSIA de COLOMBIA, LTDA was the exclusive agent for PMI in Colombia.


We shared the "hay days" of the Polly Peck run, when PMI was a sister company of Del Monte Produce among other companies.


PMI, with Mike's vision was a leader in international trade.




During many visits over the year's, Mike's wonderful sense of humor and his vision were his trademark.


It was a pleasure to spend time with Mike and his sons discussing the industry that we all love so very much.


A friendship with Mike's sons Barry and Jim has gone beyond the commercial relationship established in 1989 and while not as frequent as the aut…

LA RESPUESTA QUE NECESITA LA INDUSTRIA DE MANGO ....

Bekuplast lanza caja plegable con chip RFID




Bekuplast, el productor alemán de cajas de plástico, ha desarrollado una gama de productos importantes, que consisten en cajas que se han desarrollado especialmente para las exigencias de calidad en la logística de productos frescos. 

En la Feria Fruit Logistica Bekuplast presentará una caja especial plegable para productos frescos, que es muy adecuada para sistemas dinámicos orderpick de almacenamiento en un almacenamiento automático de piezas pequeñas.






Según la compañía esto es posible gracias al fondo especial de la caja que tiene una curva mínima cuando está cargada y es también conveniente para los sistemas de empuje moderno. 

Así como también está equipada con un chip RFID que ofrece posibilidades óptimas para el seguimiento de envíos. "El sistema patentado Lift-Lock de la caja hace un manejo ergonómico cuando está desdoblada", informa la empresa. El sistema de bloqueo, el cierre fiable y las buenas propiedades de apilamiento p…

DONATE TO PHILANTHROPER AND SAVE A LIFE...$1.00 (ONE) DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE ...

Thursday,  January 19th Want to print your 2011 taxes? Log in and go to your account page. $1 Buys a Whole Week of Lunches
for a Student in Peru
If a girl in Peru has just seven years of education, she'll marry four years later than her peers and have two less children - all of which makes her far less likely to live in poverty.  Peruvian Hearts helps girls of Peru by sponsoring education and offering career mentorships. But beyond that, they offer a very basic service that keeps both girls and boys in Peru stay in school. They feed them lunch.  "We feed, probably between 300-400 children a day, a nutritious lunch and am multivitamin," says Executive Director Danny Dodson. "We have a nutritionist, so she creates the menu that varies day to day. There's some sort of protein - chicken or fish - beans, vegetables and rice." $1 feeds a student for a whole week. $4 for a month. $8 for two months. And, well, there are no restrictions on today's deal, so you can…

GERMAN RESEARCH GROUP QUESTIONS THE VIABILITY OF SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES ...

A glance at global mitigation potentials shows that changes in agriculture and land use, including deforestation in tropical areas, currently account for one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions.



FAO figures reveal that 70% of the agricultural mitigation potential can be realized in developing countries.
However, globally, three-quarters of all malnourished people depend on agriculture and would be directly affected by international mitigation agreements aimed at agriculture.



Against this background, MISEREOR would like to share two new papers with you. They examine whether the so called climate smart agriculture solutions No-Till and Biochar actually lead to climate-friendly and equitable agriculture with a clear commitment to a pro-poor approach.



They show that their potential to sequester carbon are far overestimated while at the same time, their potential to ensure food security and sustainable development is rather low or, regarding biochar, even contra productive.



No-till agricul…