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A VISIT TO THE MANILA SEEDLING BANK ....

Secret Gardens at the Manila Seedling Bank Compound








I haven’t been posting articles lately since we are focusing on some home improvement activities. One project we started working on is converting a part of our house into a Traveler on Foot-themed patio where we plan to display souvenirs and mementoes we have brought home from our travels.











We are so inspired with the landscape we saw during our Viaje del Sol that we wanted to recreate the experience at home. A major characteristic of the gardens featured in Viaje de Sol destinations are the blending of nature and art in a rustic environment. Since we are not landscape artists or interior designers, we are doing this project based on the little “creativeness” we have in our hearts.







Since we are working on a patio overlooking a small garden, first thing on our to-do list is to get some ornamental plants. So during one rainy weekday last week, we headed for the Manila Seedling Bank compound in Quezon City to get planting supplies.









The Ma…

THE MANILA SEEDLING BANK: THE SOCIAL VALUE OF A MANGO TREE ...

Manila Seedling Bank – still greening it up


Moammar Gaddafi and Imelda Marcos, in a way, were behind the reforestation of many parts of Luzon.


It was May 1977 when Imelda visited Libya for the second time.


Her mission was to seek a steady oil supply from Libya.


Part of her itinerary was a visit to a large-scale, mechanized seedling nursery using the latest technology from Finland.


She was impressed with the concept instantly; by September, in time for the birthday of President Marcos, the Manila Seedling Bank was born, with the very same greenhouse technology from Finland that she saw in Libya.


The 7-hectare nursery and seedling center, right on the corner of EDSA and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City, has survived People Power and the years since, albeit without government support that was withdrawn in 1986, as with many projects linked to Mrs. Marcos.


Formerly supported by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Duty Free Shops of the Philippines, it was then the most modern plant nurser…

NASA DATA REVEALS THAT EARTH'S CLOUD COVERING IS CHANGING ....

Satellite Finds Earth's Clouds are Getting Lower
by Alan Buis for JPL
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 23, 2012




Data from NASA's MISR instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft show that global average cloud height declined by about 1 percent over the decade from 2000 to 2010, or around 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 meters). Additional image and chart here. Image credit: University of Auckland/NASA JPL-Caltech.





Earth's clouds got a little lower - about one percent on average - during the first decade of this century, finds a new NASA-funded university study based on NASA satellitedata. The results have potential implications for future global climate.



Scientists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand analyzed the first 10 years of global cloud-top height measurements (from March 2000 to February 2010) from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft.



The study, published recently in the journal GeophysicalResearch Letters, revealed an overal…

JUICY MANGOES ALLURE GETS PEOPLE IN TROUBLE IN THE CARIBBEAN ...

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by Indira Sammy

Mango season was upon us and mango trees everywhere were laden with sweet, rosy, delicious mangoes. The envy of the neighbourhood was old Mr. Peter. He had a huge starch mango tree in his yard. Every mango lover would agree that starch mango was the best. 

Mr. Peter hardly ever shared his mangoes. Every day he would fill a bag of tasty, ripe, starch mangoes and take it down to the market and sell it. This seemed to bother every little boy and girl on the street. 

Mum did not seem fazed by it at all; she said it was his livelihood. He sold the fruits and vegetables which he grew to earn money to support himself. I still felt he needed a better reason than that not to share. I lived one house away from Mr. Peter and night after night I would hear those juicy starch mangoes falling braps, braps, hitting Mr. Peter’s roof. It was torment, a form of torture. Why did Mr. Peter own the only starch mango tree in the neighbourhood? Why? 

“Sonny Boy, …

TAIWAN EXPANDS COMMITMENTS IN THE CARIBBEAN ...

Foreign Minister to Make Official Visit to St Kitts and Nevis


February 22, 2012 | 5:04 pm |







Above: PM Dr Denzil Douglas with Taiwanese Foreign Minister Timothy Chin-Tien Yang during a visit last year (Photo: CUOPM)




By the Caribbean Journal staff




Taiwanese Foreign Minister Timothy Chin-Tien Yang will lead a six-member delegation to St Kitts and Nevis on a three-day official visit next month.

The delegation will meet with St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas, Foreign Minister Sam Condor and pay a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Cuthbert Sebastian.

The two countries have been partnering on a number of projects in recent months, from a new agro-tourism project that broke ground last month to a solar panel pilot programme that provides green energy to government buildings in Basseterre.

Joining the Foreign Minister will be Chin-Mu Wu, director general of Taiwan’s Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, Shu-Hui Lee, the department’s section chief and several other …

MEXICO'S BIGGEST CHALLENGE ....

Can Mexico re-brand itself? By Len Freeman 
BBC News Drug-related violence in the resort of Acapulco has driven tourists away and put armed police and soldiers on the streets
Can you re-brand a country in the same way you might re-brand a packet of soap powder? Some in Mexico are hoping you can after the intensive media coverage of drug cartels, violence, murder and kidnappings in the country. Mexico's President Felipe Calderon has called in a British expert on country branding for advice, and the country's tourism industry is now headed by a man who has worked for some of the biggest consumer brands in the world. More than 47,500 people have been killed since 2006 in drug-related incidents, with the numbers of tourists and investors going to Mexico well down as a result. Flawed reputation Simon Anholt is an expert on the branding of countries. He thinks Mexico's image problems go much deeper than the negative reports of drug violence.

STUDIES HAVE PROVEN FOR MANY YEARS THAT IRRADIATING FRUIT MAKES COMMERCIAL SENSE ...

IMO NOTE:


With studies proving for the benefits of fruit irradiation from shelf life to food safety, the National Mango Board (NMB) has fought the science and  decided to over ride fact and go with emotion. Here is just one more example of the Science.






From 1997:


Irradiated Fruit, People are Buying

Christine M. Bruhn

Department of Food Science & Technology





A desire for novelty and good taste has driven

consumer purchase of high quality irradiated tropical

fruit from Hawaii. Irradiation offers new opportunities

for producers to extend the shelf life of fruits, ship

good quality produce from insect quarantine areas, and

possibly enhance food safety.


Irradiation exposes fruit to high levels of

energy from radioactive isotopes like Cobalt 60 or from

machines. Low level treatment does not affect food

nutritive value or wholesomeness, destroys insects, and

may extend shelf life. Irradiation is not appropriate for

all produce items, however its use is broader than

earlier thought.



In the past, Animal and P…

STUDY REVEALED THAT CLEARLY MARKED IRRADIATED PRODUCE OUTSOLD COMPETION ...

One of the most successful market trials of irradiated foods was carried out in 1991 in a small food store in Chicago, USA. 

Clearly labelled irradiated strawberries, oranges and grapefruits outsold their non-irradiated counterparts by a ratio of 9:1. 

In the following season, irradiated strawberries became the number one seller with the ratio expanding to 20:1 over the unirradiated product. 

This positive experience encouraged approximately 60 stores in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio to sell a variety of irradiated foods (Pszczola, 1992).


PROFESSIONAL AND MEDIA RECOGNITION OF FOOD IRRADIATION

The upsurge in support of food irradiation in the USA has been reflected in Position Statements from a number of professional bodies and media. 
Bodies such as the American Dietetic Association and American Medical Association support the use of irradiation to enhance the safety and quality of food and see their role as assisting in the education of consumers about the technology. 
Many sectors of the f…

10% OF MEXICO'S EXPORT MANGOES EXPECTED TO BE IRRADIATED THIS YEAR ...

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




www.mangoworldmagazine.blogspot.com






February 22, 2012



















Mexico's leading fresh fruit irradiation facility is expecting to process as much as 10% of the total mango export crop this year.













In a recent communication with the IMO, Arved Deecke, Managing Partner of BENEBION, Matehuala, Mexico, based USDA approved facility expressed that:


"Volumes might be as high as 30k tons this year (10% of all exports)"





When asked on the 21st of February by the IMO if the facility had begun processing mangoes, Mr. Deecke explained that the facility was still "a few days away from a strong start to the 2012 season."
The BENEBION irradiation facility was certified by USDA/APHIS officials at the end of last year's Mexican mango season.

Mr. Deecke is making plans to attend the IMO 4th GLOBAL MANGO CONFERENCE on June 29th, 2012 and will have much more data to share with attendees at that time.