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USA: Potential Dock worker's strike could reach from Northeast to Gulf of Mexico ...

Federal mediator will oversee meetings

Negotiators for the International Longshoremen’s Association and United States Maritime Alliance are scheduled to meet Wednesday to resume stalled contract bargaining under supervision of a federal mediator. The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is overseeing the talks, aimed at working out a contract covering ILA dockworkers

Longshoremen, employers to resume talks

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Port of Houston Authority and companies that handle or rely on containerized cargo shipments are watching contract negotiations between unionized dockworkers and the U.S. Maritime Alliance, which represents employers.

The International Longshoremen's Association said last month it was preparing for a possible strike on Oct. 1, the day after a master contract covering 14,500 jobs at more than a dozen ports on the East and Gulf coasts is set to expire.

The parties have been negotiating since March, according to the Maritime Alliance website, and re…

The Food Fight in Your Gut: Why Bacteria Will Change the Way You Think about Calories ...


By Ferris Jabr | September 12, 2012 

Campylobacter bacteria (Image by Agricultural Research Service, via Wikimedia Commons)

There’s a food fight in your guts. 

Not the Tater-Tot-chucking, spoonful-of-mashed potato-flinging, melee-in-the-cafeteria type of food fight. 

Rather, your intestines are the site of an ancient and complex war between your own cells and trillions of bacteria—a war over what happens to your food as it moves through your body. Some of the bacteria form genuine alliances with your intestinal cells, breaking down tough plant fibers that your cells cannot handle on their own, or chopping up lengthy caterpillar molecules into more digestible packages, in exchange for a portion of the day’s calories. 

Other bacteria lurk and loiter, sipping the nutrient-rich broth sloshing in your intestines as they wait for their chance to overrun your guts at the expense of your health

Every day, these microorganisms squabble amongst themselves for greater access to available n…

Russia reveals shiny state secret: It's awash in diamonds ...

'Trillions of carats' lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile-diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

By Fred Weir, Correspondent / September 17, 2012

A giant Russian national flag is on display near the Kremlin in central Moscow March 6.

Thomas Peter/REUTERS


Russia has just declassified news that will shake world gem markets to their core: the discovery of a vast new diamond field containing "trillions of carats," enough to supply global markets for another 3,000 years.

Fred Weir


Fred Weir has been the Monitor's Moscow correspondent, covering Russia and the former Soviet Union, since 1998.

The Soviets discovered the bonanza back in the 1970s beneath a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem.

They decided to keep it secret, and not to exploit it, apparently because the USSR's huge diamond operations at…


Will, I visited Toronto Canada over the weekend & here is my mango report:

Raul Bolanos of MEX Y CAN TRADING said the Mexican season finished earlier than normal this year.

 Demand for Brazilian fruit exceeds supplies. 

The quality on the first Brazil arrivals is excellent, see these photos: 

I have seen this fruit at Loblaws in Toronto and it looked magnificent.

Michelle Mary Komjathy

USA: For Every $1 Added to the Economy, Obama Added More Than $3 in Debt ...

September 17, 2012

AP Graphics

Since Obama has taken office ….
[through Q2 2012 for comparative purposes]

--> For every $1 added to the economy, we’ve added more than $3 in debt

--> added $5.23 trillion in debt vs. $1.68 trillion to the economy
--> 50% increase in debt vs. 12% increase in economic output

Total Public Debt:

$10,626T [Jan 20, 2009]
$15,856T [Jun 30, 2012]

--> $5.23 trillion increase in debt

[source: Treasury Dept]



$13,923T [Q1 2009]
$15,606T [Q2 2012]

--> $1.68 trillion increase in GDP

[source: BEA]

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Salmonella Outbreak in Mangoes May Be More Widespread than Previously Suspected ...

The FDA now warns that all mangoes bearing the "Daniella" label should be avoided.

By Andri Antoniades

September 16, 2012

The FDA recommends consumers check the labels on all of their mangoes. (Photo: Fotog/Getty Images)

Recently, TakePart reported that produce distributor Splendid Products issued a Salmonella recall of specific lots of its Daniella-brand mangoes after they sickened 105 people in 16 states.

This week the Food and Drug Administration discovered Salmonella contamination on the Mexican farms which grow Daniella-brand fruit. As of now, the agency is urging consumers to avoid all mangoes bearing the Daniella label―no matter their lot number― The Wall Street Journalreports.

The agency also warns that people who suspect they may have touched any of the Daniella-brand mangoes need to wash their hands thoroughly.

MORE: Major American Retailers Recall Salmonella-Tainted Mangoes

As a result of the FDA’s latest findings, the company known as Agricola Daniella has been placed on…

Consumer advocates worry that Americans are overloaded with recall messages...


Have We Reached Recall Fatigue?

By Clare Leschin-Hoar

June 20, 2012

Are you tuned in to all of the recalls happening around you? (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

In the last two months, the FDA issued recalls for items that included salmonella-laced yellowfin tuna strips; organic cacao nibs that might have been contaminated with E. coli; metal fragments that found their way into some boxed pasta mix products. Eaters with serious food allergies have added worries with a list of products pulled from the shelves because of errors like undeclared eggs or milk, or cross contamination with nuts.

Simply looking at the food category alone, the FDA has issued 41 recallssince late April. Broaden the view to include pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products and more, and U.S. consumers were on the receiving end of 2,363 recalls last year. That’s 6.5 recalls each day, according to a recent story in USA Today—a 14 percent jump since 2010.

Some experts say the volume is resulting in “recall f…


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Eryvan Pires, Fruitmarket:

EU: "Brazilian mango season finally starting to get going"

"The Brazilian mango season is finally starting to get going. So far 6% more mangoes have been exported from Brazil compared to the same period last year. The blooming period went according to plan. There are more volumes due to the good weather. In the Brazil there are increasing sales. It depends per variety whether or not the production has increased. Tommy and Palmer increased and the numbers of Kent and Keitt remained the same," says Eryvan Pires of Fruitmarket.

Brazil started calmly

"The main problem this year was the weak moments in the market," says the importer. The Brazilian season didn't start well this season. At the start of August the shipments to Europe started and a few weeks after that the shipments to the United States. The markets in Europe weren't quite ready and the prices were very bad. This meant that the exporters focused themselves more on th…