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PLANET EARTH: Bizarre 2012 earthquake signals birth of world's newest tectonic plate ...

After millions more years of similar earthquakes, the ruptures will begin to favor a particular path, giving rise to a new plate boundary, and separating today's existing plate into two.

By Andrea Mustain, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer / September 27, 2012

The earthquake that struck Sumatra was a big one. Here's how it compares to some record holders.

On the afternoon of April 11, 2012, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded — and now revealed to be among the weirdest — struck in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sumatra

It's a region all too familiar with geological catastrophe.

Eight years earlier, in December 2004, the third largest earthquake on record had ripped through a nearby region of the ocean floor. The magnitude-9.1 earthquake and the monstrous tsunami that soon followed killed more than 227,000 people in 14 countries,

So when a magnitude-8.7 earthquake (some put the magnitude at 8.6) shook the Indonesian island on that Wednesday aftern…

FDA Issues Roundup of Mango Recalls Linked to Salmonella Outbreak ...


BY NEWS DESK | SEP 27, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a roundup of all recalled mangoes from the Mexican company whose fruits have been linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. 

Many have been listed individually in prior recalls, but this announcement lists the four U.S. distributors who imported the recalled mangoes and all of the companies who have filed secondary recall announcements with FDA. 

These four U.S. distributors - two in California and two in Texas - imported mangoes from Agricola Daniella, a Sinaloa, Mexico-based company that owns several farms and one packing house there. 

Mangoes from the company have now been named as the likely source of a Salmonella Braenderup outbreak that has sickened 121 people in the U.S. and 21 people in Canada to date.

The distributors named in this latest mango update -- issued Thursday -- include:

 Coast Citrus Distributors, Inc. of San Diego, CA, 

Food Source Inc. of Edinburg, TX, 

GM Produce Sales of Hidal…


“She’ll never eat another mango again.”

Not after eating One with Salmonella anyway....

Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:53

Now, that should get the mango industry’s attention.

JoNel Aleccia of NBC News wrote “Mangoes placed on import alert; 121 sick in U.S.,” after speaking with the daughter of my client Dorothy Pearce.

As we all know now, mangoes from a Mexican supplier with several plantations and a single packinghouse have been tied to an outbreak of Salmonella Braendreup infections that has sickened 121 people in 15 U.S. states and sent 25 to the hospital. It also sickened 21 in Canada. 

One of those victims is 92-year-old Dorothy Pearce of Stanwood, Washington who was hospitalized for 10 days after eating mango, a favorite fruit since childhood, her daughter said:

“She’s been really, really sick,” said Trisha Pearce, 59, the daughter of Dorothy who is suing Splendid Products of Burlingame, Calif., the distributor that recalled mangoes sold nationwide on August 29. 

“My mother doesn’t cr…



SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego County Water Authority has announced a tentative agreement to buy the entire output of what will be the Western Hemisphere's largest seawater desalination plant.

Thursday's deal clears the way for construction to begin on the $900 million plant in Carlsbad.

When completed the plant is expected to produce 50 million gallons a day, enough to supply about 7 percent of the San Diego region.

The agreement is subject to approval by the water authority board. The developer — Poseidon Resources LLC — would sell bonds to pay for more than 80 percent of construction.

The plant is expected to be completed in 2016.


7D: The world's best dehydrated mango products from the Philippines ...

A Note from the Mango Lady

Hi Mango Friends,

Maybe it's the busy-ness of the early fall, but whenever we get to late September I always start to think about mid-winter holidays. You know, those times on a hot beach, lazily relaxing in a tropical hammock or poolside chair with a book in hand and the sound of waves in the background... Ahhhhh...

Fall in our home is a snap back to reality I guess. Sports schedules, school work, church activities, new work projects, business trips... Food becomes a big item in conversation within all of this craziness as lunches are made, family dinner recipes are considered and breakfasts are scarfed down. All the while trying to maintain a good assortment of nutrition.

An addition to our morning efforts in this healthy eating department has been a Simple Power Oatmeal with Dried Mango recipe. I have posted it in our Recipes & Resources area. This Oatmeal has kept me satisfied throughout busy mornings when snacking is a time luxury. Plus it is fantas…

Venezuela's Election: The Fix Is In

Hemisphere Focus

By Stephen Johnson

SEP 24, 2012

Some 19 million Venezuelan voters will be called to the polls on October 7 to elect a president for a new six-year term. 

 It has been portrayed by the media as a David and Goliath contest between challenger Henrique Capriles, a telegenic 40-year old former mayor and governor of Miranda state, and President Hugo Chávez, first elected in 1998 on a platform to clean up corruption, but whose 13 years in power have come to symbolize the term. 

 To be sure, there are five other candidates, but none are as popular as Chávez and Capriles.

Toward any other country of 28 million people, there might not be a heightened interest. 

 However, Venezuela is home to the world's largest oil reserves besides Saudi Arabia; the current president has changed the constitution and laws to promote his longevity in power and has adopted a policy of hostility toward the United States, while cementing relations with regimes in Cuba, North Korea, and particularly Ira…


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Newsflash: Maersk upping ante in reefer business ...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Newsflash: Maersk upping ante in reefer business

Maersk Line Chief Executive Officer Soren Skou said Tuesday at a refrigerated logistics conference in Antwerp that his company plans to hike reefer rates by roughly 30 percent on a global basis from Jan 1, 2013.

The increase, which translates to $1,500 per FEU on average globally, is necessary to account for stagnating rates on reefer trades despite growing costs to manufacture reefer boxes and operate reefer services, Skou said.

The announcement comes after a period in which Maersk has withdrawn reefer-intensive services from South America to North America (the Spondylus) and Europe (the Andean) due to a lack of profitability.

Skou said in the last seven years reefer rates failed to keep pace with inflation, much less bunker costs. He said reefer rates have risen 2 percent annually, while inflation has grown at 4 percent and bunker costs 18 percent.

That also doesn't factor in the cost of invest…

Why is Brazil the new America? Hint: water.

While the US farm belt is mining its groundwater, Brazil is expanding production and lowering the cost of raising food.

By James Dale Davidson, Contributor / September 26, 2012

Workers harvest soybeans on a farm in Correntina, Bahia, in Brazil in this 2010 file photo. Brazil is expanding production and lowering costs at a time when America's heartland is struggling with drought and the long-term loss of groundwater.

Paulo Whitaker/Reuters/File

Drive around and take a good look at the worst drought in half a century. Remind yourself as you look at the desiccated fields that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted a record corn crop for 2012. 

It didn’t turn out that way. 

Current best estimates are that the US corn crop will fall by one-sixth. As a consequence, the price of corn has risen by 60 percent to an all-time high. Meanwhile, this year’s corn crop in Brazil is up 27 percent year-over-year. 

Brazil’s farmers are growing rich as American farmers go broke.

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FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY: Fruit Caps help protect fruit during shipment

As a company that focuses on providing logistical solutions for fresh produce shippers, Green Sky, a Mexico-based company, has started producing fruit caps for the export of delicate fruit.

“We're now producing fruit caps for mangoes, papayas and melons,” said Director and CEO of Green Sky, Arturo Hernandez. The caps are manufactured in Green Sky's factory in the northern part of Mexico City and are supplied to produce exporters through Green Sky and their affiliated company, Hecart.

The primary benefit of the cap is that it cuts down on damage incurred to fruit during transport because it cups individual pieces of fruit with protective padding. It's also made of completely recyclable material and is very cheap to manufacture, thus cutting down on its cost and environmental footprint.

“The price added by including a fruit cap is very little,” said Hernandez. “It adds roughly five cents to the shipment cost, but it provides so much protection that it's worth it.” 

He added …