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Showing posts from September 29, 2012


What's cooking on farms?
Tree diversity for health, fuel and nutrition
At the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Hyderabad, India 17 October 2012, 1815 - 1945 hrs, Room 1.02 - Level 1 – Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC)
Tropical agroforests harbour great diversity both among and within tree species, an attribute that is of immense value to smallholders for the food, fuel and medicines these ecosystems provide, among other products. Tree foods such as fruits and vegetables provide important nutrients. The biochemical profiles of many tree products are better than those of staple crops, although the nutritional value of many indigenous species remains unknown. Trees also provide fodder for animals, boosting dairy and meat production.Wood and charcoal are the most important energy sources for cooking in many parts of the world, but the choice of tree is important to reduce the risk of respiratory diseases caused by smoke inhalation.Tra…

Billion Dollar German Seaport Project Completed ...

By Germany Trade and Invest

Published: Friday, Sep. 28, 2012 - 6:24 am

BERLIN and ATLANTA, Georgia, September 28, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ --

Supply chain and logistics businesses set to profit, say Germany Trade & Invest experts at this year's Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Conference in Atlanta

After nearly a decade of planning and construction, one of Germany's largest infrastructure megaprojects is now complete. The JadeWeserPort in Wilhelmshaven opened last week to jumbocontainer ships. Germany Trade & Invest experts will be on hand at this year's CSCMP Annual Global Conference from September 30 - October 3 in Atlanta to share the significance of this development and highlight business opportunities in Germany.

"The opening of JadeWeserPort marks yet another contribution to Germany's outstanding air, road, rail, and sea transport infrastructure. Supply chain, logistics companies and other businesses based in Germany can benefit from s…


USA ECONOMY: The Magnitude of the Mess We're In ...

The next Treasury secretary will confront problems so daunting that even Alexander Hamilton would have trouble preserving the full faith and credit of the United States.

By George P. Shultz, Michael J. Boskin, John F. Cogan, Allan H. Meltzer and John B. Taylor

Sometimes a few facts tell important stories. The American economy now is full of facts that tell stories that you really don't want, but need, to hear.

Where are we now?

Did you know that annual spending by the federal government now exceeds the 2007 level by about $1 trillion? 

With a slow economy, revenues are little changed. 

The result is an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, $1.3 trillion in 2011, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year. The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household.

The amount of debt is one thing. The burden of interest payments is another. The Treasury now has a preponderance of its debt issued in very short-term…