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The Fruit Hunters - Clip 1 : Willy Wonka's Factory ....

Published on Nov 5, 2012 by Eyesteelfilmdistr

A first taste of The Fruit Hunters, in Canadian Theaters, November 23, 2012.

In this clip, actor Bill Pullman and fruit expert Ken Love explore the Hawaiian forest for a fruit tasting session.

Exotic fruit obsessives, adventurers and movie star Bill Pullman are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, the dizzying new film from director Yung Chang (Up the Yangtze, China Heavyweight). A cinematic odyssey through nature and commerce, The Fruit Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat but how we view our relationship to the natural world.


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Registration Now Open for 2013 Produce Inspection Programs ...

November 5, 2012 Registration Now Open for 2013 Produce Inspection Programs
Produce Quality Training, Hands-On Instruction United Fresh, in partnership with the USDA-AMS, will offer three courses of its popular Produce Inspection Training Program in 2013. These hands-on training sessions are designed to help produce industry members better understand the breadth of the total produce inspection process. The program is offered in two specialized courses: Fundamentals of Produce Inspection and Commodity Labs.The Fundamentals of Produce Inspection focuses on topics such as inspection essentials, the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (PACA), sampling procedures, and general market principles. The three-day Commodity Labs segment takes place in the lab and applies the principals learned to real product inspections. Each Commodity Labs will cover grapes, lettuces, potatoes, strawberries and tomatoes – plus up to seven additional commodities!The following course options are available in the …

China's economic destiny in doubt after leadership shock ...

The forces of reaction and economic folly threaten to prevail in China. The long political arm of Jiang Zemin has reached out from the shadows to thwart reform, with huge implications for Asia and the world.

Hu Jintao (L) And Jiang Zemin Attend the 100th Anniversary Of China's 1911 Revolution. The 86-year Mr Jiang -- who rose to supreme leader on the bones of Muxidi and Tiananmen in 1989 -- has placed his accolytes in charge of the economy, propaganda, as well as the Shanghai party machine. Photo: Getty Images

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, International business editor

5:00PM GMT 04 Nov 2012

If reports from the Hong Kong press and China's blogosphere are correct, a remarkable upset has occurred on the eve of the ten-year power shift next week -- the greatest turn-over of top cadres since Mao's revolution.

The South China Morning Post says the new line-up of the Politburo's Standing Committee is "packed with conservatives". The succession deal agreed over the summer …


 AMHPAC looks to ’smoking gun’ traceability

November 5th, 2012

Recent food safety scares involving papayas and mangoes have had detrimental impacts on Mexican growers, who for the most part have been following the correct sanitary procedures. 

For Mexican Association of Protected Horticulture (AMHPAC) CEO Eric Viramontes, the problem comes down to an inability to track unsafe products to a common source. At the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit in California, he told about strict traceability standards his association will have in place by August, 2013.

Eric Viramontes

Viramontes says the approach to food safety crises has been an evolving process, but AMHPAC is about to speed it up a notch with five standards its members must meet by Aug.1, 2013.

“Most of these situations in terms of food safety , are controversial because there has never been really a smoking gun to determine where the problem is – there has never been a link saying here’s the pro…


Fruit flies threaten production, exports

5th November 2012

Tanzania earns about USD35m from exports of fruits and flowers annually, according to statistics from the Bank of Tanzania, but Bactrocera invadens, a destructive pest commonly referred to as the fruit fly, has been undermining their production.

With its origins in Asia, it was first found in Tanzania and Kenya in 2003 but the pest has since then rapidly spread to at least 24 countries in the region. This very pest may make oranges in the country face a ban from exports as did mango and avocados in the past.

The latter two were banned from export to Europe, US and South Africa, in an outlaw that resulted in sales decline from 11,303.46 tonnes in the 2009/10 financial year to 46.66 tonnes in 2011/12.

To combat the crisis, through the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Mango Phase 11 project, fruit flier management starter kits have been donated to mango growers in Tanzania by the Kenya based International Centre f…


It's in season now: Mangoes

From: National Features
November 05, 2012 6:00PM

Chicken and mango noodle salad. Picture: Newslifemedia

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THAT first distinctive taste of summer, delicious mangoes, are upon us.

While small, the first mangoes of the season have arrived in stores for a few dollars - or even better for about $10 a box at wholesale markets or roadside stalls.

While we think of it as a tropical fruit and the current crop is from Darwin, there are some growers as far south as Victoria.

Be on the lookout for varieties such as the popular kensington pride as well as calypso, honey gold, R2-E2, keats and palmers. 


LOOK for mangoes without bruises and unblemished skin. When ripe, mangoes are firm and yield to gentle pressure. Store at room temperature for up to three days.


CUT down either side of the stone to remove the cheeks. Score the cheek flesh diagonally, then invert. Eat as is or s…


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