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The 21st Annual International Mango Festival

When: Saturday, July 13, 2013 - Sunday, July 14, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Visit the festival to shop Curator Choice mango trees and fresh fruit, enjoy mango lectures and smoothies, view the world's largest display of mangos, take part in the world's only mango auction and buy mango merchandise and botanical art.

 There will also be mango culinary demonstrations, our one of a kind mango brunch, a fantastic International Fruit Market and fun activities for kids.

It's all about mangoes at Fairchild's International Mango Festival.

Read new information on mango tree care or the blog For the Love of Mangos.

Read about cooking and uses of mango.

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Bike Valet

Green Mobility Network will be here Saturday and Sunday offering their unique bike valet service at the South Gate. 

Bike and $5! 

If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. 



Airline goes carbon-neutral again - has Mango got a sustainability sell-by date?

How many times can you use sustainability as a PR-spin selling point without losing everybody credibility?

 "The key to combating climate change is to positively influence behaviours," said Bezuidenhout.(CEO Mango) in April 2010 "A greener, sustainable social and commercial future depends on more than simply planting trees as token carbon offsetting.(or planting vegetable gardens - see below) The challenge is much more fundamental.

"Aviation is responsible for approximately 2% of the total global carbon emission count" he said. "Yet, the vital role that aviation plays in economic development presents a dichotomy of principle. It is therefore key that aviation plays a substantial role addressing environmental imbalances. This is why Mango deems it critical for all role players in the industry to consider their contribution to change." "Presently Mango's per passeng…


"As we seek to build the world we want, let us intensify our efforts to achieve a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable development path built on dialogue, transparency and social justice."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the 2013 World Day of Social Justice

Pakistani peacekeepers with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) teach young Liberians to lay bricks as part of a job training programme offered by the Pakistani contingent. Tubmanburg, Liberia. UN Photo/Staton Winter

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote developmen…

Return of Chavez to power is no sure thing

February 19, 2013 - 21:41

[Photo: Reuters]

Outside the military hospital in Caracas where Hugo Chavez is continuing his treatment for cancer, chants of "Viva Chavez" fill the streets as passing drivers beep their horns loudly in celebration.

But there is not a huge throng of supporters here, where only a hardy few have set up camp.

That does not reflect a lack of support for the 58-year-old president, his many supporters are overjoyed but people here need to keep working and earning their recently devalued currency.

Some basic foods like rice, sugar and flour are now hard to come by, and still there is one central question; is Hugo Chavez well enough to lead?

According to officials, Chavez is facing a long and complex recovery, breathing through a tube but still reportedly running the country.

For opposition leaders that is not good enough, they want an honest conversation, and no matter how confident Chavez sounds via his Twitter account, his future, and that of the entire country…

Russia: Maersk offices raided by anti-trust authorities ...


Apparently, the Russian anti-trust authorities have begun a large raid against a number of container carriers’ offices in Russia. Maersk Line is one of the affected carriers, the company confirms.

Foto: Colourbox
Offentliggjort 19.02.13 kl. 12:41

Russian competition authorities seem to have begun a major inspection of a number of container carriers with an office in Russia. 

A large part of the raids took place in St Petersburg. 

Maersk Line confirms to ShippingWatch that the Russian anti-trust service (FAS) has paid the Maersk Line offices in Moscow and St Petersburg a visit.

“This we can confirm. Of course, we cooperate and everything took place quietly,” Maersk Line Group Press Officer, Michael Storgaard, tells ShippingWatch.

Price fixing

According to TradeWinds, the carriers in question include Maersk Line, APL, Zim, China Shipping and Evergreen. 

The raids took place after suspi…


overcoming a diluted produce industry

February 19th, 2013

Israel has managed to keep fruit and vegetable shipment volumes steady since the bankruptcy of leading shipper Agrexco in 2011, but the country’s export promotion agency sees challenges ahead from a changing grower structure.

Ofer Sachs

Israeli Export Institute CEO Ofer Sachs told Agrexco was very innovative in bringing new products to market that could yield good prices, but without the company around the industry had to find new ways to add value.

The overall grower structure has also become more diluted over the last couple of years. Click here for a list of Israeli exporters.

“Instead of seven or nine big players and 50-60 small and medium players, we have now about 150 small and medium players and four or five big players. There are now a lot of small companies that want to find their way,” he said during Fruit Logistica in Berlin.

“From this respect Israel is under some changes of course in how farmers …


Ciruli Brothers of Nogales, Arizona,  famous for marketing a premium pack of Ataulfo mangoes as as "Champagne" mangoes have put together a very nice website:

Long on promotion of their products and short on hard useable information about the upcoming mango season, the website does have some nice pictures of mango plantations and hopefully in the future they will publish real data on the mango season complete with crisp pictures...

Nice job Ciruli how about adding some information that the mango industry can use.....