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ECUADOR: THE NEXT SILICON VALLEY ...

Plotting the next Silicon Valley -- you'll never guess where







Special report Crave globe-trotter Eric Mack kicks off an exclusive four-part series on the unlikely Latin American spot hoping to transform itself into a new hub for science, technology, and innovation.





by Eric Mack March 26, 2013 9:00 AM PDT







Ecuador President Rafael Correa visits a site that's currently undergoing renovations to become part of Yachay.(Credit: Miguel Angel Romero/Office of the President of Ecuador)








QUITO, Ecuador--Imagine it's 2023. Things have shifted in the world of technology, and I'm not just talking about the elimination of the standard-transmission vehicle in favor of autonomous transport




Companies in Asia, the United States, and Europe still produce many of the world's major innovations in everything from energy efficiency and biotechnology to IT and consumer electronics, and many of those products are still made in China.



But there's also a new player on the scene that wasn't…

PHILIPPINES: Zambales produces sweetest carabao mangoes – experts ...

By Bebot Sison Jr. (The Philippine Star) | Updated March 26, 2013 - 12:00am







IBA, Zambales, Philippines – This province is producing the sweetest carabao mangoes, fruits experts said.




At the recently concluded 15th National Mango Congress annual convention held at the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University convention center here, experts from the University of the Philippines-Los Baños and Bureau of Plant Industry said Zambales has the best carabao mango strain for commercialization.




“Our sweetest mango has brought fame and is the pride of Zambales,” Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane told The STAR.





Ebdane said the festival could open up new avenues of trade for mango cultivators, producers and exporters and create a new market opportunity.





The first-ever mango convention in Zambales, Ebdane said, is a giant step to invigorate the province’s mango industry and develop the full potential of their mango trade.






Zambales mangoes were once listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the sweetest fruit …

WHY DOES MANGO INDUSTRY STRUGGLE WITH TRACEABILITY ??? ...

IMO NOTE:

The Daniella Mango recall FIASCO should NEVER have happened.

Had proper protocols been in place, SPLENDID PRODUCTS & THE NATIONAL MANGO BOARD (NMB) could have "nipped the Public Relations nightmare in the bud".


Why the National Mango Board (NMB) refuses to take the lead on this is one of "Life's mysteries".


"EVERY BOX OF MANGOES AND EVERY PIECE OF FRUIT DISTRIBUTED ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD SHOULD BE TRACEABLE."

~ Will Cavan Executive Director International Mango Organization (IMO)






Here is one of several solutions ...







If your traceability goal is compliance with BRC, SQF or AIB – or if you need to meet quality standards set by retailers & restaurants.  


SG Systems has a proven, ‘worry free’ manufacturing traceability solution.



3 Questions….

Q1. Does it take more than 5 seconds to track ingredients from receiving > shipping?


Q2. Do you manually record lot numbers past the receiving point?


Q3. Do employees complete any manual lot traceability paperwo…

ARE MANGOES SUPER-FRUITS ???: FIND OUT IN VIETNAM THIS SUMMER ...

Announcement on “International Symposium on Superfruits: Myth or Truth?”



1-3 July 2013, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam





Greetings!


What exactly is meant by “superfruit”? 


Is a fruit “super” because it is packed with nutrients? 


Is this a scientific fact? 


Or is “super” only a promotional catch-phrase used to increase sales? 



While most people associate superfruit with properties that benefit human health, scientists and nutritionists have differing points of view on the use of the term. 



Cognizant of the arguments regarding the definition of superfruit, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the International Tropical Fruits Network (TFNet), and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam is organizing an International Symposium on “Superfruits”: Truth or Myth? 



The Symposium will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 1-3 July 2013.





Experts will discuss the definition of superfruit with regard to nutritional and agronomic properties and characteri…