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EXPLAINING AWAY "SUSTAINABLE" AGRICULTURE & WHAT "IT" MEANS TO THE PLANET ...

Dumb Question: Can 7 Billion People Eat My Weight in Meat?






Employees pack sausages at a French firm specialized in canned cooked dishes and condiments, on January 11, 2013. 
Photographer: Jean-Francois Monier/AFP via Getty Images




By Eric Roston Apr 25, 2013 5:04 PM ET







Vaclav Smil has a lot to say and is never shy about saying it. 



He’s written more than 30 books about energy, ecology, food and agriculture, China, the U.S. and more. 



He's in the process of publishing three more within 12 months: Harvesting the Biosphere (MIT Press; December 2012), Should We Eat Meat? (Wiley; June) and Made in the USA: The Rise and Retreat of American Manufacturing (MIT Press; October).









He fielded this Dumb Question by phone from the University of Manitoba, where he’s Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Environment and Geography.







Dumb Question: What does "sustainable agriculture" mean?


A: It fundamentally depends on how you want to feed people.



 If 7 billion people [want] 100 kilo[…

MEDICAL EXPENSES AROUND THE WORLD ....

Check out this infofgraphic on Healthcare costs in 7 top overseas havens



PERFIL DEL FRAUDE : Cilia Flores, la nueva primera dama «combatiente» de Venezuela

25 abril, 2013




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Esta abogada de 60 años se caracteriza por su verbo vehemente y su defensa del chavismo.



 Su marido, Nicolás Maduro, dijo de ella que es una mujer a la que no le gustan «los copetes» ni los actos vanidosos









Con Maduro al frente del país, Flores se convertirá en «la primera combatiente de la patria», una mujer a la que no le gustan «los copetes» ni los actos vanidosos, ha dicho Maduro.






Abogada de 60 años, Flores fue defensora de Chávez tras su fracasada intentona golpista de 1992; luego fue diputada, del 2006 al 2011 presidenta del Parlamento y en 2012 fue designada procuradora general, un cargo del que se separó al arrancar la campaña de Maduro.






Su verbo vehemente, su defensa a ultranza del chavismo y su incondicionalidad a Chávez distinguen a esta militante oficialista que muchos creen que ejercerá una fuerte influencia en Maduro.





Flores y Maduro no están casados ni tienen hijos en común, pero comparten su vida desde hace unos 20 años, con los tres hijos del antiguo matrim…

FOCUS ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY : Harvesting a future for mangoes and their African growers

Phil Hughes and local kids in Kenya. Ten years ago, he was a Peace Corps volunteer there, and came back with an idea.












Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer




POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3:01 AM








It was at the height of the mango season in west Kenya that Phil Hughes saw a way to bend the future.



He was a Peace Corps volunteer at the time, 10 years ago. And the mangoes were, well, awesome - creamily lush and sweet, a variety called Ngowe, indigenous to Zanzibar, reddish-yellow.



They were beautiful things.



Hughes is not an animated speaker. But over a salad at the Reading Terminal Market one recent afternoon, he was getting worked up recalling his days in Africa.




"Most of the year you can't get mangoes. Ever. You can't get them in August," he says. "You can't get them in September. Or October."




"Then all of a sudden, on January 1, there are a million mangoes!"









Women with bowls of them rush local minibuses called matatoos as they roll to a stop, pressing them…

SUSTAINABILITY : THE IMPORTANCE OF SOIL SAMPLING ....

Soil testing is the single most important guide to the profitable use of fertilizer and lime.




 It is in the best interest of farmers, lawn care professionals, landscapers, gardeners, fertilizer suppliers, and consultants to promote the use of soil testing for several reasons like


*  Grow Higher Crop Yields

* Produce Higher Quality Crops And Ornamentals

* Use Fertilizer Dollars More Efficiently





The purpose of soil testing is to identify the soil fertility that the plants or crop, in a given area will experience. 


The soil area and volume could be a large field, a small garden, or simply the root zone of a single tree or shrub. 




The most difficult step in soil testing is accurately representing the desired area of soil. 




A laboratory cannot improve the accuracy of a sample that does not represent the area.





In most soils, it takes more than one year to make significant changes to the soil test levels. As the soil improves with better fertility programs, subsequent crops or plant growth should sho…

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TANZANIA : Mango growers looking for soil experts to add quality to fruit

BY BEATRICE PHILEMON
25th April 2013




A mango tree (File photo)








Tanzania mango growers are looking for experts specialized in soil science to fill the gap of absence of such experts in the mango industry.




The aim is to add quality to mango production in the country so as to meet domestic and international market demand.






An agronomist with the Association of Mango Growers (AMAGRO), Hamad Mkopi told The Guardian early this week that there were many people who are joining mango farming but unfortunately had little knowledge about what type of soils and fertilizer the mangoes suited most. He said such kind of ignorance frustrates their efforts in realizing the goals.







He said presently farmers in Coast, Tanga, Dar es Salaam and other regions were struggling hard to get mango soil experts but were no where to be found.





“Due to this impediment we invite experts specialized on soil science and fertilizers from anywhere to come to our rescue,” he said. 





He said his organization has made discussions wi…

Capriles dice que le robaron las elecciones y da plazo hasta mañana para la auditoría

Publicado el 24 de abril de 2013 3:22 pm |






Foto: AM Noticias360





(Caracas, 24 de abril. Noticias24)- El excandidato Henrique Capriles acusó este miércoles al Gobierno de haberse “robado” los comicios presidenciales del pasado 14 de abril y advirtió al máximo organismo electoral que va a esperar hasta el jueves para que inicie la auditoría que se comprometió a hacer sobre los resultados.






Al iniciar su discurso recordó las palabras de fe que envió el papa Francisco al país y agradeció su mensaje de tranquilidad en “un momento tan difícil”. Capriles indicó que la lucha es contra “la mentira” y lo que lo motiva hoy “es la búsqueda de la verdad“.





Denunció que el Gobierno esté utilizando el aparato del Estado para “las amenazas a los periodistas y censurar la opinión que pueda tener cada venezolano”. Entretanto, lamentó que quienes promueven la intolerancia “son los mismos que hace unos meses atrás le mintieron a nuestro pueblo sobre la salud del Presidente (Hugo Chávez)”, insistió.





Agregó que el…