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No smoking gun in bee health crisis

John Walter

05/02/2013 @ 11:54am

No single source, or “smoking gun,” can be blamed for the major decline in honey bee health, according to a new comprehensive report on the pollinators released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Experts instead cited multiple factors for the decline in honey bee colony numbers, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition, and pesticide exposure.

Speakers who addressed the issue at a press conference in Washington Thursday included regulators, researchers, and beekeepers who were part of a honey health conference last fall.

"The decline in honey bee health is a complex problem caused by a combination of stressors, and at EPA we are committed to continuing our work with USDA, researchers, beekeepers, growers, and the public to address this challenge," said Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

The report underlined the importance of the issue …


~ From Wall Street Journal 

Mexico: Mango harvest devastated by cold in Veracruz

The Secretary of Forestry Development of the State’s Executive Committee of the League of Agricultural Communities, Felipe Utrera Ruiz, revealed that practically all of this year’s mango production in the central mountainous, Northern and coastal area of the State of Veracruz (Mexico) was affected.

The mango harvest in more than nine thousand hectares, of the 20,000 that are cultivated, was totally lost in Veracruz due to the strong winds and low temperatures left behind by the cold front this weekend.

“There were gusts of up to 100 km per hour coming from the North between Friday and Saturday, it is a pity to see the mangoes lying on the ground, it is devastating,” said the Secretary of Forestry Development of the State’s Executive Committee of the League of Agricultural Communities, Felipe Utrera Ruiz.

The greatest damage in the territory of Veracruz - which is the seventh biggest producing state of the fruit at the national level - happened in the municipalities of Actopan, Puente Nac…


LOGISTICS : Shippers want more binding agreements

Published: 28 April 2013

A key issue debated at the Multimodal 2013 seminars in Birmingham last week concerned the need for legally-binding contracts in favour of “gentlemen’s agreements” when it comes to freight contracting in the liner shipping business.

Chris Welsh, director of global and European policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), argued that since the abolition of liner conferences in the European trades in October 2008, shippers, particularly the larger ones, wanted closer partnerships with their vendors and longer term commitments. “Both situations favour the use of legally-binding contracts,” he said.

Matthew Gore, senior associate at law firm Holman, Fenwick and Willan, agreed: “Gentlemen’s agreements are generally not legally-binding and lead to a greater number of disputes as they have a lack of predictability, are often not enforceable and can lead to either party walking away from their commitments,” he said “They are hugely damaging to shipper/carrier …



Fairtrade is a movement seeking better deals and improved “fair” terms of trade for farmers so they can enhance their standards of living and plan for their futures. For producers, Fairtrade ensures that market prices cover the costs of sustainable practices, acceptable working conditions and longer trade relationships.

Though consumers are asked to pay a premium price for products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark, the additional revenue for producer is then invested to further their economic and social development. The costs of running the Fairtrade system are shared by all stakeholders through a fee system.

The Fairtrade Labelling Organization International (FLO), founded in 1997, sets worldwide standards and certification requirements for products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark.

FLO is made up of two organizations:

The Multi-stakeholder (FLO-e.V.) develops and reviews standards, helps producers gain and maintain certification, and reinforces producers’ ability to capitalize on market …

AFRICA : EDAIF to make mango the ‘cocoa’ of Northern Ghana

Page last updated at Thursday, May 2, 2013 3:03 AM 

The Export Development and Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF), is to invest more funds into mango production in a manner that will make the fruit the ‘cocoa’ of the north.

Dr. Abdul Nashiru Issahaku, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EDAIF announced this in Wa during a training session for some beneficiaries of the mango plantation project in the Upper West Region.

Cocoa is Ghana’s major cash crop that generates lots of foreign exchange for the nation.

Dr Issahaku appealed to people, who had business plans to establish mango juice processing plants, and people who were good at packaging the fruit for export as well as those who wanted to venture into mango growing, to apply to EDAIF for support.

He said about 320 farmers from the Upper West, Upper East, Northern, Brong-Ahafo regions and parts of northern Volta were presently benefiting from EDAIF’s mango plantation project fund.

Dr. Issahaku said because of the technicalities involved…

MAMADURO Y SUS MALANDROS : Maria Corina Machado pasará por quirófano por presentar cuatro fracturas en la nariz

Posted: 01 May 2013 04:39 PM PDT

El diputado por el estado Bolívar, Andrés Velásquez informó que la parlamentaria María Corina Machado será intervenida quirúrgicamente la mañana de este jueves, por presentar cuatro fracturas en la nariz, a raíz de la agresión sufrida el pasado martes en la Asamblea Nacional, informó Globovisión.

Se pudo conocer que el informe médico detalla que la parlamentaria presenta cuatro fracturas en el tabique (septum nasal) y lateralización de la pirámide, con hundimiento del dorso nasal.

Maria Corina serà intervenida quirurgicamente. 4 fracturas en la nariz. El gobierno violento de Maduro no tiene nada más.

— Andrés Velásquez (@AndresVelasqz) 1 de mayo de 2013

LOGISTICS : Two Thirds of Businesses Hit by Value Chain Disruption

May 1, 2013 - Almost two thirds of businesses have experienced disruption to their value chains as a result of events beyond their control, according to an Oracle survey of large organisations in the EMEA region.

Over the past 12 months, 63 per cent of businesses across EMEA have reported that they have seen disruption to their value chain due to unpredictable events beyond their control, such as economic disruption (24 per cent), adverse weather (19 per cent) and bankruptcy of suppliers (16 per cent).

In the United Kingdom, this figure was higher than the EMEA average, at 70 per cent.

The report, "Managing the Value Chain in Turbulent Times", surveyed 677 senior decision makers in large organisation across nine EMEA regions. 

 Source: Supply Chain Brain