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FOCUS ON RETAIL : WHOLEFOODS IS TRYING TO SHED EXPENSIVE IMAGE

Whole Foods doesn't want to be nicknamed "Whole Paycheck" anymore. http://on.wsj.com/15cJgJ1




The chain is trying to shed its pricey reputation with more discounts and lower-priced items. 



Would you choose organic food if the price was closer to traditional supermarkets?








AUSTRALIA : Concerns over mango imports from Pakistan

Kate Pollard, The West Australian




Updated August 22, 2013, 2:49 am










A Perth Hills orchardist is calling for more investment to enforce Australian quarantine and biosecurity measures after mangoes from Pakistan, infested with fruit fly, were rejected by the UK.







Under import guidelines, mangoes from Pakistan can be imported into Australia subject to strict biosecurity requirements, but no imports have occurred to date.









A recent report in Pakistan newspaper the Daily Times, said there were prospects of a $4 million market for the country's mangoes in Australia over the next five years.





Brett DelSimone, spokesman for the Hills Orchid Improvement Group, is concerned about the rising risk of disease and pests from imported produce.





"These guys are exporting fruit that blatantly has fruit fly infestation and, the point is, it's fruit that should never have left the point of origin," he said.







In the last month, US stonefruit has been imported into Australia, sparking fears of Suzuki…

STRATFOR : In China, an Unprecedented Demographic Problem Takes Shape

Analysis

AUGUST 21, 2013 




An elderly man in Beijing. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)










Summary





Chinese society is on the verge of a structural transformation even more profound than the long and painful project of economic rebalancing, which the Communist Party is anxiously beginning to undertake. 



China's population is aging more rapidly than it is getting rich, giving rise to a great demographic imbalance with important implications for the Party's efforts to transform the Chinese economy and preserve its own power in the coming decade.











Analysis




Two reports in Chinese media highlight different aspects of China's unfolding demographic crunch. 


The Ministry of Education reported Aug. 21 that more than 13,600 primary schools closed nationwide in 2012. The ministry looked to China's dramatically shifting demographic profile to explain the widespread closures, noting that between 2011 and 2012 the number of elementary-aged students fell from nearly 200 million to 145 million. 



It also co…