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New FDA Food Label Rules Ignore the GMO Elephant in the Room

Posted: 03/25/2014 4:01 pm EDT Updated: 03/25/2014 5:59 pm EDT

On February 27, First Lady Michelle Obama launched a media blitz to tout the FDA's proposed new rules for nutrition labels on packaged foods. Both the FDA and Mrs. Obama trumpeted the changes, the first in 20 years and 10 years in the making, as being designed to help consumers "make healthy food choices for their kids."

Changes to nutrition labels are long overdue, and it's great that Mrs. Obama is leading the charge to force food manufacturers to provide more accurate information about their products.

But conspicuously absent from the media hype was any mention of the one label that consumers have been crystal clear about wanting, the label that consumers in nearly 60 other countries have but Americans don't--a label that tells us whether or not our cereal or soda or mac & cheese contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Under the proposed new rules, food manufacturers will be required to list…

50 Amazing Ways To Use Coconut Oil

MAR 31 


For years, coconut oil has had a bad name, lumped in with unhealthy saturated fats.

 People steered away from it and other high fat foods. The problem with throwing coconut oil in the same category as butter, margarine, and shortening is this oil is far healthier than it appears. 

The saturated fats in coconut oil come from medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fat chains are easily put to use by the body and are not simply stored away as fat. 

This means coconut oil boosts energy levels, raises good cholesterol, and balances out blood sugar without the weight gain, cholesterol, and other health risks that come from other saturated or trans fats.

Coconut oil doesn’t stop there. It’s antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and antiviral. 

It also aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals. These immune boosting properties make it the perfect oil to use in a million ways.

1. Massage Oil – Coconut oil …

ILL ADVISED : Mozambican government funds promotion of new variety of mango


The Agricultural Development Fund (FDA) is financing a programme to promote a new variety of mango with a high commercial value, aimed at small and medium-sized farmers in the provinces of Maputo and Inhambane in the south of the country, Mozambican news agency AIM reported.

The programme, which is expected to cost 5 million meticals a year (around US$178,000) is intended to ensure that farmers have access to good quality saplings of better varieties, to supply the internal and external markets with quality fruit and also be an alternative source of income for farmers.

The programme, which was launched last year, involves financing farmers in seven districts of Maputo province to buy 30,000 mango saplings of the “Tommy Atkins” variety.

As of this year the project also covers Inhambane province and is expected to expand into other parts of the country in the future.

“The FDA is involved in the programme through distribution of the saplings to farmers at a price with aroun…

FOUR YEARS LATER : Chinese ambassador to Mozambique formally hands over agricultural research centre......

China builds agricultural technology research centre in Mozambique

AUGUST 26TH, 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Aug – A Chinese Agricultural Technology Research and Transfer Centre is being built on the site next to the Umbeluzi Agricultural Station, in the Baone district of Maputo, reported the Notícias newspaper in Maputo on Tuesday.

The construction of the infrastructure, work on which should be completed by the first quarter of 2010, is the result of an agreement signed in 2008 between the Mozambican and Chinese governments, through the Science and Technology and Agriculture Ministries.

Under the terms of the agreement, China will build two agricultural research centres – the one in Umbeluzi and the Moamba Technology Park – an investment of US$700 million.

The centre to be built in Umbeluzi will have specific laboratories for natural and biological sciences, areas for planting several crops as well as for the development of aquiculture. (macauhub)…

2014 : Prevén una caída drástica de la producción de mango en México

Los productores de mango de los municipios El Pozole y de Escuinapa prevén que el rendimiento de sus huertas caiga hasta en un 30 por ciento en esta temporada, debido a la floración tardía que se registra en la región de Sinaloa.

Esto generará graves repercusiones en ambos municipios, por lo que los agricultores, líderes de organismos agrarios y alcaldes acordaron la creación de un frente común para buscar una solución.

Durante el primer foro efectuado en el polideportivo de esta sindicatura, se expuso que el panorama para los mangueros y los empleos que se generan con esta actividad es negativo y podría producirse una crisis financiera.

El Alcalde de Escuinapa, Bonifacio Bustamante Hernández, quien también es productor de mango, aseguró que el panorama es crítico para el sector, porque se prevé que las huertas dejen de producir un 70 por ciento.

Explicó que si en las 25.000 hectáreas de mango de los dos municipios se contemplaba la generación de 300 millones de pesos, con el problema de …