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Here Are The Countries Where Young People Are Happiest


APR. 4, 2014, 12:09 PM / screenshot

Policies aimed at improving public health and well-being around the world often focus on infants and adults. But what about the people in the middle?

For the first time, The Youth Well-Being Index (PDF) — a joint effort by the International Youth Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hilton Worldwide — tries to assess how teens are doing in 30 countries.

Note that these are not the top 30 countries in the world; these are just the countries that the researchers looked at. They include 7o% of the world's youth. Nigeria, for example, came in last, not 30th in the world.

To create the index, the researchers looked at 40 indicators to assess "citizen participation, economic opportunity, education, health, information and communications technology (ICT), and safety and security" among the world's youth (defined as people 12 to 24).

The well-being of this age group should matter to…

THE PACKER NEWSPAPER : Mangoes marketing business updates

04/04/2014 10:20:00 AM
Melissa Shipman

Amazon Produce Network improves quality control

Mullica Hill, N.J.-based Amazon Produce Network will continue to implement its new software system designed to improve quality control.

The system allows inspectors to take a photo of each pallet that comes into the warehouse. Each pallet is inspected for quality, condition, defects, and other important traits. Information is then reported back to the growers.

“We can have those reports immediately. The grower reaction has been really positive and our sales people have access to that data as well so it’s added value for the customers as well,”
said Greg Golden, partner and sales manager.

The company began using the system last year, but Golden said the process has been slowly improved and is really refined for this year.

C.H. Robinson launches Happy Chameleon brand

C.H. Robinson, Eden Prairie, Minn., launched its Happy Chameleon brand of tropical fruits last year. The line includes mangoes and other fruits …

Dangerous Ingredients: 54% of Food Sold at Walmart is Banned by Whole Foods Market

Feb 28 • "Food" to Avoid, The Word


Whole Foods maintains a list of ‘Unacceptable Ingredients” which includes everything from MSG to high fructose corn syrup. It also includes artificial colors, artificial preservatives, hydrogenated fats, etc. 

You can see the whole list, updated periodically, here

But did you know that about 54% of the products sold in stores like Walmart would be banned from Whole Foods due to containing dangerous ingredients? Check out the real differences below.


While Whole Foods has yet to pull all GMO ingredients from their store, they also partner with Non-GMO Verified Project to offer numerous products that do not contain genetically modified ingredients, and they plan to eliminate products which contain them by 2018. They are pervasive in our food supply so it is very difficult to eliminate them, since they currently aren’t required to be labeled as ‘GMO’ by law.

Putting aside GMOs for the moment, how many of the groceries so…


The International Mango Organization (IMO) has been following Global "Technology Transfer" issues for the past 20 years, and is impressed by the scope and genuine commitment on the Part of the Australian Government and Scientific community to offer "First Class" and "Spot On" advice to growers around the world. 

Case in Point is the Fantastic work that has taken place and the transformation of the local Mango crop.

Hadi Laghari has benefited immensely from the Knowledge transfer and he has chosen to share his experience/Journey with the world via Facebook.

~ Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

Hadi Laghari with Dr. Ian Bally and Tony Cooke 

The ACIAR "AusAid" sponsored program ASLP "Agriculture Sector Linkage Program" alone is responsible for my 50%+ information/knowledge data base about farming in General and more than 90% on mangoes......mainly due to exposure visits, exchanges of books, manuals, research pa…


Shadow looms over Panama hub ports

Investing almost one billion dollars on a container terminal in Moin, Puerto Limon, the AP¨Moller Maersk Group, owner of the world’s largest container line, indicates that its transshipment operations do not need to be on the banks of the Panama Canal.

APM Terminals has received the green light for the Moin concession from the comptroller of the Costa Rican government, Moin and Puerto Limon are only about 14 hours steaming from the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal.

French container line CMA-CGM recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaican government to develop a hub in Kingston, only two days from the Canal, while Cartagena, Colombia, is developing its container facilities only about 19 hours sailing to the west of the Canal.

With this latest deal in Moin, APM will begin the implementation phase of 18 months for all the studies and final design work for government approval. The next step is to dredge the access and o…

APM Terminals investing US$2.5bn in Latin American ports

Hague-based port operator APM Terminals is investing US$2.5bn in its five Latin American port terminals between 2012 and 2018, Joe Nielsen, the company's Latin American director told BNamericas. 

"We like what we see in Latin America and that is why we have committed to invest these US$2.5bn,"
Nielsen said on the sidelines of BNamericas' LatAm Ports & Logistics Summit in Panama City.

APM's terminals include one at Santos port in Brazil and another at Callao in Peru, and the company is currently building a container terminal in Moín, Costa Rica and a container terminal at the Mexican Pacific coast port of Lázaro Cárdenas. 

The company sees more potential in Latin America than many other regions around the world due to the changing demographics that continue to drive up consumption. 

Business in the region has increased much faster over the past five years "than anyone with a crystal ball would have thought possible," said Nielsen. 

The most interesting c…