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IMO NOTE: Only non Hot Water Treated mangoes can be ripened with any success. Hot Water Treatment and Irradiation destroy any Nutritional value in the fruit, making a proposed "Ripening" program worthless.

This is nothing but "Smoke & Mirrors" to make customers believe that there is some added value to this worthless excercise.

~Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

The National mango Board (NMB) hosted a free webinar on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4 p.m. EDT. 

The webinar discussed the Mango Handling & Ripening Protocol in detail, as well as best practices for mango handling at the retail level. 

Speakers included Dennis Kihlstadius from Produce Technical Services and Wendy McManus, Retail Program Manager at the NMB. During the webinar, the experts provided best practices and recommendations for stores and distribution centers that included improving temperature management at all distribution levels during transportation and stora…

Port of Seattle chooses business executive as next CEO

Originally published August 27, 2014 at 10:53 AM | Page modified August 28, 2014 at 6:29 AM

Tacoma native Ted J. Fick was picked to succeed Tay Yoshitani, who is retiring. Fick has a manufacturing background but has not worked in the maritime or aviation industries.

By Coral Garnick

Seattle Times business reporter

Ted J. Fick, the choice for CEO, is native of Tacoma.

Ted Fick bio

Age: 55

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington, master’s degrees in management from Stanford University and business administration from the University of Puget Sound.

Career highlights: Estimating engineer, Fick Foundry, 1977-1983; senior director, Kenworth division of Paccar, 1983 to 2000; president and CEO, Polar Corp., 2009 to 2013.

Port of Seattle at a glance

Created: 1911

Lines of business: Containers, grain and cruise terminals; aviation (Seattle-Tacoma International Airport); and real estate (Fishermen’s Terminal, recreational marinas, Bell Harbor International Conference Cen…

WHERE ARE THE MANGOES & PINEAPPLES ??? : Ready Pac simplifies back to school

Summer is officially coming to a close, and parents everywhere are either breaking out in a cold sweat or rejoicing in anticipation of the fast approaching school year. 

It’s time to begin shopping for new clothes, school supplies, and stocking the fridge with food for school lunches and snacks. 

According to a panel of mom bloggers on, packing a healthy lunch is one of the top back to school challenges parents face. 

“Sending kids to school with a nutritious lunch isn’t always easy. Although school lunches are mandated to be healthier this year, many parents still prefer their kids bring food from home for both financial and health reasons.”

There are so many options on the grocery shelves that shopping for the right choices can become a daunting task. 

Linda Spiker, author of, suggests, “If you buy prepared food, make it good food! Always pack veggies, and be sure to add variety. Nothing makes your child want to trade their lunch for a friend’s Hos…

USA WATER WAR : Blueprint for water ‘control’? Pol says EPA made secret maps for new regulatory push

By Judson BergerPublished August 27, 2014

Shown here is one of the many maps commissioned by the EPA to detail U.S. waterways.EPA

A top House Republican is charging that the Environmental Protection Agency secretly drafted highly detailed maps of U.S. waterways to set the stage for a controversial plan to expand regulatory power over streams and wetlands, a claim the EPA strongly denies.

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, released those maps on Wednesday, while firing off a letterto EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy voicing concerns over why they were created in the first place. 

"These maps show the EPA's plan: to control a huge amount of private property across the country. Given the astonishing picture they paint, I understand the EPA's desire to minimize the importance of these maps,"
he wrote, in the letter obtained by 

But an EPA spokeswoman said the maps, from the U.S. Geological Survey …

Fukushima radiation is affecting the health of the entire global ecosystem, scientist says

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer

(NaturalNews) When the Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina took the microphone at the Foreign Correspondence Club in Japan, the global impact of Fukushima radiation became much clearer.

Scientist Timothy A. Mousseau presented "Fukushima Catastrophe and its Effects on Wildlife," before a room of press and correspondents, reporting the real-life damage that Fukushima fallout is having on the planet's ecosystem. 

He gave dire news to Japan and compared the damage done by Fukushima to that of Chernobyl.

Twenty-two minutes into the speech, Mousseau spoke on how the radiation is killing off birds. "These next figures are really, really important, and this really was the motivation for speaking today," he said.

 "These are the results from four years of data, so starting July 2011, and we just did the last count last month here in Fukushima. What this graph shows very, very striki…

GIVING THE SHAREHOLDERS SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT : Safra, Cutrale question Chiquita's decision to stick to Fyffes deal


Wed Aug 27, 2014 3:00pm EDT

Aug 27 (Reuters) - Juice maker Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group questioned a decision by Chiquita Brands International Inc's board to reject their $611 million takeover bid in favor of a merger with Ireland's Fyffes Plc, saying the move will destroy shareholder value and face unnecessary headwinds.

In a Wednesday statement, Safra and Brazil-based Grupo Cutrale said their takeover proposal is cashcertain, will not have a financing condition and gives shareholders of Chiquita a "compelling premium and a recordhigh multiple."

Both companies lashed out at the board of U.S.-based Chiquita for sticking to an all-stock agreement with Fyffes that was announced in March. In the statement, Safra and Cutrale called Fyffes "an always vulnerable middleman with no material merger or integration experience and a heavy concentration in Europe at precisely the wrong time."

According to both firms, an announcement from Chiquita and …

CUTRALE STRENGTHENS AS PROXY WAR HEATS UP OVER CHIQUITA : Brazilian citrus output higher than forecast

Orange growers in São Paulo state will harvest 295.11 million boxes of oranges in the current production season, up by 3.1% on the 286.34 mln boxes harvested in the previous season, according to a survey published by São Paulo’s Agricultural Economics Institute (IEA) and the state’s Coordination of Integrated Technical Assistance (CATI) on August 8.

By Vladimir Pekic

Published: 18 August 2014 12:46 PM

This new forecast for the current season is also higher than the 289.60 mln boxes that IEA predicted in June.

The institute expects that orange yields will amount to 26,654 kilos per hectare this season (equivalent to 1.8 boxes per tree or 653 boxes per ha), up 5.9% from the 25,178 kg per ha recorded last year. 

Better yields are partly being attributed to “an abundant flowering season in late 2013,” said the IEA.

“In terms of the planted acreage, the latest survey shows a reduction in t…