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Calypso® Aussie mangoes hit in US

The first shipment of Australian ‘Calypso®’ mangoes exported to the United States has had an extremely favourable reaction from retailers and consumers.

Grower OneHarvest dispatched 700 trays of the luscious golden tropical fruit with the rosy pink blush to the US as part of a commercial trial organised by the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA).

The trial was made possible due to the development of export protocols to allow irradiated Australian mangoes into the US and the initial shipment marks the beginning of a three-year export program that will test the market’s appetite for the fruit and build awareness.

OneHarvest partnered with Giumarra for the launch of Calypso® into the US and retail trials were conducted in Texas and California, with samples also sent to key retailers across the country.

The fruit captured a lot of positive attention and sold out quickly, auguring well for the future of Aussie Calypso® mangoes in the US.

For more infor…

INDIA : Malihabadi mangoes to get an organic makeover thanks to Japanese financing

Arunav Sinha,TNN | Feb 17, 2015, 02.31 PM IST

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LUCKNOW: The Malihabadi-famed mangoes, which have made their presence felt throughout the globe, may soon get an organic makeover which will not only boost their export potential but also give a fillip to the commercial activities associated with the various products of this variety such as organic mango juice or organic pickles.

 Senior officials of directorate of institutional finance have confirmed that a Japanese bank has reportedly agreed to finance this project, which will have a wide ranging impact on the lives of the mango farmers of in the mango-belt consisting of Lucknow, Unnao and Kannauj. 

Speaking to TOI, Shiv Singh Yadav, director of institutional finance, said,"The primary target of this project is to mitigate the losses in form of the first crop incurred to the mango growers, as due to inclement weather, 30-…


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Wal-Mart requiring suppliers to ‘certify’ working conditions

02/16/2015 02:37:00 PM
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reiterating its three-pronged “responsible sourcing” program in the wake of a Los Angeles Times series about farm laborers’ working and living conditions in Mexico.

The Little Rock, Ark.-based retailer outlined its plan in mid-February. It described upgrades to its “standards, partnerships and audits” program, providing few specific details.

“Walmart is committed to the welfare of the people who work to produce products,” according to the statement.

“The abuses outlined in the L.A. Times articles are unacceptable and have no place in our supply chain. We will not tolerate abuse of workers and our sourcing teams have been reinforcing this position with our Mexican produce suppliers since the articles were published.”

Lance Jungmeyer, president of the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas in Nogales, Ariz., said most Mexican produce exporters already meet high standards.

“Every retailer, and every other buyer in the supply chain, m…

Population Decline and the Great Economic Reversal

Geopolitical Weekly

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 | 09:52 GMT 


By George Friedman

In recent weeks, we have been focusing on Greece,Germany, Ukraine and Russia.

 All are still burning issues. But in every case, readers have called my attention to what they see as an underlying and even defining dimension of all these issues — if not right now, then soon. That dimension is declining population and the impact it will have on all of these countries. The argument was made that declining populations will generate crises in these and other countries, undermining their economies and national power.

 Sometimes we need to pause and move away from immediate crises to broader issues. 

Let me start with some thoughts from my book The Next 100 Years.

Reasons for the Population Decline

There is no question but that the populations of most European countries will decline in the next generation, and in the cases of Germany and Russia, the decline will be dramatic. 

In fact, the entire global population explosion i…