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INDIA : Mango supply can't meet demand

TNN | Mar 20, 2015, 02.18 AM IST

PUNE: The Hindu new year, Gudi Padwa, is just around the corner but the famed and much-loved alphonso mangoes are missing from the shelves.

Unseasonal rain has hit the agriculture output badly and mangoes are no exception. Traders say the shortage of alphonso mangoes has reached 60%, but the prices have almost doubled.

With exports to the European Union starting in April, the supply may dip by almost 70%, said a trader.

Ratnagiri-based grower Mandar Desai said that though mangoes are arriving, the fully riped ones, which can be used immediately for Gudi Padwa, are in short supply. "Unseasonal rain and high demand for festival are responsible for the crisis. Last Padwa, a dozen of ready-to-eat alphonsos cost anything between Rs 600 and Rs 900. This year, it is sold for Rs 1,000-Rs 1,800," said Desai.

The prices generally drop by April first week as fresh stocks arrive. But this year it may hover around Rs 600-Rs 900 per dozen. 

Last year, the cost w…

No Gluten, No Nuts, No Problem: The Nation’s 5 Most Allergy-Friendly Restaurant Chains

The website and app Allergy Eats ranked the best destinations for diners with dietary restrictions.

(Photo: Nicolas McComber/Getty Images)

February 24, 2015 By Josh Scherer

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For most people, making a bad menu choice is, at worst, a minor inconvenience. Ordered the tacos al pastor but forgot how much you hate cilantro? You just wasted $8 and 20 minutes of your life—not a big deal.

But for the estimated 15 million Americans who have food allergies, the consequences are much more severe. Ordered the steak frites and the kitchen decided to fry the potatoes in peanut oil without telling you? That’s a hospital trip, thousands of dollars in medical bills, and months of impending litigation for both you and the restaurant. That's a big deal.

Thanks to Allergy Eats—the digital food allergy resource endorsed by the Asthma and Allergy Foundat…



Hainan mango growers look to new markets

March 19th, 2015

Every April, mangoes from the Chinese island province of Hainan hit the shelves in major cities across the country. With this year’s season fast approaching, speaks with two executives from local plantations to hear about competition with Southeast Asia, an overall scarcity of the popular tropical fruit, and market opportunities in Russia, Japan and South Korea.

With years of experience in the mango industry, Ledong Sunny Farm Co is now a major mango producer on the island with 12,000 acres that grow 20 million kilograms (44 million pounds) of the fruit each year. The crop was under threat from Typhoon Rammasun last year but has held up fairly well, according to general manager Zhang Yilin. 

Ledong Sunny’s mangoes are sold across all provinces in China except Tibet, with a strategic focus in the greater Shanghai and Pearl River Delta area.

Zhang says Hainan mangoes are sold at CNY12-16 (US$1.93-2.57) per kil…

Taco Bell unveils its first shipping container store at SXSW

by Nicole Jewell, 03/18/15

filed under: Architecture, gallery, Sustainable Building, Sustainable Materials

That’ll be one sustainable chalupa, please! Taco Bell surprised many SXSW attendees this week by building a Taco Bell stand out of shipping containers

The modular structure was built in just three days and will be used as an experiment to see how the concept works as the iconic restaurant seeks to expand across the nation.

Although the original concept was to build a more elegantly designed pop-up structure, the Taco Bell team eventually opted for a more home-made style, eschewing a glossy finish for a more rustic look. “We started in a place that was exactly like Starbucks with all this wood on the side,” says Kati Gardiner, Manager of Brand Experience at Taco Bell.

“It was beautiful, but we lost the coolness.”

Related: How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

Although Taco Bell’s coolness factor may be debatable, one thing is for sure: the shipping container design will allow a lot…

PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland

by Liz Eve, 03/17/15

By 2050, 85 percent of an estimated 9 billion people will be living in cities, and food and water shortages will threaten the world’s growing population. 

Dutch firm PlantLab says that most existing agricultural practices deplete natural resources and damage the planet.

 They’re developing revolutionary growing methods to allow plants to flourish in underground boxes, using less energy, less space, and far less water than conventional methods. 

Check out these images to see what the farms of the future could look like.

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PlantLab could grow fruit and vegetables for the entire world in a space smaller than Holland | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building