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WHO NEEDS BEES ???: New research shows native flies, not bees, are a mango farmer's best friend

ABC Rural By Charlie McKillop

Posted 24 minutes ago

PHOTO: Tetragonula Carbonaria, aka native fly, has been shown to be the dominant pollinator of mango trees in a new study (Supplied: University of New England)

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New research has shown native flies, not bees, are the top pollinators of mango trees.

Surveying of ten mango farms at Mareeba, in far north Queensland, has revealed up to 50 different insects came into contact with the reproductive parts of the flowers, including two bee species, nine flies and one beetle.

00:00 AUDIO: Dr Romina Rader's research shows flies - not bees - are the top pollinators of mango trees (ABC Rural)

Not only were flies shown to be the most dominant and frequent visitors of the mango flowers, they also proved to be highly effective at carrying pollen when compared with honey bees.

The native bee transferred on average seven pollen grains a visit, the blue blowfly about 6.8 pollen grains and the honey bee 2.7 pollen grains.

"So we knew (fli…

Organic growth: What drove Wessanen to cut 90% of its revenue?

 By Caroline Scott­Thomas, 


Related topics: Carbohydrates and fibres (sugar, starches), Cereals and bakery preparations, Chocolate and confectionery ingredients, Dairy­based ingredients, Fats & oils, Food labelling, Fruit, vegetable, nut ingredients, Health and nutritional ingredients, Meat, fish and savoury ingredients, Proteins, non­dairy, Sugar, salt and fat reduction, Sustainable sourcing, Marketing, Organics, Business, Healthy foods

Wessanen has undergone a huge transformation over the past 15 years in its goal to become Europe’s largest healthy and sustainable food company – and has cut its revenue by 90% in the process. 

The Dutch food group had turnover of about €4bn in 2000 and employed 17,000 people. 

Today it employs about 700 people with turnover of €434m last year – but this huge reduction in staff and revenue has been a calculated decision, based on aligning its activities and values to create a more sustainable company.

 Sustainability also implies an ability…

EURO MARKET : High supply, lower consumption

Mango market under pressure
“In recent weeks, the mango market has dealt with an oversupply from many countries at the same time. In addition to the African Kent mangoes (Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso), there are supplies from Central and South America from Brazil, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Mexico. In addition, Israel is able to come to the market fast, causing a saturated market, while demand is actually reaching the lowest point. Now that the European stone fruit season has begun, all eyes are on these items, and the mangoes and other exotics are moving to second place until the end of the summer,”
says Carlos Andre de Faria of Sun City in Bleiswijk.

Sun City in Bleiswijk currently receives Tommy Atkins and Palmer mangoes from Brazil, and the last containers of African mangoes from Ivory Coast. 

“But we are limiting our shipments from Brazil as much as we can. We only import Palmer mangoes for direct programmes, and then only minimally,”says Carlos Andre de Faria. 

“On the spot market…


30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

Permaculture magazine

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute's latest report of a 30 year trial says it does. 

Read the full report free here.

The Farming Systems Trial (FST)® at Rodale Institute is America’s longest running, side-by-side comparison of organic and chemical agriculture. 

Started in 1981 to study what happens during the transition from chemical to organic agriculture, the FST surprised a food community that still scoffed at organic practices.

 After an initial decline in yields during the first few years of transition, the organic system soon rebounded to match or surpass the conventional system. 

Over time, FST became a comparison between the long term potential of the two systems.

After a 30 year side-by-side trial, the Rodale report shows:

** Organic yields match conventional yields.

** Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.

** Organic farming systems build …

America descends into trade totalitarianism: Republicans rushing vote on secret Obamatrade before anyone has a chance to read it

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Tags: Obamatrade, rule by secrecy, Republicans

(NaturalNews) Thanks to a treasonous President and a cabal of backstabbing, spineless Republican leaders, America stands tonight on the verge of plunging into outright "trade totalitarianism."

The Drudge Report (see below) is headlining the news today, announcing "Republicans rush vote on Obamatrade before anyone reads it." Congress and the President, in other words, are now behaving like a group of high school party boys in a mad rush to remove all the beer cans and vodka bottles from their family living room after learning their parents are returning home early from a family trip.

How is this not treason?

For reasons that still remain somewhat mysterious, a frantic push is on at the White House and the highest levels of Congress to pass the secretive TPP trade deal before anyone has a chance to find out what the document really says.

The abject absurdity of this situ…