October 2010

Think we have a free market?  Think again.  Think it was free market capitalism that collapsed the financial system? Think again. What America has, and what we’ve had for a long time, is Cartelism.  It is becoming increasingly evident that every industry has been infected by “Too-Big-to-Fail” consolidation that has resulted in a near-picture-perfect oligarchy [...]

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The second quarter report made by the Region 10 office of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) showed that coconut-based products and fresh fruits remained as the region’s major exports, earning $170.97 million. Coconut products represented a share of 63 percent of the regional total, followed by fresh fruits with [...]

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The internet has leveled the playing field for small and large businesses looking to stake a claim in the global market. With the availability of international buyers and opportunities through online trade portals, many American small businesses are looking to export their goods to other countries. However, there are potential risks involved when entering this [...]

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After years of trying, organic hop growers, most clustered in the Northwest, are poised to win a bitter and bizarre battle: requiring organic hops in organic beer. The National Organic Standards Board will take up the issue later this month. Last week, a board subcommittee voted to mandate organic hops in organic beer in about [...]

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Shenandoah Growers of Harrisonburg has completed its $3 million organic greenhouse to handle increased demand for living, organic herbs. The greenhouse, certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, adds 75,000 square feet of additional growing space. The company supplies fresh herbs to grocery stores around the U.S. The company has added 31 new jobs in [...]

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QUINCY — A late-summer heat wave baked Massachusetts cranberry bogs and dashed hopes of a robust harvest. Higher-than-normal counts of damaged berries are reducing crop yields, which are expected to fall short of the 1.95 million barrels estimated by the USDA in August. “The quality of the crop is in many cases not very good,” [...]

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LABATUT, France — It’s smaller than a kumquat — about the size of your thumb — and smooth-skinned like a tomato. But this rare fruit flourishing in orchards by the Adour river in southwest France is neither. It’s actually a tiny kiwi fruit, but with an edible green peel. The award-winning mini-kiwi bears little resemblance [...]

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Earlier maturing fruit this year leaves would-be apple pickers in lurch Lisa Mendoza knew her main priority when she went to County Line Orchard on Monday: Get her hands on Honeycrisp apples. The trees bearing her favorite variety had been picked clean of its fruit, however, as were many of the other apple trees in [...]

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CEDARVILLE- A South Jersey company is not only producing fruits and vegetables, but they’re producing their own electricity to operate. Here at Santa Sweets in Cedarville, they’re creating more than just signature Santa Sweets grape and UglyRipes heirloom tomatoes, they’re making enough electricity to power the operations 200,000 square feet of refrigerated production space. “Today [...]

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China’s largest orange grower Asian Citrus vertically integrates by buying fruit juice concentrate producer Beihai BPG, giving private equity investor Lunar Capital a profitable exit. China’s largest orange grower, Asian Citrus Holdings, will buy Beihai Perfuming Garden Juice Company (Beihai BPG) at a valuation of HK$2.04 billion ($263 million), giving a consortium of investors led [...]

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THE state’s much vaunted food industry has failed to meet the sector’s ambitious targets and turned in a mixed performance including the loss of 10,600 jobs in the past year. The loss of jobs including 5600 in food manufacturing and the same amount in agriculture and fishing. But a $37 million increase in gross food [...]

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Grain prices soared on the Chicago futures exchanges on Friday. A report from the USDA stating that there would be lower inventories was cited as the cause. Quantitative easing from the Fed was behind the extent of the move however. Commodities (NYSEArca: GSG – News) are priced in dollars and with more of them floating around; [...]

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By Matt Spaeth on October 11, 2010 Superweeds, a side-effect of growing Roundup-Ready genetically modified (GM) crops, are a growing problem. Roundup-Ready crops, engineered to tolerate weedkiller, are the most popular variety of GM crop today. However, many native weeds have evolved their own defense to weedkiller and now occupy 10 million acres of US [...]

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NAGOYA, Oct. 10, 2010 (Kyodo News International) — A meeting to discuss an international accord on compensation for damage to biological diversity and public health from genetically modified crops started Monday in Nagoya, marking an official start of three-week biodiversity talks in the central Japanese city. The fifth meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety [...]

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