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World food prices seen at record high in January

Posted by Admin on February 4, 2011

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A vendor sorts tomatoes at a wholesale vegetable and fruit market in Chandigarh January 29, 2011. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
On Thursday 3 February 2011, 6:12 AM

 

By Svetlana Kovalyova

MILAN (Reuters) – Surging food prices are on Thursday expected to push the United Nations ‘ food price index to a record high in January for a second straight month, further above the levels which prompted food riots in 2007/2008.

The Food Price Index of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), which measures monthly price changes for a food basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, hit a record in December, above a previous high set in June 2008 during the food crisis.

A mix of high oil and fuel prices, growing use of biofuels, bad weather and soaring futures markets pushed up prices of food in 2007/08, sparking violent protests in countries including Egypt , Cameroon and Haiti.

The Rome-based agency has warned food prices could climb even higher, expressing concern about global weather patterns.

Severe drought in the Black Sea last year, heavy rains in Australia and dry weather in Argentina and anticipation of a spike in demand after unrest in north Africa and the Middle East has helped power grain prices to multi-year highs.

The worst winter storm for decades in the U.S. grain belt kept up pressure on wheat futures on Wednesday.

Surging food prices have come back into the spotlight after they helped fuelled protests that toppled Tunisia’s president in January and have spilled over to Egypt and Jordan, raising speculation other countries in the region would secure grain stocks to reassure their populations.

Algeria on Jan.26 confirmed it had bought almost a million tonnes of wheat, bringing its bread wheat purchases to at least 1.75 million since the start of January, and ordered an urgent speeding up of grain imports, a move aimed at building stocks.

World leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week warned rising food prices could stoke more unrest and even war. French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated calls for regulation to rein in speculation and volatility.

Multi-year highs for grain and sugar futures in January helped push higher spot and physical prices which the FAO uses to calculate the index.

(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova; editing by Keiron Henderson)

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THE BENEFITS OF RAW HONEY

Posted by Admin on January 29, 2011

Honey in its natural raw state contains 2 predominant natural sugars (Fructose and Glucose) 11 enzymes, 14 minerals, 21 amino acids, all the vitamins that nutritionists consider necessary for health A, D, K, Rutin, Nicotinic acid, B vitamins, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine and Biotin as well as Ascorbid Acid (Vit. C.).

 

HONEY PROCESSING

 

Most honey sold today has been commercially processed, resulting in enzymes (which help digestion) and vitamins, being destroyed and protein (pollen) being removed. This processing involves heating and filtering through a cloth or fine filter paper. The end product will remain in a liquid state for a long period of time. When it finally starts to granulate, crystals will begin to form at the bottom of the jar, moving upwards (a sure sign of a refined and processed product, despite the label ‘Pure Honey’).

 

WHAT CAN RAW HONEY DO FOR YOU?

 

Raw Honey was and still is credited with marvelous curative powers. A whole book could be written on all the medicinal uses of honey, from thousands of years of folk medicine to the scientific of the present time.

In addition to its age-retarding properties raw honey has been proven to be from beneficial to extraordinary effective in the following:

 

* As honey is a pre-digested food (a process done by the bees) it enters the blood stream directly producing energy quickly, unlike refined sugar which has to be digested.

 

* Proline, an amino acid in Raw honey is the primary component in collagen. Collagen is the main structure in bones. (Proverbs 16.24ââ≠¬â•ˇhealth to the bones) Calcium is also found in two forms in Raw Honey.

 

* Increases Haemoglobin count and can prevent or cure Anaemia. It is rich in iron and copper.

 

* Is an excellent mild laxative, especially recommended as such for infants and children.

 

* Raw Honey will prevent and even cure Botulism Poisoning, because it contains an enzyme called Glucose Oxidase, (this enzyme is easily destroyed with heat). Botulism spores can only develop in the intestines of infants when chronically constipated.

 

* It has been shown to be useful in Rheumatic and Arthritic cinditions, especially in combination with Apple Cider Vinegar (Dr D.C. Jarvis).

 

* It has been used successful in the treatment of liver and kidney disorders, diseases of the respiratory and digestive tracts, weak heart action, infectious diseases, colds, insomnia, poor circulation, and bad complexion.

 

* It is not mere theory, but has been proved that bacteria cannot live in the presence of raw honey, for the reason that raw honey is an excellent source of potassium. The potassium draws from the bacteria the moisture which is essential to the very existence. A bacteriologist who did not believe this, after a series of tests discovered to his amazement that the disease germs he tested (typhoid, Bronco-pneumonia and Dysentery producing germs) were all killed off in the presence of raw honey.

 

* In this book Folk Medicine, Dr Jarvis an ear, nose and throat specialist reveals some startling facts about raw honey and honeycomb. He says the honeycomb is excellent for the treating of stuffy nose, nasal sinusitis and hay-fever. He always says that raw honey can produce healing for skin burns and is essential in the diet of children because it provides the composite of minerals needed for the growing body ( iron, copper, manganese, silica, chlorine, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminium, magnesium, zinc, lead and sulphor ).

 

* Probably the most beneficial effect of pollen (contained in raw unfiltered honey) is that, taken internally it quickly produces the same anti-putrefactive effect as lactic foods and thus contributes to a healthy digestive system and good assimilation of nutrients absolute prerequisites for good health and long life.

 

Eating pollen rich raw honey causes rapid combustion, consuming fats which speed up the burning of fat, and continues through the bloodstream at a trickle stimulating the heart without harmful side effects.

 

Remind that every second we are getting closer to Aakhira….

 

Wonders of holy Neem

Neem is a multipurpose herb, which is recommended in every type of ailment. Following are the wonders of neem, which ayurveda has to offer to this world and modern life style of living.

 

Local action:

 

· Neem act as anti bacterial, anti parasitic, anti fungal, anti protozoal and anti viral thus helps in protection from all the microorganisms, which are always ready to invade in our body causing serious ailments.

 

· Local application of neem powder or neem oil has miraculous results. As it is a famous anti microbial herb, it renders all the microorganisms inactive therefore helping in proper healing of wound without causing any infections and septic conditions.

 

· Taking bath of neem leaves water is a very common sight in Indian homes that helps our body to counter mild infections, which our body might get in day-to-day activity.

 

· Its tropical application makes us relieved from acne, eczema and even ringworms

 

· In skin related diseases, neem works as blessing of God on mankind. It has an action on almost every kind of skin disease thus making its indication in eradicating every kind of itch, rash, infection and allergy.

 

· Neem water is extensively used in burn injuries, thus to protect them from any kind of infection and also promote healing.

 

· Neem oil is extensively used in hair fall and early graying of hairs with very satisfying results. It also find its application in dandruff and in lice growth

 

· Its local application on arthritic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, Osteoarthritis, lower back pain, and musculo skeletal pains is highly recommended with good results

 

Internal action:

 

· Due to presence of tickt rasa it is beneficial in indigestion, constipation and restoring taste of mouth.

 

· It helps in fighting with the intestinal worms there by act as a deworming agent

 

· It is highly recommended in hyperacidity and epigastric pain as it suppresses pitta that is the main culprit in the aggravation of such illness.

 

· Good results have also been seen in gastritis

 

· Widely and extensively used as blood purifier as it possess the properties like tickt rasa which helps in detoxifying any toxins floating in our blood stream which may lead to illness.

 

· It gives wonderful results in diabetes incipidus and diabetes mellitus due to presence of tickt rasa.

 

· It is very helpful in curing urinary tract infection

 

· It stimulates liver for proper functioning therefore helps in maintaining proper secretions of liver

 

· It acts on all kinds of skin disorders and provides great relief.

 

· It works as an anti inflammatory and pain relieving agent

 

· It also helps in suppressing extra heat generated in body due to any reason thus helps in maintaing normal condition in hyperthermia. Very useful in suppressing fever.

 

· Anti malarial action of neem has also been seen

 

· Since old times neem leaves have been used as an agent that helps in increasing vision as it helps in suppressing kapha disorders thus releasing congestion on eyeballs caused due to mucus accumulation in sinuses.

 

· Coughing is relieved by use of neem water

 

· It helps in reducing excess micturition (urination)

 

· It has given very good results in diseases like gonorrhea and syphilis.

 

· It works as an immunoboosting agent therefore making our immune system very strong and efficient to fight against any foreign invasion making our body strong and disease free

Heart Disease:Including high blood pressure, blood clots, cholesterol, and Arrhythmia/rapid heart beat.

 

Blood Disorders: Including poor circulation, blood poisoning, and kidney problems.

 

Digestive Disorders: Including heartburn/indigestion, peptic/duodenal ulcers, gastritis, and hemorrhoids.

 

Nervous Disorders: Including anxiety, epilepsy, and hives.

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Grains worth millions rot at Udaipur railway station

Posted by Admin on July 9, 2010

Thu, Jul 8 03:55 PM

Udaipur, July 8 (ANI): In a case of gross administrative negligence, grain stock worth millions of rupees has been left to rot at the Rana Pratap Railway Station in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city.

Containing thousands of kilograms of wheat and peas, hundreds of gunnysacks had arrived at the station from Punjab and Haryana. They were to be supplied under the public distribution system to the below poverty line (BPL) households in the region.

The Food Corporation of India (FCI) had sent nearly 100,000 gunnysacks carrying wheat meant for consumption by poor, while the National Cooperative Consumers Federation (NCCF) for India had transported many tonnes of yellow peas for the same purpose.

Due to lack of proper storage facilities, the grain was left in open and the monsoon speeded up their decay.

Noticing such negligence, furious local residents confronted NCCF official Jitendra Dubey, who had arrived at the platform to inspect the consignment.

“These grains are meant for the poorest of the poor, the below poverty line (BPL) households that live on these grains. Millions of poor people are waiting for the grain stocks, which are rotting here. The situation is deplorable since no one, from the contractor to the railway officials and food corporation authorities of India are concerned about this,” said Jitendra Shastri, President of the Udaipur Youth Forum.

When asked the reason for the authorities failing to preserve the food stock, Dubey refused to comment.

Emitting a repugnant odour, the grains have still not been carted out of the railway station, and rodents and insects have now infested the stock. A white layer of fungi has also been observed forming on many of the gunnysacks.

“The food stock is lying rotten on the ground. A white fungus like layer has formed upon the gunnysacks and due to the rains, they have been rendered useless and inedible. The stock is stinking. However, despite all this, there is no separation of grains being done by the contractors who are supplying this stock. It is unfortunate that these rotting grains will be transported to the cities and supplied to consumers,” said Ramesh, a local consumer.

The supply and consumption of such infected food grains could be dangerous to human health, he added.

Meanwhile, the authorities maintained that the grain has not been destroyed as yet, and that the transportation and supply was going on to the ‘best of their abilities.’

“The grain stock has not destroyed as yet. Thousands of gunny bags are currently lying on the railway platform, and the labourers have been working hard to transport them to godowns. They work from morning till evening. The stock arrived at the station just four days back, and yesterday there was a national shutdown. How much work can the labourers possible do?” said Himmat Singh Bhati, a Food Corporation of India official stated. (ANI)

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Monsanto has limited involvement

Posted by Admin on February 11, 2010

Thursday February 11, 02:45 AM Source: Indian Express Finance

Monsanto has limited involvement in Bt Brinjal

By fe Bureau

Global seed giant Monsanto on Wednesday said it was not responsible for the development of Bt Brinjal, a day after the Centre deferred commercial introduction of the genetically modified crop. In a statement, the US-based company said the crop has been indigenously developed by Indian seed and biotech company Mahyco, with the crucial gene accessed from Monsanto. The company said its association with Mahyco is restricted to the minority financial stake of 26%, through Monsanto Holdings Pvt Ltd a 100% subsidiary of Monsanto Company, USA. “Monsanto will continue to conduct research in our focus crops cotton, corn and vegetables, in compliance with the Regulatory protocols. Monsanto believes better seed, biotech-enhancements, and improved agronomic practices hold the long-term solution to increasing crop productivity sustainably,” the company said. Mahyco has independently conducted Bt brinjal research for over nine years in full compliance with the guidelines and directives of the regulatory authorities to ensure its safety; making Bt brinjal the most rigorously tested vegetable with 25 environmental biosafety studies.

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