Category Archives: Agriculture

Five Foods We Thought Were Bad for Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good

Five Foods We Thought Were Bad for Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good

Sunday, 03 May 2015 00:00By Larry Schwartz, AlterNet | TRUTHOUT Report

Remember when eggs were bad for us before they were good for us? Or when certain heart disease was the devil’s bargain we made for loving a good cheeseburger? You may be excused for the vertigo you experience from all the flip-flops, twists and turns written over the years about the goodness or badness of any number of foods. For all of the “scientific” studies of nutrition and health, the bottom line is that we know something about the food we eat. But truthfully, the science behind what we ingest and how it affects our health is in its infancy.

There are numerous reasons why we are get conflicting information, partly because of how some journalists interpret scientific reports. Most reputable research papers are broken down the same way. There is an introduction/background, a methods section explaining how the research was performed, a results section, discussion/conclusion, and finally a summary. Continue reading

OKRA (OCHRO) – Biblical foods of the world – By Lance Seeto – Fiji Times Online

OKRA- Biblical foods of the world

OKRA plant

OKRA plant

Lance Seeto
Sunday, April 26, 2015 – Fiji Times Online

I’ve always been a big believer that the ancient fruits and vegetables found in ancient religious and biblical texts have a special role to play in our diet.

Not only did our early ancestors enjoy them, but most of them have special medicinal value that has helped protect against disease for thousands of years.

Take okra. Also known as bhindi, lady’s finger and gumbo, okra is a nutritional powerhouse used throughout history for both medicinal and culinary purposes.  Once loved by the Egyptians and still used in many dishes today (such as the famous Southern American gumbo dish), this pod-producing, tropical vegetable dates back over 3500 years.

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The View from Europe: The future is services – By David Jessop – Commentary

Commentary: The View from Europe: The future is services
Published on April 25, 2015 – By David Jessop
When in the early 1990s it became apparent that Europe’s preferential regimes for Caribbean bananas and sugar were coming to an end, an impassioned debate began about a transition to other forms of economic activity. For the most part, the language then was about alternative crops, import substitution, manufacturing, exports and financial services, with little said about tourism, as its sustainability was widely regarded as uncertain.

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  David Jessop

Since then the world has moved on. Tourism has come to dominate most Caribbean economies; offshore financial services, after being encouraged, have come under threat from the same developed countries that had originally recommended them; and agriculture has only begun to genuinely reorient itself where it is low cost, has clear niche opportunities, or there is a recognised need to ensure food security.

Although this diminished role for traditional agriculture is still hard for some in the region to accept, it is clear that the greater part of the economic future for smaller economies is now in services (alongside taking much greater advantage of the Caribbean’s economically strategic location to transship, assemble or manufacture). So much so that in the small island economies it is likely to be the services sector that becomes the significant economic driver in the future.
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US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest and criticism – video

US$60M Marriott opening greeted by protest

April 17, 2015 | By APNU+AFC boycotts ceremony

By Kiana Wilburg

President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham during the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.Photo:President Donald Ramotar and Senior Vice President of the Marriot International Inc., Brenda Durham at ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Guyana Marriott Hotel.

Anticipations were high for the much-touted grand opening of the Marriott Hotel at Kingston, the first of its kind in these parts. It was supposed to be a major project initiated by the former administration and now being completed by the Donald Ramotar government.

Ahead of the May 11 general elections, it was expected to be a proud moment. But the expected spectacular event complete with pomp and fanfare fizzled yesterday, falling short of expectations.  Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 15 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 15 April 2015

  • Protests to greet Marriott opening
  • Family doubts Police record of Lethem man who died in Police custody
  • Head of OAS Observer Mission arrives for pre-elections assessment
  • Female GuySuCo worker stung by bees succumbs; relatives disappointed with GuySuCo
  • Ramotar, Harper put off stakeholder engagement on women’s issues
  • Crum-Ewing family says Police have phone records that could help solve case
  • Sports

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Protests to greet Marriott opening

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Guyana: Kaieteur News – News items for April 2015

Kaieteur News – News items for April 2015

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Guyana produces at US$800 per ton, sells for US$300

Guyana produces at US$800 per ton, sells for US$300

GuySuCo CEO, Dr. Raj Singh

GuySuCo CEO,
Dr. Raj Singh

April 3, 2015 | By KNews |  Low sugar price on the world market

The Guyana sugar industry is facing an even bleaker future with prices sliding to their lowest levels since February 2009. The dismally low prices come at a time when the country failed over the last three years to lock in a multi-year agreement with its biggest customer in Europe – Tate & Lyle – leaving the country at the mercy of the international markets.

This week, the price for a pound of sugar on the world market went down to US$0.12.
This simply means that should the prices on the world market remain on course – and there are not any immediate indications of significant movements upwards in the immediate future – Guyana would be selling sugar in the vicinity of a highly uncompetitive US$265 per ton.   Continue reading

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 02 April 2015

Guyana: Capitol TV News Videos – 02 April 2015

  • Ramsammy, who bought spy equipment for drug lord Roger Khan, says Character “impeccable”
  • GuySuCo gets US$30 million in power swapping deal
  • Webster “not familliar” with domestic abuse claims by former First Lady
  • Mayor says Nominations Day activities will go ahead at City Hall
  • ome Rastafarians say don’t support Theocracy party
  • Linden Businessman charged with trafficking 178 kilos cocaine
  • Relatives of Soesdyke woman who disappeared 4-years-ago, disappointed with Police investigation
  • A Look at the Courts
  • Sports

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Guyana: Rice industry at boiling point – no markets for increased production

Rice industry at boiling point

Dr. Turhane Doerga

Dr. Turhane Doerga

MARCH 1, 2015 | BY – farmers ready to endorse Opposition – Alesie

The rice industry is facing a deep crisis with no markets for a significant quantity that will be generated in the coming crop.
The situation may even cause millers to reduce purchases of paddy and definitely affect the price being offered to farmers, says Dr. Turhane Doerga, senior official of Alesie Rice.

Doerga, a fierce critic of the way the rice industry is being managed, issued the warnings during a press conference on Thursday at the Georgetown Club.  He is part of the Rice Producers Association Action Committee (RPAAC), a breakaway faction of the Guyana Rice Producers Association (RPA). Also there was RPAAC’s official, Jinnah Rahman, a rice farmer from West Demerara.  Continue reading

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