Pineapple fields in Maui, Hawaii. (Photo: Bob Abraham/Getty Images)
December 06, 2013 By Willy Blackmore
Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor. He has written for The Awl, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere. full bio
Rare is the opportunity to compare Hawaii to Iowa, but when it comes to farming, the two otherwise disparate states have a common crop: seed corn.
Unlike Iowa, however, local government in the Aloha State is pushing back against Big Corn. Yesterday, the Big Island’s Mayor Billy Kenoi became the latest politician to take a policy stand against the growing presence of agribusiness in the state.
Located 2,470 miles from the mainland, the tropics of Hawaii bring to mind exotic fruits like guavas and pineapples and fields of towering sugarcane. Though tropical fruits have long played a key role in the archipelago’s agriculture—an industry that claims close to 2 million acres, or half of the state—farming in Hawaii has been changing in …
Over the last few years, homicides in Honduras have risen, even while violence falls in neighboring countries like El Salvador and Guatemala.
Arms and drug trafficking have flooded the country, contributing to high gang violence. Lax gun laws (civilians can own up to five personal firearms), corruption, and poverty make life in San Pedro Sula even worse.
In response to the article published by FreshPlaza, titled: Peru:"It's illogical to ship mangoes by air rather than by sea", Luca Garletti of the Italian company McGarlet, specialising in exotic fruits, is keen to point out: "Shipping the products by air is perfectly understandable for those who want to work with a high-quality product, which is popular and appreciated by the market. Instead of a 20-25 day journey by sea, in fact, the mango shipped by air arrives at its destination in just 48 hours, allowing you to send to consumers a fruit which is pretty much just picked from the tree."
A couple of weeks ago, the company McGarlet began the season of the Peruvian mango and will receive a total of 15 air-shipment by March 2014: "Overall, we move 12,000 parcels of mango using this mode of transportation, while other 100,000 packages will be imported by sea. The price to the final consumer for the goods arriving by air is 6-7 € / kg, which drops to 2 to 2.50 …
China bans financial institutions from trading Bitcoins
Bank of America issues its first research report on the virtual currency
Two major financial players, China's central bank and the Bank of America, weighed in Thursday on opposite sides on the viability of the wildly popular virtual currency Bitcoin.
The price of a Bitcoin fell below $1,000 after China's central bank banned financial institutions from trading the emerging currency, while Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in its first research report on Bitcoin, said the currency has potential to become a "major means" of payment.
The People's Bank of China said in a statement on its website that Bitcoin isn't a currency with "real meaning" and that its legal status was different from other currencies.
Bloomberg reported that Bitcoins traded at $980.00 early evening in Beijing on BitSt…