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The assessment, by James S. Diana of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (USA), notes that despite well-publicized concerns about some harmful effects of aquaculture, the technique may, when practiced well, be no more damaging to biodiversity than other food production systems. [...] it may be the only way to supply growing demand for seafood as the human population increases.
inform March 2009, Vol. 20 (3) 147 from 8,000 acres (about 3,200 hectares) in AOCS member and Principal Research Acquisitions/ 1995 to over 400,000 acres in 2008. Scientist Rod Mailer. “We will be testing mergers/spinoffs 10 different collapsible bags and two rigid COCONUT plastic containers, each with a 1,000-litre Engineering professor Walter Bradley and capacity,’’ Mailer told the Weekly Times Environmental Lubricants Manufac- two students from Baylor University in (Australia) newspaper. turing, Inc. (ELM: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Waco, Texas, USA, are using coconut USA) has spun off its metalworking fluids fibers in place of petroleum-based syn- PALM OIL technology to Performance BioLubes thetic polyester fibers to make compres- Palm oil producers in Nigeria spoke out in (PBL: Morton Grove, Illinois, USA). PBL sion-molded composites for automobile January 2009 against the Nigerian govern- was formed by the distributors of ELM parts such as bed liners, floorboards, sun ment’s plan to lift the ban on the importa- metalworking fluid products and includes visors, and inside door covers. The team tion of palm oil and other related products, former ELM metalworking fluids manager is working with Waco-based Hobbs according to a report in the Africa News Gene Tripp. Bonded Fibers, which supplies car parts newsletter. Implementation of the plan nnn to four major automotive companies, and would lead to wide-scale unemployment American Green Group, Inc. (New other manufacturers. Bradley told the on palm oil plantations and accelerate Haven, Connecticut, USA) announced Waco Tribune-Herald newspaper that he urban-rural migration, the Plantation that its wholly owned subsidiary, Eco- hopes to have the coconut car parts in Owners Forum of Nigeria said. Built Systems, LLC , will acquire Para- use by the second quarter of 2009. digm Polymers, Inc. (Macon, Georgia, nnn USA), a producer of soy-based spray foam Coconut oil exports from the Philip- insulation products. The transaction was pines are expected to reach at least 1 MMT expected to close in January 2009. in 2009, with both output and demand nnn expected to recover, a senior govern- Frutarom of Haifa, Israel, has signed an ment official recently told the Manila Bul- agreement to acquire the assets and busi- letin newspaper. The country, the world’s ness of the UK-based company Oxford largest exporter of coconut oil, was plan- Chemicals Ltd. for $12 million, accord- ning to export 1 MMT in 2008, but officials ing to Frutarom. Both companies produce said full-year shipments may only reach flavor and fragrance ingredients. 850,000 MT, less than the 886,561 MT exported in 2007. SUNFLOWER Commodities FISH OIL/MEAL Cargill has introduced its nongenetically modified sunflower lecithin in the Ameri- The production of seafood through cas, after the lecithin achieved GRAS status aquaculture will probably remain the (Generally Recognized as Safe) from the CACAO most rapidly increasing food production US Food and Drug Administration. The London cacao prices hit a 23-year high in system worldwide through 2025, accord- sunflower lecithin was introduced first in January 2009, but could see a price drop ing to an assessment published in BioSci- November 2008 in Europe, the Middle in 2009, according to the International ence (59:27–38, 2009). The assessment, East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific region,
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