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Thursday
Jan192012

Eye | Bill Clinton @ National Retail Federation | Top Nutrient Dense Foods

Bill Clinton and Macy’s Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Terry J. LundgrenAmerica’s 42nd president and founder of the William J Clinton Foundation was cautiously hopeful, speaking before a crowd of 5,000 at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention Monday in New York.  Citing a 5 percent growth rate in retail last year, Clinton said retail ourperformed the total economy at 2 percent. WWD reports:

However, the 42nd president of the U.S. and founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation, cited the deep financial and psychological impact of the current economic crisis including how people feel about themselves and their prospects which are changing, noting that many men are taking retail jobs that traditionally went to women. “All during my childhood and young adulthood, I never doubted not for one minute I could make a living.” But the recent economic crisis has “shattered” that line of thought for people. “This is more than just an economic crisis. It’s gone to the core of people’s sense of who they are and what they are worth.”

Clinton’s speech was themed ‘Embracing Our Common Humanity’ and it covered the world’s unsustainable way of life; his humanitarian efforts in Haiti; and fighting childhood obesity in the US. Speaking of childhood obesity, Clinton said it could “bankrupt the health care system if we don’t do something about it.”

On the subject of solutions, Clinton cited the development of high-end manufacturing jobs and patronizing the small independent shopkeeper. High-end manufacturing jobs support American research labs, and America must not lose those, said Clinton.

Citing Corning Glass, based in upstate New York, Clinton said:

“Corning manufactures all over the world but they also manufacture here because their labs are here,” Clinton said. “They want manufacturing and research together so they can check [new products] right away.…The manufacturing structure ought to give people incentives to do this.”

Top Nutrient Dense Foods

Organic Authority details The 8 Most Nutrient Dense Foods on Earth. Voilà chocolate is on the list, but only in the right form. The 8 foods included are spirulina, kale, hemp seeds, chocolate, brocolli, spinach, chia and berries. Talking chocolate, we read:

Cacao beans are so nutrient-dense that scientists haven’t even begun to identify all the benefits in the little bean yet. Don’t grab a Snickers though—the good stuff is found only in raw cacao beans or nibs (or really, really dark chocolate). Minerals, vitamins and tons of antioxidants are great for your heart, skin, and release chemicals in the brain that make you feel like you’re in love.

Raw Cacao Powder Tops Antioxidants Foods List      More chocolate health news

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Scientists Sequence Superior Quality Cacao DNA | Will Raiders Get A Sweet Tooth?

Scientists have sequenced the DNA of a variety of ‘theobroma cacao’, considered to produce the world’s finest chocolate.

According to Science Daily, “fungal diseases can destroy seed-bearing pods and wipe out up to 80 percent of the crop, and cause an estimated $700 million in losses each year.”

By sequencing the cacao genome, the US Department of Agriculture may help insure the supply of high-quality cacao to the $17 billion American chocolate industry.

Worldwide demand for cacao now exceeds demand, a reality prompting commodities trader Anthony to try to corner the global chocolate market.

As long we we keep commodity’s trader Anthony Ward away from poor farmers who will benefit from this scientific advancement, the world may have a win-win for truly free markets.

The Ivory Coast, producer of 40% of the global cacao supply had a much stronger than predicted cacao season, ending Mr. Ward’s anticipation of causing an international shortage of cacao, a critical health and libido-boosting food.

Let’s hope Ward is on to corn flakes, known to be a libido-depressing food, leaving chocolate lovers alone. Presently fine cocoa production is about 5 percent of global cacao production. Currently most cacao farmers earn about $2 a day, but fine chocolate commands a higher price.

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