No luck with the bike road home last night. The chain broke and I took the bus. Sad. No I am scrambling to get a new to me mountain bike or fix my old 35-year old Schwinn Le Tour II.

What is in the news this morning? Not much cooking on the LinkedIn Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group. We did add a new member this morning from the Fresh & Easy group.

To my question: What is your favorite apple variety?

Pellegrini Luca, an Italian fruit trader said: Golden Delicious, when just picked from tree in Trentino mountains ;-)

Sounds awfully nice to me, too.

I posted a new question that I think could receive some interesting response:

If there is one thing you could stop people in the produce industry from doing, what would it be?

First answer: fighting

On the Google Fresh Produce Industry Discussion Group, Luis and Big Apple have been active as usual.

Luis posts a link to a Chicago Tribune article "Veggies work way into processed foods; But is that really a good way to get nutrients?"

From the story:

Now, food-makers, not government bureaucrats, are touting the vegetable content of such un-veggie foods as pasta products and snack crackers. And while nutrition experts say it is unwise to see these fortified products as a substitute for the four-to-six daily servings of fresh vegetables recommended by the USDA for a balanced diet, the enriched products do have some added nutritional value.

 

Meanwhile, Big Apple posted an item from Discovery News headlined "Pesticide concerns may actually harm us"

From the story:

The levels of pesticides that linger on fruits and vegetables are much less of a health threat than eating too little produce, argued a scientist at this week's meeting of the American Chemical Society in Denver.

According to growing evidence, said Bruce Ames, senior scientist at the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California, even slight nutrient deficiencies can lead to chronic health problems. With less access to affordable produce, low-income populations face the biggest risks.

 

"If you ask the public what is causing cancer, they'll say it's the pesticides on fruits and vegetables, but that's the wrong message to give people," Ames said. "To me, the real risks are eating a bad diet, even if you just take obesity."

 

I'll check with you at the end of the day for some more links and news, and hopefully you can give me some direction on a new mountain bike.