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2008-03-03 11:00:00

One of the most comprehensive investigations done to date on aromatherapy failed to show any improvement in either immune status, wound healing or pain control among people exposed to two often-touted scents.While one of two popular aromas touted by alternative medicine practitioners "“ lemon "“ did appear to enhance moods positively among study subjects, the other "“ lavender "“ had no effect on reported mood, based on three psychological tests.Neither lemon nor...

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2008-01-03 08:50:00

TAMPA, Fla. - Florida's citrus growers reported only minor damage early Thursday from a blast of cold air, even as snow flurries fell in at least one part of the Sunshine State. Citrus industry officials believe the state's groves escaped major damage, because it didn't get as cold as forecast. When temperatures get down to 28 degrees for four hours, a tree can be ruined. While forecasts said it could get that cold overnight, temperatures hovered in the 30s in central and South Florida...

2006-11-28 12:00:48

By Susan Salisbury, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. Nov. 27--LABELLE, Fla. -- If George Anderson's vision comes to fruition, Florida will one day become the nation's macadamia capital, with the tasty, creamy nut surpassing citrus as its signature crop. Florida's fruit growers, worn out and worried by the diseases of citrus canker and greening, are clamoring for the macadamia trees faster than Anderson can produce them. He sold out the first 8,000 baby trees before they were even big...

2006-07-12 15:16:27

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - For the second straight season, late-maturing oranges in hurricane-hit areas will leave Florida with one of its worst citrus crops in more than a decade, federal agriculture officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture again reduced its production forecast, now projecting that Florida will produce 151 million boxes of oranges, a third less than earlier seasons. This season's production is expected to finish slightly better than the last year's 149 million...

2006-05-17 07:10:00

By Rene Pastor NEW YORK -- Citrus industry executive Ben King's home in Florida was just 20 miles from where three consecutive hurricanes crisscrossed the southern U.S. state in a six-week span in 2004. Few in Florida's $9.1-billion citrus industry thought it could get any worse that that. Then Hurricane Wilma rampaged through southern Florida last year, a record-breaking hurricane season that also spawned hurricanes Katrina and Rita, devastated New Orleans and caused tens of billions of...

2005-10-19 08:06:37

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Wilma, the record-tying 21st storm of a harsh Atlantic hurricane season, may devastate prime citrus and sugar crops in Florida, officials warned on Wednesday. The Sunshine State's $9.1 billion citrus industry is fretting about the storm and the cane plantations in the state also lie at risk only a year after three hurricanes in quick succession pummeled Florida's groves. Wilma grew into a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane with winds of...

2005-10-09 19:19:21

REDLAND, Fla. -- To the untrained eye, the thousands of trees and plants at the Fruit and Spice Park look simply like lush greenery. But don't be fooled. The dark bushes sprouting little red beans are African "miracle fruit," which block the tongue's ability to taste sour and make fresh limes taste sweet as sugar. The tall Sapodilla tree bleeds white goo that was the source of the first chewing gum. And the papaya plant produces a milky sap that was once popular as meat tenderizer and now...

2005-08-17 13:33:12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a preliminary decision, the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday ordered anti-dumping duties ranging from 24.62 to 60.29 percent on imports of orange juice from Brazil. The highest rate of 60.29 percent was ordered on shipments from Montecitrus Industria e Comercio Ltda, followed by Fischer Agroindustria at 31.04 percent, and Sucocitrico Cutrale at 24.62 percent, the Commerce Department said. All other companies will be subject to anti-dumping duties of...

2005-08-17 10:15:19

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday will issue a preliminary decision on its investigation into whether imports of Brazilian orange juice were sold at unfair prices below production costs. A department spokeswoman said it would make the anti-dumping duty announcement at about 1:30 p.m. EDT. Florida Citrus Mutual, the state's largest growers organization, asked the U.S. government on December 27 to impose anti-dumping duties on Brazilian imports of frozen...

2005-07-06 16:03:53

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - It will take at least 2 more years to halt an outbreak of citrus canker that already has forced Florida's commercial growers to destroy more than 5 percent of their trees, officials in the $9.1 billion industry said on Wednesday. Florida produces more than three-fourths of the United States' citrus fruit and its 10-year campaign to eradicate the disease suffered a devastating blow last year when a trio of hurricanes spread the canker-causing bacteria...


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