In a moment we’ll look at some global investing ideas. Or you can skip Ecuador milk and go directly to Global Investment Thought.
First, how about some raw milk?
Our hotel Meson de las Flores makes its own ice cream with fresh raw milk from local diaries, plus they…
make and press their own fresh butter.
Our health is enhanced with raw milk and in Ecuador raw milk is easy to obtain. We get it for the hotel every day. The cost is about 45 cents a quart, delivered fresh daily from the local dairy.
In the US, it’s a task. To get it in North Carolina, we have to buy it from a friend of a friend who will not say who produces the raw milk.
In Florida I noticed a health food store selling raw milk and raw organic yogurt labeled “for pet use only.” We used to buy our French salt in a similar way “for deer licks only”!
How sad that informed adults have to play such games to get what is good that they want.
There is very little raw milk sold in America and this is sad as it’s a highly health-promoting food. The government story is that raw milk can carry disease. More to the point pasteurizing milk extends shelf life and makes it easier for big business to be more profitable.
One can become sick from any contaminated food as the nation has learned from meat, spinach and peanut butter all to well.
In California where raw milk can be sold, millions have consumed it without a single person getting sick. During the same period, there were many instances where people became so ill from pasteurized milk they died!
Raw milk provides minerals, beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus acidolphilus, vitamins and enzymes and in Ayurved is considered one of the best foods there is. Pasteurized non organic milk is viewed as poison as the process changes the structure of the milk proteins and destroys the milk’s beneficial bacteria.
Pasteurized cow’s milk has been associated with intestinal distress, iron-deficiency anemia, allergies, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, cancer and more.
With so much sun and plenty of rain, the grass is rich, even in Cotacachi at 7,500 feet altitude for…
these organic cows.
Raw Milk Delight
One great food made from raw milk was taught to Merri and me by a shaman here in Ecuador. I call it Sun Yogurt. Get raw milk. Boil it. Let it cool. Pour it in a green bottle. Add a bit of yogurt if you wish. Set it in the sun for the day. That night you will have a rich creamy almost custard yogurt! It’s rich and delicious.
In Ecuador we buy fresh, raw milk by the pail full… creamy to make our own butter, ice cream and yogurt.
There is great fresh, non fermented (queso fresco) cheese in the markets.
Nearby our hotel there is also organic dairy and Swiss cheese factory. Here is the barnyard and…
here are their cows.
Their cave filled with great Swiss cheese.
We serve this Ecuador cheese at our hotel.
Ecuador also has really great honey that creates some export income opportunity… like this honey and Macadamia nuts offered by the Ecuador Honey Company. We”ll look at this in more detail in tomorrow’s message.
Learn more about our Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour here
Global Investment Thought
Jyske Global Asset Management’s recent update points out what is becoming obvious… the global economy is picking up. JGAM said:
* The Case-Shiller U.S. home price index rose for the second month in a row in June.
* The German IFO business confidence survey came in above expectations, rising for a fifth month in a row.
* Australia’s leading economic indicators continue to suggest a broad recovery over the coming months.
* BCA’s (Bank Credit Analyst) Global Inflation Diffusion Index highlights that most components are falling. Furthermore, inflation typically responds to fluctuations in growth with a 1-1½ year lag, and this time around there is greater slack in the global economy.
In other words, the economy is recovering and inflation is down.
The immediate risks are that traditionally September and October are the most dangerous months for the US stock market. Signs of a double dip recession coinciding with the traditional market dip could create a new wave of self fulfilling fear.
This will create a good buying opportunity both in equities and real estate.
What’s a Double Dip?
I rarely allow myself to eat ice cream but recently while visiting grand kids, we took them to a Creamery and can attest to the fact that a Sweet Cream and Chocolate double dip on a waffle cone is, taste wise, pretty darn good.
Double Dips in the global economy do not bode so well, however.
A recession is a time of economic contraction and have always been followed by a return to economic expansion. However once in awhile when economic distortions that are being sorted out are severe, when the expansion finally starts, it does not continue. The economy contracts and dips back into recession again.
Economies now are improving globally. Yet unemployment and foreclosures remain a problem. Later this year a second “double dip” recession could return as it did in 1980, then again in 1981-82.
Current conditions are quite different now than in the early 1980s, the 1980-1983 downturn was eventually turned around with major federal spending and a major tax cut.
The period 2007-2010 cannot expect the tax cut which is a shame because Federal spending tends to be less efficient than tax cuts, Federal spending is usually inefficient. Tax cuts stimulate business and inroads into new forms of productivity.
Stock markets tend to do well (as they are now) in the middle of recessions. During the worst of all 1930s depression, the Dow rose 66.7 percent in 1933 and 38.5 percent in 1935. This is because big value oriented investors look ahead. Eventually economies recover and grow. This is when value investors cash in.
Yet the poor employment scenario suggests that the equity recovery could be modest. If this fact teams up with the nervousness acquired in 2008 and the autumnal downward forces… the most likely time for a market set back will be September and October.
With this in mind… values are good now for investors who can afford to buy and ride through another downturn that could last a year or so.
Until next message, may all you life be rich and delicious.
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Here are comments from a reader about the way we help: Hi Merri, I wanted to thank you once again for your recommendation that I try Sol de Vida. I have had time for thirteen treatments but now it’s time for me to return home. The people there are wonderful and I’m happy to say there has been a dramatic improvement in my (used-to-be) “bum” leg. I can now walk much longer distances and remain pain free! FYI, Sol de Vida changed to a new facility near Meson. I enjoyed my stay here at Meson and in Cotacachi and hope to return sometime soon… thanks again for your assistance!
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