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ChocOops! Two Way Export Earnings


Oops! I made a mistake this morning.

Sometimes we can profit from error and this goof that I made can help us learn a couple of methods to earn extra income with two way exports.

First the mistake.  I have been eating too much chocolate and must have been on a sugar high because this morning’s health tip mentioned a 12 square chocolate extra dark chocolate bar and then promptly showed the nutrition facts from a 16 square bar.   Plus beyond that my math was wrong.  The message said that six squares equaled 90 calories.  Actually it should read four squares equals 112 calories.

The tip showed a simple tip how as a chocoholic… I sometimes allow myself an part of an Extra dark Chocolate… or any good dark chocolate to keep my weight in check.  I really like the real chocolate from Ecuador but sometimes I run out. I like the Hershey’s because it’s practical, simple and inexpensive.  Easy to find and the price is good.  I keep my eyes open at the dollar stores and often find these extra dark bars for a dollar a bar.  Some dark chocolate can be expensive but that price is a bargain!  I don’t eat but a tiny bit, but it helps me to know that being dark and high in chocolate, low in sugar and low in calories that every once in a while I can splurge.

Plus half a bar has about 225 calories.

An entire big 16 square bar is however 450 calories according the nutrition facts on the wrapper and I find that less than half a bar totally satisfies my chocolate craving.  Chocolate is also a source of antioxidants….or so they say…(this helps me feel a little less guilty!)

Fwd: chocolate

Of course there is a lot more we can do to improve our nutrition.  This is just one little trick to keep choco cravings at bay.

Here is the lesson we can learn from my error on how to earn from two way exports. 

A sharp eyed reader who obviously did better in school at arithmetic than I… sent this note.  Well Gary, you got the chocolate bar wrong. 180 calories is for ONE serving, and there are 2.4 servings per whole bar. So the entire bar would be 432 calories.

I don’t think I’ve seen those other bars you show, but I really like Ecuadorian chocolate. I usually buy the organic Kallari 85% Cacao
bars. Also the bars with dried Blueberries. And any other organic that is at least 70% Cacao. And the cocoa covered cacao beans.

I’ve got an Cuenca born girl friend who tells me most locals prefer imported chocolates. I certainly don’t know why!!

Speaking of blueberries, that is the one fruit that is hard to come by here in Cuenca. I’ve had friends tell me they have seen them in the
Super Maxi, certain times of the year. I’ve yet to find them, in 19 months here. Although I buy 90% of my fruits/vegies in the local
mercados.

Here is the lesson.   Distance creates mystery. Rarity creates value.  Ecuador chocolate in Ecuador is seen by the locals as not so special.  They would rather have the special Hersheys. Here Hershey is not seen as special.   Ecuador chocolate is seen as the special stuff.

So.. when you travel to Ecuador… take Hersey bars.  When you return, bring back a big bag of Ecuador chocolate bars. Buy locally low… Sell abroad high.

Learn more ways to earn with exports below.

#1: Export Ecuador Chocolate.

ecuador-chcoclate

Ecuadorian  chocolate.

The next Ecuador Exports Tour is August 31-Sept. 1-2-3-4, 2011

Ecuador Exports tour for one  $749 Reserve here for a couple $999

Join the Ecuador Export Tour directed by Bonnie Keough who is actively exporting from Ecuador now.

Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!

Join other like minded souls in Ecuador.  Learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through an Ecuador export business.

See Ecuador export potential  in Ecuador.

In wood products.  In Ecuador’s art.

ecuador-exports

 

In jewelry and all types of exports.

This tour goes to the high Andes.

You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and attraction.

In addition, over the years we’ve combined this knowledge and experience with contacts in the form of American and European readers who now live and work in Ecuador. Working with them Bonnie and Jean Marie have set up office and business facilities to create an export support service that we can now offer to you.

They have even created a one of a kind post office channel so you can ship  goods quickly and safely from Ecuador to the USA or worldwide.

You learn from tour leaders who have practical experience.  They will tell you about their shipping experiences and what they have learned from them, good and bad.

Timing for such a business has never been better!

Exporting has already created fortunes for a few sophisticated individuals. Now because of our knowledge, experience and contacts, a special business is available for you. Until recently, operating an overseas business took a great deal of time and effort to start. This is no longer true.

Technology makes it possible to take your business where opportunity is best and allows you to run this business from anywhere in the world.

This tour offers an extra $897 + bonus value. When you enroll in the Ecuador export tour you are entitled to five bonuses, our three $299 emailed courses “Tangled Web How to have an Internet Business course” Self fulfilled how to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”, plus a 52 lesson course on “How to Build Your own Web site and a video from our webmaster David Cross on “How to Use a Website to Generate Income”. 

You gain this $897 + value FREE.

The tour’s mission  is to help you actually find products that:

#1: Can be sold to easily identified markets.

#2: Can be marked up many times while allowing a fair trade for the indigenous.

#3: Can be imported in a suitcase.

The tour lets you see in a practical way  how to achieve the goals taught in the course.  See more about Ecuador exports here.

#2: Earn with Ecuador Cocoa, Coffee and Agriculture.  Check out blueberry farming in Ecuador.

The reader above wrote:  Speaking of blueberries, that is the one fruit that is hard to come by here in Cuenca. I’ve had friends tell me they have seen them in the Super Maxi, certain times of the year. I’ve yet to find them, in 19 months here. Although I buy 90% of my fruits/vegies in the local mercados.

If there is a lack of blueberries in Ecuador look for agricultural land where blueberries can be grown… or import blueberries to Ecuador.

Agriculture has a bright future and there are few places with as much agricultural potential and diversity as Ecuador. It is not surprising that many readers ask us about Ecuador farmland or agricultural property there.

Here is what Jean Marie Butterlin has explained about the first Ecuador real estate tour he will conduct this October 2011.

The key to living in Ecuador is really in the INCOME part of the equation.   How can you generate income without working too hard?

A lot of clients on our real estate tours ask  “How can  I generate a little income in Ecuador”?  I have put together a special plan for those seeking to move and earn in Ecuador now!

Here is the plan and here are the facts:

* Every economist is currently saying that agriculture will be the next place to invest because :

  • God is not making more arable land.
  • The world is running out of food.  China has been buying and leasing arable land all over Africa and in South America for example.  A lot of the smart money is going into arable all over the continent.

* Ecuador has some of the cheapest yet best agricultural land in all of South America.  The climate is best for growing as well with 365 days a year of direct sunlight.  In many parts of Ecuador, farmers can get 3 and even 4 harvests per year, depending on the water available on the property.

* However, most Ecuadorian farmers have not yet learned how to produce and manage a farm. They are lacking higher education and management skills as well as equipment.  Some Ecuador farmers still plow with oxen.

There is a great opportunity that lies in this combination of cheap, arable land, the geographical place of Ecuador on the equator and lack of good agronomical skills.

Here is the chance to attend the first agri business expedition, planned for October 17, 18 and 19.

This is a tour for those who want to have an active agricultural business in Ecuador and have $100,000 minimum to invest.

This tour will be conducted over three long, jam packed days to provide you a low cost efficient way to inspect Ecuador agricultural property that is legitimately for sale at a reasonable price.

Day 1 – 9 am to 6 pm: Detailed presentations by agri engineers and specialists of several type of agri businesses. These presentations  include costs, types of soils for each type of crop, risk analysis, potential profits, timing, where to find the buyers of crops,  introduction to buyers  looking for specific crops.

On the tour we look “outside the box” at crops that can for example produce “biofuel”. We’ll look at land where one company in Manta will buy every available crop at market price.   We know the owners of that company and you will be introduced to them.

Day 2: Visits farms for sale.  Here is one farm we will inspect.  This agri property has 203 hectares (507 acres) divided into:

28 hectares (70 cares) of balsa trees.  In 5 years these will fetch $30,000 a hectare.

30 hectares (75 acres) of African palm trees in production (the nuts fetch $250 per ton).

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– 140 hectares (350 acres) of pasture sufficient for 200 head of cattle or other crops that can produce an excellent return.

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– 3 small

Ecuador-agricultural-land

and one large river along the property with water availability.

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– Close to the main road

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– $6600/hectare ($2,640 an acre) asking including a small casita for caretakers.

Day 3: Q&A’s with the agri specialists…with round table discussions. We will break into small groups to discuss in more details each business its costs and potential profits.

We will have inspected and investigated all properties prior paying special attention to three special issues:

* water on site
* access roads
* good port close

We will only show land that has water in Manabi province near Manta the second largest port in Ecuador.

We will have investigated electricity, pricing and title plus will have speakers during breakfast and dinners who will discuss these  issues and the legal matters pertaining to agri businesses in Ecuador.

These experts will be available for consulting during the tour and later… covering technical matters on which crops are best suited for each soil and what times of the year are best for planting and harvest.  The tour pays special attention to reviewing the marketing aspect of each crop and where to find buyers.

We use our contacts with local people were born in the area… who know the land owners… who know what the “market” price should be and we do not show farmland where the seller is asking an unrealistic price or if there are any doubts about ownership or clear title.

We also provide administration, accounting and legal consultants who will answer questions about owning and running a company in Ecuador, a civil code country and very different from the US and Canada which run on common law.

Optional Day 4 and 5: residential real estate tour of the mid coast from Manta to Cojimies.

Included in the tour fee:

*  Agri engineers who can help you start your business, provide services and the follow up.

* Legal experts in incorporation, administration accounting etc..

* Experts in marketing agricultural crops.

Although we do not advise being absentee owner, we can provide all the services needed to run the business with our agricultural team.

If your agricultural knowledge is limited, we have the experts who will help you through the learning curve.

The big Question is “How much can someone make in agri business in Ecuador?”

The Answer:  We will not show any businesses that do not produce on a regular basis at least 10% net return. Many agri businesses you will see can pay off land costs within 1 to 2 years.

Arrival date is October 15 in Quito. Travel to Manta and Bahia October 16, 2011.

Travel back to Quito on October 20th. (or October 22 if real estate tour option is added).

Included in the price are all local transportation including domestic airfare from Quito to Manta and lodging.  Meals are not included.

Agri Business Expedition fee is $1,990/single $2,990 couple.

2 day Ecuador residential real estate option $299/single   $499/couple;

Tour Plus Extension Single  $2,289

Tour Plus Extension Couple  $3,489

You may decide to take the option during the agri expedition.

For efficiency and logistics, this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

 

 

 

 

Wait on Weight – Health Tip


Most of us should wait on adding weight… or avoid extra pounds altogether so here is an energy tip.

See a little… very EZ health tip below.

During times of change, there is great opportunity for those who are alert and ready to embrace change and grasp and act upon opportunities created by altering events.

This alertness requires energy… wellness and the willingness to overcome inertia.

Plus excess weight can lead to health problems as we saw a our recent posting  “What R U Going To Do – Weighty Ideas”.

Poor health can reduce energy and cost a lot in monetary terms.

Good nutrition helps provide this energy… but we are not always able to eat as we should.  Practically the entire food energy in the Western World is aimed at getting you to eat that which is addictive and profitable to sell… not what is good for your energy and health.

If you are like me you often fight the battle of the bulge.  Growing up in the USA… Mcdonalds… Coca Cola… and Hershey’s owned me. By the time I headed for Hong Kong I was an unhealthy 220 pounds as my first passport photo shows.

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Asian nutritional opportunities altered my eating habits and I shed 7o pounds… though I have always had to work at keeping my weight under control.

As a chocoholic… one simple trick I use is  the Hersheys Extra dark Chocolate… or any good dark chocolate. I really like the real chocolate from Ecuador but sometimes I am out.   I like the Hershey’s because it’s practical simple and inexpensive. Some dark chocolate can be expensive but that price is a bargain!  I don’t eat but a tiny bit, but it helps me to know that being dark and high in chocolate, low in sugar and low in calories that every once in a while I can splurge.

Plus a fourth of a bar has about 112 calories.

An entire big 16 square bar is only 450 calories according the nutrition facts on the wrapper and that can satisfy my chocolate craving as a snack.  Chocolate is also a source of antioxidants….or so they say…(this helps me feel a little less guilty!)  If I only have a tiny bit, I am OK with calories and OK not to have cravings.

Of course there is a lot more we can do to improve our nutrition.  This is just one little trick to keep choco cravings at bay.

One formula for an extra burst of energy has been around for hundreds of years, but almost everyone misses it.  The fatal attraction of good living and lure of easy fast food affects too many of us in negative ways.

Again and again I have heard from friends about how stuffed and frustrated they are with extra pounds and the lethargy they can bring. Even worse is the heaviness of spirit that accompanies this physical excess.  Commerce conditions us that thin is good and then lures us into eating in a way that makes us less than thin… leaving us feeling ill fitting in our society…as well as in our clothes.

To enjoy life and really have energy, it is important that we are not too full. Yet most of us in the western world never have even experienced an empty stomach.

One sure way to gain an extra burst of energy is to fast. This discipline can range from skipping dinner, to longer term affairs. Merri and like an occasional three day juice fast and usually don’t eat at night, having instead just a boiled milk or a boiled milk with a bit of dark chocolate and no sugars. We find that when we feel lethargic, out of sorts and heavy in heart, nothing boosts us faster.

There are numerous references to this simple power generator in all types of spiritual texts. One of my favorites comes from the 14th century poet Rumi (you can read some of his best poems in the book “The Essential Rumi — by Coleman Barks). He’s what Rumi said:

Fasting

There’s hidden sweetness in the stomach’s emptiness. We are lutes, no more no less. If the soundbox is stuffed full of anything, no music. If the brain and the belly are burning clean with fasting, every moment a new song comes out of the fire. The fog clears, and a new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you. Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry. Emptier, write secrets with the reed pen. When you’re full of food and drink, an ugly metal statue sits where your spirit should. When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help. Fasting is Solomon’s ring. Don’t give in to illusion and lose your powers, but even if you have, if you’ve lost all will and control, they come back when you fast, like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pendants flying above them. A table descends to your tents, Jesus’ table. Expect to see it, when you fast, this table spread with other food, better than the broth of cabbages.

How explicit in such an awe inspiring way! So if you want to have more of the right stuff, have a little less for awhile. This is balance, the ultimate secret to power of the universe.

We can also gain weight control by eating in the Ecuadorian shamanic way.

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Ecuadorians are noted as the longest lived people on earth.  This in part is from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago.

First, the soil here is rich and alkaline and the food really fresh.

Ecuador food and nutrition are often a surprise to those who visit the country for the first time. Ecuador shamanic nutritional ideas can help health, energy and longevity.

Here is a typical note I receive from readers in Ecuador which contains this common Ecuador weight loss refrain.

Hi Merri, Thanks again to you and Gary for your help when I was checking out Cotacachi.  Things have worked out well.  I am healthier than I have ever been, lost 32 pounds since arriving in Sept.  Bought a house and have finished the first level.  What an amazing place you have found.  Thanks Phil

Ecuadorians are noted as among the longest lived people on earth. This is, in part, from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago. Since ancient times Andean Yatchaks, Shamans and Curanderos have taught healthy living supported by good nutrition. They based these healthy lifestyles on three ideals; clean food, good food combinations and a correct fat, carbohydrate and protein balance.

One reason Ecuador food is so good is that it is so fresh!

Cotacachi-food-market

Ecuador food is really inexpensive too.

The cornerstones of the Andean nutritional program are:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

#2: Eating combinations of food for ideal digestion.

#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.

#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

#7: Balancing nutritional with correct sleep and exercise.

Here is what Merri and I have learned.

#1: Eat a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Our diet keeps protein balance without excessive amounts of meat using quinoa, eggs, cheese and yoghurt instead. A great deal of poor health and stress is tied in to the underlying hormonal disturbance caused by the excess production of insulin. This imbalance normally comes from too much food and incorrect protein, carbohydrate, fat balances in the diet. Every time we eat, hormones in our body will change, either good or bad. Delicious food with a balance of 3 parts carbohydrates, two parts protein and one part fat have the power to orchestrate beneficial hormonal changes in our body.

#2: Eat the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.

Andean nutritional ideals also focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the stomach. Foods and spices are divided into three types neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include salt, pepper, chiles, oregano, corriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel. No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.

#3 & 4: Eat clean food prepared and served by happy, joyful people and eat in good spirits at the right times. Food should be beautiful as well…like this feta salad we eat at home.

feta-cheese-salad

Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who was awarded a Nobel prize for her groundbreaking work that shows the mind is not just in the brain but in the entire body. The mind and body communicate using the chemistry of emotion. Short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors are found in the brain, stomach, muscles, glands and all major organs. They send messages back and forth linking mind and body. When we are happy our entire body is happy and this chemistry has a dramatic impact on our food and digestion.

Andean beliefs view the body composed of three elements earth (Pacha Mama), fire (Taita Inti) and air (Pacha Kuti).

There are times of the day when each of these elements are most active. The digestive fires are highest at 12 noon, so a savory meal is normally eaten at this time.

A sweet breakfast accommodates a more sluggish digestive time and the evening is set aside for a purifying fruit meal so the body can use the midnight fire energy to cleanse rather than digest.

Three herbal teas are served. In the morning cinnamon tea is served. Before lunch ginger tea lights the digestive fires and before sleep chamomile tea enhances a good night’s rest.

Part of good nutrition comes from eating, sleeping and exercising at the correct times.

The yatchaks also suggest we eat only when hungry and the stomach is empty so they recommend eating only every four hours. For cravings between, herbal tea is best and juices can be added if it is uncomfortable to wait for the next meal.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

Correct chewing releases nutrient molecules so energy from food is more quickly released and assimilated. This allows the brain to recognize flavors and release the correct digestive juices for that food. Proper chewing does even more because it stimulates the bodies sphincter (or ring) muscles that surround the various orifices of the body.

Ring muscles include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, anus, urethra, genitals and the mouth. In a healthy body, all sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously. They also activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. Ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.

Chewing correctly stimulates the ring muscles and consequently helps exercise all our muscles.

#6: Eat Purifying and satisfying meals.

Fruit types also exist and are never mixed. Citrus stands together, but is not mixed with other foods. Watery fruits (apples pears, plums and grapes) can be mixed. Bananas are eaten alone only or with dairy only. Pineapple and melons are also eaten alone.

There are three purifying meals. The first most gentle purifier is a water combination of apples and grapes. The second meal is an entire pineapple and the third, an entire watermelon.

Organic coffee, tea and cocoa are great purifiers rich in antioxidants. Coffee and some tea is avoided by those who do not want caffeine. We recommend moderation and serve only organic, fair trade coffee and tea.  Coffee and tea (without milk) are neutral and can be consumed before or with any meal.

Finally the shamans drink and wash in an Andean cleansing tea made from cinnamon, sweet pepper and chamomile.

#7: Balance nutrition with exercise and sleep.

Each day we do gentle but profound exercises to stimulate organs, glands and energy points.  We do not have television and go to bed before the evening fire cycle begins at 10 PM for a more restful sleep.

Whatever your goal… weight loss,,, more energy….better health or a longer life, these ideas on nutrition can help you whether you visit Ecuador… just use shamanic nutrition tips or substitute (just once in a while!) a heavy calorie snack for 90 calories of Hershy Extra Dark chocolate bar.

During these troubled times, we all need an extra edge to make positive contributions that also increase our wealth and improve our health. The added energy you can gain now can give more than average rewards.

Merri and I look forward to seeking ways to gain more health and wealth with you.

Gary

Learn two ways to earn with Chocolate

#1: Export Ecuador Chocolate.

ecuador-chcoclate

Ecuadorian  chocolate.

The next Ecuador Exports Tour is August 31-Sept. 1-2-3-4, 2011

Ecuador Exports tour for one  $749 Reserve here for a couple $999

Join the Ecuador Export Tour directed by Bonnie Keough who is actively exporting from Ecuador now.

Meet the artists, designers, creators, craftsmen, wholesalers and visit them in their workshops, homes and markets.

Improve the quality of your life, expand your horizons and reduce the tax you pay as you increase asset protection by having an overseas company and overseas income!

Join other like minded souls in Ecuador.  Learn how to gain freedom and self fulfillment through an Ecuador export business.

See Ecuador export potential  in Ecuador.

In wood products.  In Ecuador’s art.

ecuador-exports

 

In jewelry and all types of exports.

This tour goes to the high Andes.

You’ll travel everyday to see different markets, crafts people and masters who create special products that will make your eyes gleam with delight…both for their uniqueness and attraction.

In addition, over the years we’ve combined this knowledge and experience with contacts in the form of American and European readers who now live and work in Ecuador. Working with them Bonnie and Jean Marie have set up office and business facilities to create an export support service that we can now offer to you.

They have even created a one of a kind post office channel so you can ship  goods quickly and safely from Ecuador to the USA or worldwide.

You learn from tour leaders who have practical experience.  They will tell you about their shipping experiences and what they have learned from them, good and bad.

Timing for such a business has never been better!

Exporting has already created fortunes for a few sophisticated individuals. Now because of our knowledge, experience and contacts, a special business is available for you. Until recently, operating an overseas business took a great deal of time and effort to start. This is no longer true.

Technology makes it possible to take your business where opportunity is best and allows you to run this business from anywhere in the world.

This tour offers an extra $897 + bonus value. When you enroll in the Ecuador export tour you are entitled to five bonuses, our three $299 emailed courses “Tangled Web How to have an Internet Business course” Self fulfilled how to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”, plus a 52 lesson course on “How to Build Your own Web site and a video from our webmaster David Cross on “How to Use a Website to Generate Income”. 

You gain this $897 + value FREE.

The tour’s mission  is to help you actually find products that:

#1: Can be sold to easily identified markets.

#2: Can be marked up many times while allowing a fair trade for the indigenous.

#3: Can be imported in a suitcase.

The tour lets you see in a practical way  how to achieve the goals taught in the course.  See more about Ecuador exports here.

#2: Earn with Ecuador Cocoa, Coffee and Agriculture. See below.

Agriculture has a bright future and there are few places with as much agricultural potential and diversity as Ecuador. It is not surprising that many readers ask us about Ecuador farmland or agricultural property there.

Here is what Jean Marie Butterlin has explained about the first Ecuador real estate tour he will conduct this October 2011.

The key to living in Ecuador is really in the INCOME part of the equation.   How can you generate income without working too hard?

A lot of clients on our real estate tours ask  “How can  I generate a little income in Ecuador”?  I have put together a special plan for those seeking to move and earn in Ecuador now!

Here is the plan and here are the facts:

* Every economist is currently saying that agriculture will be the next place to invest because :

  • God is not making more arable land.
  • The world is running out of food.  China has been buying and leasing arable land all over Africa and in South America for example.  A lot of the smart money is going into arable all over the continent.

* Ecuador has some of the cheapest yet best agricultural land in all of South America.  The climate is best for growing as well with 365 days a year of direct sunlight.  In many parts of Ecuador, farmers can get 3 and even 4 harvests per year, depending on the water available on the property.

* However, most Ecuadorian farmers have not yet learned how to produce and manage a farm. They are lacking higher education and management skills as well as equipment.  Some Ecuador farmers still plow with oxen.

There is a great opportunity that lies in this combination of cheap, arable land, the geographical place of Ecuador on the equator and lack of good agronomical skills.

Here is the chance to attend the first agri business expedition, planned for October 17, 18 and 19.

This is a tour for those who want to have an active agricultural business in Ecuador and have $100,000 minimum to invest.

This tour will be conducted over three long, jam packed days to provide you a low cost efficient way to inspect Ecuador agricultural property that is legitimately for sale at a reasonable price.

Day 1 – 9 am to 6 pm: Detailed presentations by agri engineers and specialists of several type of agri businesses. These presentations  include costs, types of soils for each type of crop, risk analysis, potential profits, timing, where to find the buyers of crops,  introduction to buyers  looking for specific crops.

On the tour we look “outside the box” at crops that can for example produce “biofuel”. We’ll look at land where one company in Manta will buy every available crop at market price.   We know the owners of that company and you will be introduced to them.

Day 2: Visits farms for sale.  Here is one farm we will inspect.  This agri property has 203 hectares (507 acres) divided into:

28 hectares (70 cares) of balsa trees.  In 5 years these will fetch $30,000 a hectare.

30 hectares (75 acres) of African palm trees in production (the nuts fetch $250 per ton).

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– 140 hectares (350 acres) of pasture sufficient for 200 head of cattle or other crops that can produce an excellent return.

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– 3 small

Ecuador-agricultural-land

and one large river along the property with water availability.

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– Close to the main road

Ecuador-agricultural-land

– $6600/hectare ($2,640 an acre) asking including a small casita for caretakers.

Day 3: Q&A’s with the agri specialists…with round table discussions. We will break into small groups to discuss in more details each business its costs and potential profits.

We will have inspected and investigated all properties prior paying special attention to three special issues:

* water on site
* access roads
* good port close

We will only show land that has water in Manabi province near Manta the second largest port in Ecuador.

We will have investigated electricity, pricing and title plus will have speakers during breakfast and dinners who will discuss these  issues and the legal matters pertaining to agri businesses in Ecuador.

These experts will be available for consulting during the tour and later… covering technical matters on which crops are best suited for each soil and what times of the year are best for planting and harvest.  The tour pays special attention to reviewing the marketing aspect of each crop and where to find buyers.

We use our contacts with local people were born in the area… who know the land owners… who know what the “market” price should be and we do not show farmland where the seller is asking an unrealistic price or if there are any doubts about ownership or clear title.

We also provide administration, accounting and legal consultants who will answer questions about owning and running a company in Ecuador, a civil code country and very different from the US and Canada which run on common law.

Optional Day 4 and 5: residential real estate tour of the mid coast from Manta to Cojimies.

Included in the tour fee:

*  Agri engineers who can help you start your business, provide services and the follow up.

* Legal experts in incorporation, administration accounting etc..

* Experts in marketing agricultural crops.

Although we do not advise being absentee owner, we can provide all the services needed to run the business with our agricultural team.

If your agricultural knowledge is limited, we have the experts who will help you through the learning curve.

The big Question is “How much can someone make in agri business in Ecuador?”

The Answer:  We will not show any businesses that do not produce on a regular basis at least 10% net return. Many agri businesses you will see can pay off land costs within 1 to 2 years.

Arrival date is October 15 in Quito. Travel to Manta and Bahia October 16, 2011.

Travel back to Quito on October 20th. (or October 22 if real estate tour option is added).

Included in the price are all local transportation including domestic airfare from Quito to Manta and lodging.  Meals are not included.

Agri Business Expedition fee is $1,990/single $2,990 couple.

2 day Ecuador residential real estate option $299/single   $499/couple;

Tour Plus Extension Single  $2,289

Tour Plus Extension Couple  $3,489

You may decide to take the option during the agri expedition.

For efficiency and logistics, this tour is strictly limited to 16 people… 4 persons per four wheel drive vehicle.

Healthy Ecuador Chocolate


Learn below about healthy Ecuador chocolate.

Last week’s message looked at how to earn with Ecuador chocolate.

There is more than just money in chocolate however.

Ecuador chocolate is offered by well known companies like the Swiss Lindt Chocolate.

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Ecuador chcolate helps small businesses.  A new brand is Björnsted Ecuador Chocolate which consists of 70 percent cocoa, and is manufactured in the German town of Herford, which is located in the Western part of Germany.

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Ecuador chocolate also helps sustainability in the Amazon.

The Kallari Association for example makes organic, fair trade chocolate and helps the Kichwa cacao farmers and artisans earn a sustainable income so they don’t have to resort to logging the rainforests or selling their land.  This chocolate business is a good example of sustainable farming, environmental consideration and self empowerment, so small farmers can take control of their natural resources and use the profits to the benefit of their communities.

The Kallari Cacao farmers have learned how take the chocolate making process into their own hands by buying their own beans and producing their own chocolate bars.

Amazon farmers use farming tactics called Chakra in their native language. Cacao is planted amongst other crops, helping create a natural biodiversity.

Most of the farmers have small plots of only one acre with cacao planted amongst hardwoods, fruit trees, bananas, plantains, palms and medicinal plants and other subsistence foods.

The average cacao grove is only a small part of the overall farm but the high price for cacao and value addition of chocolate making more than doubles profits.

This reduces the temptation to allow oil or logging interests to come into their villages.

Ecuador chocolate has health benefits as well as profit potential as the article below by Jean Marie Butterlin explains.

Ecuador chocolate is also an anti-stress food, that you can eat in your everyday life!

By Jean Marie Burtterlin

Stress is just part of our everyday life and has been shown to create a lot of free radical damage, responsible for a big part of our aging process.

Some scientists are calling stress the  “Insidious health problem of our century”.

However, there exists some simple things everybody can do in order to minimize the effects of stress :

–    First keep a good rhythm in your sleep cycle : here in Ecuador, we are helped by the fact that we have all year round the same day/night cycle (sun gets up a 6 :30 in the morning and sets at 6 :30 at night) without any daylight savings time changes. Sometimes it is easy to forget that a sound and regular sleep cycle is important in mental and physical health. A lot of people are flocking into Ecuador because of its low stress lifestyle. That is one of the main reasons why I have moved to Ecuador.

–    Then we have our anti-stress foods, which can help  in our relaxation periods as well as keep serenity in all circumstances.

By nurturing out brain the right way, you will give it the tools it needs to handle its stress. To function properly, the brain needs oxygen and sugars, but “good”  sugars, which means low glycemic indexes, that will let the glucose go inside the blood stream very slowly, giving the brain a constant feed of sugar, which will alleviate also fatigue, hunger and lack of attention.

One of the anti-stress foods that a lot of us will love, is black chocolate.

I have been a black chocolate fan since I was a teen-ager ; I never had a taste for the very sweet milk chocolate, but loved the bittery taste of pure 99% cacao.  Being in the natural health business, I always felt a little guilty early on, when eating chocolate, because of the health culture in the 80’s, that said  “chocolate is bad for you”  ; little did I realize that not only that chocolate was not bad for you (if there was little sugar and contained at least 70-85% pure natural cacao), but quite the opposite!  Recent research did find out that cacao contains a lot of those polyphenols and other natural nutrients that are indeed  “good” for us.

Black chocolate contains phenylethylamine, an alcaloid that helps us “feeling good” that is also in LSD and morphines! Contrary to these drugs, a piece of black chocolate (containing a minimum of 70% cacao- 85% to 95% is even better)  is very rich in these active nutrients and without any danger for your health.

Black chocolate contains also Anandamide, known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. It promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.

Ecuador has one of the best cacaos in the world and is not yet very well known, except in the small world of chocolate lovers (that only eat 85%+ cacao rich chocolate). I just learned that Air France is treating its first class passenger with Ecuadorian chocolate. Ecuador cacao also has some of the highest polyphenols contents, with its all powerful anti-aging properties, which we will cover in a later post.

Food rich in glucides have also anti-stress qualities, because they facilitate serotonin production, a neurotransmettor that is a really good natural anti-depressant, and also works against anxiety. Good cereal (esp. Quinoa, another special grain  in Ecuador) will help you combine balanced nutrition as well as a relief from the effects of stress  by diffusing progressively its beneficial fibres, as well as minerals and all the B vitamins, that help also to improve memory.   It also releases compounds into the body very very slowly.

Stress also alters the memorization process ; increasing therefore your intake of high content omega-3 foods, which help in the production of serotonin and have positive effects on memory and also relieve nervous tension. You will find theses omega-3 in oil rich nuts like linseed. For people who like fish, tuna and sardines are great sources of omega 3. Ecuador has a lot of good, cheap tuna, that you can find in every store or restaurant on the menu.

Omega-3, like certain vitamins of the B group (B1, B6, B9 et B12) have the properties to lower cortisol and adrenalin, 2 hormones that are presently high levels in persons that have high permanent stress.

Vitamin B6 is essential, because it reinforces the efficacy of magnesium (and remember chocolate contains also plenty of magnesium!) It enables the brain to manufacture GABA and serotonin, 2 anti-anxiety substances. You may find high levels of Vitamin B6 in animal liver and wheat germ, but also in lesser quantities in whole grain cereals (quinoa esp.), fish, meat and vegetables like lentils.

When in stressed conditions, always remember to eat more of these wonderful foods mentioned above!

Jean Marie

There you have it… good taste…. good for the environment… good for health and maybe even more.

Gary

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