In a destination as magical and complex as India

first_imgIn a destination as magical and complex as India, a little access can go a long way. The non-profit environmental group, Seacology, is poised to reveal as much on a NEW custom journey to the world’s largest democracy. There, travelers will enjoy rare access to a Seacology-sponsored conservation project within the Lakshadweep Archipelago while also exploring many of the country’s most extraordinary attractions. Created with adventure tour operator Geographic Expeditions, the exclusive, 15-day expedition, India: From the Remote Islands of the Arabian Sea to Elephant Back Safaris and the Taj Mahal, promises immersion in the natural and cultural beauty of India, as well as in Seacology’s mission to protect island biodiversity around the world.Though Seacology has long offered guided tours of its island conservation projects to patrons and the interested public, the new India tour is a step beyond its usual travel fare. By partnering with Geographic Expeditions, Seacology is assuring a rich exploration of one of the most difficult countries to navigate. Geographic Expeditions brings attention to detail, safety and authenticity to the table, with trip leaders as lively, informed and attentive as they come.Seacology is the key to unlocking the rarely visited islands of the Lakshadweep Archipelago. Located in the Laccadive Sea more than 100 miles off India’s southwest Kerala coast, the archipelago is home to three reefs, a dozen atolls and three-dozen islands. Travelers will start their journey in a grand, three-story house on the private estate of two friends of Seacology before moving on to comfortable accommodations on a barely populated, 128-acre island.Along the way, they’ll spend five days experiencing the beauty of Kerala’s backwaters, scuba diving and snorkeling amid beautiful reefs, and taking in a Seacology project on Minicoy Island, which is usually off limits to visitors. There, Seacology is funding the construction of a heritage museum and two marine reserve guard posts in exchange for establishment of a 2,471-acre marine and mangrove-protected area. It’s a fine example of Seacology’s “win-win” approach to island conservation – and travelers arriving on Minicoy via helicopter will be treated to a warm welcome ceremony.The most enticing natural and cultural sites in India wait back on the mainland, of course. In Delhi, travelers will experience the pulsating capital city, including Old Delhi, the Red Fort and the bustling Chandni Chowk bazaar. A train trip to Agra will be an experience in itself, ending at the Agra Fort, where Shah Jahan was imprisoned overlooking the architectural masterpiece that is his legacy, the Taj Mahal. A sunset visit to that most famous Mughal monument will proceed through inner chambers and over marble paths with plenty of opportunity to marvel at the brilliance of one of the world’s wonders.Then it’s onto Bandhavgarah National Park for two full days of exploration, with ample opportunity to view beautiful ruins and India’s diverse and endangered animal life from barking deer to four-horned antelope, sloth bear to leopard, and stunning Bengal tiger. Not all the game viewing will be via minivan: An elephant-back tiger safari will be waiting for travelers, too.Through such intimate and rewarding travel experiences, Seacology has been able to garner great interest from its dedicated donor base. Indeed, most of the organization’s trips are sellouts, which is why Seacology gives priority to potential patrons in order to further its mission and assure sensitivity to the exotic cultures they’ll encounter. Regardless of your motivation to travel, there has never been a better time to join Seacology’s mission to protect the world’s islands or to experience the results of its dedication:-184 island-based projects launched -1,813,324 acres of marine ecosystems saved -166,478 acres of precious terrestrial habitat saved -85 facilities such as schools, community centers, solar-energy systems and other critically needed structures built -30 programs providing scholarships, vital medical services and supplies for island communities establishedwww.seacology.orglast_img read more

Tyson Foods exits Beyond Meat ahead of IPO valuing it at 12bn

first_imgTyson Foods exits Beyond Meat ahead of IPO valuing it at $1.2bnPosted By: Alex Clereon: April 25, 2019In: Agriculture, Business, Financial, Food, Industries, Manufacturing, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailTyson Foods has sold its 6.5% stake in Beyond Meat, as the latter readies a much-anticipated IPO that values it at over $1 billion.According to Axios, which noticed that Tyson’s holding had disappeared on a recent IPO filing, there had long been tensions between the two companies: Tyson Foods has already announced that it will launch a plant-based product of its own, a potential competitor to Beyond Meat, while there were reportedly additional grumblings in the boardroom.The meat processor’s exit was later confirmed in a statement released by Tyson Foods.The saga casts doubt on the ability of traditional markets – like meat and dairy – to successfully invest in new and emerging alternative categories. There are prime examples – as well as Tyson’s investment in Beyond Meat, dairy company Dean Foods has invested heavily in flaxseed-based yogurt producer Good Karma.As part of its upcoming IPO, Beyond Meat plans to offer 8.75 million shares at a range of $19-21 per share. That means the company would raise $175 million at the mid-point of that range and is valuing itself at anywhere up to $1.21 billion.Tyson Foods provided the following statement to Axios: “Tyson Ventures is pleased with the investment in Beyond Meat and has decided the time is right to exit its investment. Beyond Meat provided an early opportunity for Tyson Ventures to invest in plant-based protein products that many consumers are seeking. We wish the leadership of Beyond Meat all the best.“Tyson Foods continues to be committed to providing alternative protein as a choice for consumers and recently announced the creation of a new business focused on combining our creativity, scale and resources to make great tasting protein alternatives more accessible for everyone. We plan to launch an alternative protein product soon with market testing anticipated this summer.”The company was at the forefront of a $55 million investment round at the end of 2017, which also included venture capital firm Cleveland Avenue.At the time, Beyond Meat said it would use the money to treble Beyond Meat’s production, and further expand its commitment to creating meat from plants.But the course of true love never did run smooth – and relations between Beyond Meat and its flagship investor reportedly soured.Share with your network: Tags: Beyond Meatmeatplant-basedTyson FoodsUSlast_img read more