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Molasses provides your plants with a natural sources of carbohydrates (sugars) and plant nutrients. Great for use in indoor or outdoor environments. Use in soil or hydroponics in conjunction with any other nutrients or fertilizers.

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Billion Dollar Checkbooks for Farmland – At it Again

Touch the Soil News #889 (Feature photo –- CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Few of us have heard of Citic. It is a state-owned investment company of the Peoples Republic of China. As of 2017, Citic is one of China’s biggest conglomerates, with one of the largest holdings of foreign assets in the world. Citic recently purchased agricultural assets owned by Dow Chemical in Brazil for a $1.1 billion. Plans are to move more aggressively into Brazil to develop soybean and rice production. To achieve this expansion into Brazil, Citic has earmarked another $2.5 billion. Jair Bolsonaro, a leading candidate in the Brazil’s presidential elections says the deal poses a threat…

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Farm One – Where Rare Food Plants Grow

Touch the Soil News #888 (Feature photo courtesy of Farm One) Located in Manhattan, New York, this underground hydroponic farm focuses on scouring the globe for rare seeds. Over time, Farm One aims to build the widest selection of edible herbs and greens in the world. At only 1,200 square feet, the farm already grows over 200 varieties of plants and is serving a respectable number of upscale restaurants in Manhattan. For $50, a visitor to Farm One can take a tour, taste dozens of rare herbs and flowers and receive a box of herbs to take home. The farm boasts of zero food miles. Either folks and chefs stop…

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Investors Apply Pressure on Big Polluting Corporations

Touch the Soil News #887 (Feature photo – Frank John Aleksandrowicz) A global collaboration of investment organizations have organized around the banner “The Climate Action 100”. They publish a list of the 100 largest greenhouse gas emitting companies in an effort to get big corporations to clean up their “polluting” acts. The investors have agreed to put pressure on these large corporations to strengthen corporate responsibility agendas. Chances are pretty high that these investors have either lent money to or own stock in virtually all of the world’s largest corporations. Together, the 225 investment organizations that make up The Climate Action 100, manage a whopping $26.3 trillion in assets. Including…

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One Planet Summit – Banks Pull Funding for Fossil Fuels

Positive Future #24 (Feature photos – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Certainly, the politics of our own nation dominates our daily news intakes. However, on December 12, 2017 in Paris, France another form of financial politics was unfolding. Called the One Planet Summit, the President of France, the President of the World Bank and the Secretary General of the United Nations all rallied to address the ecological emergency facing the Earth and its peoples. Three (3) prominent world banking institutions were represented at the One Planet Summit: ING, a global Dutch bank with $845 billion in assets and 52,000 employees. AXA, a global French bank with $900 billion in assets and…

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Arby’s Goes to Egypt

Touch the Soil News #886 (Feature photo – Flag of Egypt – Open clipart, Public Domain) In a press release dated December 12, 2017, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. announced it reached an agreement to develop 50 Arby’s restaurants in Egypt. The agreement is with Vantage Egypt for Tourism and Entertainment. Plans are to start opening restaurants in 2018. Who will eat at these Arby’s restaurants? Egypt, a nation of almost 100 million people, has almost 30 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Professor of Statistics at Cairo University – Heba al-Laithy – is quoted in the Egypt Independent in a 7-27-2016 article as saying there is a…

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Electric Semi-Trucks to Shape a New Future?

Positive Future #23 (Feature photo –Tesla Semi Truck – CCA SA 4.0 International) We had covered the unveiling of the Tesla Semi (truck) in Positive Future #2 (November 17, 2017). Recently, Pepsico announced that it was putting in an order for 100 Tesla semi-trucks. Mind you, this is for a truck whose production is not planned until 2019 and was announced only 26 days ago. Other large orders include Walmart (15), Anheuser Busch (40), Sysco (50), DHL (10) and Loblaw (25). Estimates are that the North American market for large class 8 semi-trucks is around 260,00 a year. Prices for these rigs can range from $140,000 to $200,000. This makes…

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Declining Cost of Batteries (for cars)

Positive Future #22 (Feature photo – NASA Lithium Ion Battery Pack) Word is out that batteries for electric cars are dropping rapidly. According to a recent article on Clean Technica, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that the cost of Lithium Ion batteries dropped from $1,000 per kWh in 2010 to $273 in 2016. That means car battery costs dropped to about ¼ the cost in 2016. Projections are that battery costs. Today the cost is down to $209 per kWh. Estimates are that battery costs may get down to $100 per kWh by 2025. You can read the full story on the link below: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/11/batteries-keep-getting-cheaper/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up…

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Is This a Good Trend?

Touch the Soil News #885 (Feature photo – This Western U.S. feedlot contains over 100,000 animals. To promote growth and stop disease the routine use of hormones and antibiotics is common.) Restaurants and grocery stores are faced with adapting to much larger cows when it comes to cutting them up for steaks and other cuts. There is a lot more work for meat cutters. The USDA has reported that in 1975, the average weight of a cow was 996 lbs. In 2016, the average weight of a cow was 1,363 lbs. – a gain of 367 lbs. – around 9 lbs. a year. The reason for the gain includes advances…

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Walmart Changes its Name

Touch the Soil News #884 (Feature photo –- CCA 2.0 Generic) The actual name of the company was Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. The new name is Walmart, Inc. Getting rid of the hyphen (-) and the word “Stores” is an attempt to subtly remove the idea that Walmart, Inc. is only about stores. The company doesn’t want its name not limit the reality that the company is now not only about stores, but online, on-site pickup, and home delivery via any means possible. There seems to be a drive for greater flexibility and convenience in how food is accessed. With that convenience comes an increase in the number of players in…

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