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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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Restaurants In Trouble

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Touch the Soil News #632 (Feature photo – Ruby Tuesday – CC SA 3.0) According to RESTAURANT DATA.COM the number of new restaurant openings in the U.S. in 2016 was a whopping 33,903. However, this number has been on a steady decline since 2012 when 39,707 new restaurants were opened – that’s a decline of new openings of about 15 percent. However, the real question is how many restaurants are closing each year. According to the NPD Group, the total number of restaurants in the U.S. declined by 2 percent over the past year – that is a net loss of 12,670 restaurants. So, here is the real kicker. A…

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Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Gets Swallowed

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Touch the Soil News #631 (feature photo CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain) Consolidations in the food chain are not new – just getting bigger. Restaurant Brands International (Burger King in the U.S. and Tim Hortons in Canada) just agreed to buy Popeyes Loiusiana Kitchen for a cool $1.8 billion in cash. Announced on February 21, 2017, the deal is set to close in early April. So how do you come up with $1.8 billion cash in less than 2 months? No problem. Restaurant Brands International has $1.4 billion in its checking account of which it will use some of it. The rest will come from borrowing from J.P Morgan Bank…

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Over 500 million People Short of Fresh Produce

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Touch the Soil News #630 In the winter, 80 percent of the European Union’s fresh produce comes from modest farming areas in Italy and Spain. These areas much like California, except that this year unseasonably wet and cold weather has compromised production. Low supplies of things like iceberg lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant have already caused rationing in the U.K’s largest grocery chain. In Southern Italy and France, blizzards are destroying the year’s crops of greens, citrus and grapes. The word is out that supermarkets from the U.K. to Germany are low on pretty much all produce. While the Europeans can import some fresh produce from the…

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C-Stores as a Source of Food

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Touch the Soil News #629 It’s no secret, there are lots of C-Stores in America – 154,535 as of the end of 2016. C-Stores have become a fusion of grocery stores, restaurants and health snack stop. They are competing ferociously with grocery stores who are increasingly offering ready to eat foods and prepared foods for takeout. The number of C-Store outlets has increased by 63 percent over the last 30 years. In addition, there are 25 percent more C-Store locations than there are supermarkets, superstores, drug stores and dollar stores. The nation’s top 10 C-Stores are (source C-Store News): 7-Eleven                                      8,273 stores Couche-Tard (Circle K)         7,276 stores Shell…

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Processed Meat – Think About This One

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Touch the Soil News #628 When it comes to meat, the word processed says a lot of things – nitrates, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Following is a statement from a news piece (anonymous) that talks about processed meat: “Processed meat is derived from the processing and treatment of meat to prolong its shelf life and to enhance its taste. Meat is mainly processed to improve its shelf life, quality and preserve it from decay and to add flavors to its original composition.”   One of the things that is missed here is that by processing meat, it makes it easier to ship it around the globe. Without universal…

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An Unlikely Player in the Food Business

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Touch the Soil News #627 (feature photo – Panasonic vegetables under its Veggie Life brand – courtesy of Panasonic) Mention the name Panasonic and we all think electronics and lighting. This global electronics company headquartered in Osaka, Japan employs about 250,000 people. Rapidly gaining momentum in the food industry is indoor farming, vertical farming or controlled environment agriculture. When you look at food from these angles, several things stick out – high tech, electronics, and lighting. Three years ago Panasonic decided to build a controlled environment food system in Singapore. Singapore is a small country that is almost all city and asphalt with virtually no agriculture. At the time, the…

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Turning Soldiers into Farmers

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Touch the Soil News #626 It’s called the Gulayan sa Kampo project. The Philippine Department of agriculture recently announced that it is collaborating with the Philippine military to establish vegetable production on idle military lands. The Department of Agriculture will teach military men the technologies of vegetable production. The soldiers will showcase their farms to neighboring communities and encourage them to go into vegetable farming as well. Produce from the military vegetable farms will not only feed soldiers, but members of the local communities as well. The Department of Agriculture is looking to get some competition going between military gardens and gardeners to see who is the best. Unfortunately, the…

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News RoundUp

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Touch the Soil News #625 COOL Labeling In December of 2015, Congress repealed the COOL (country of origin labeling) for meat products. Recently, the state of Wyoming and the state of South Dakota have introduced legislation that would require meat products carry country-of-origin labeling. Looks like states are tired of federal oversight on things that they want.   Agricultural Trade Over 130 agricultural groups in the U.S. (most every major ag group in America) have put their signatures to a letter to Donald Trump on the importance of U.S. agricultural trade overseas. The groups illustrate that the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has facilitated a quadrupling of agricultural exports…

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Got Fly?

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Touch the Soil News #624 Last week we published a news piece – #618 Insects as Animal Feed. In recent financial news, a global leader in recycling food and other waste through fly larvae (maggots) just received $10 million in funding to build over 200 fly larvae recycling farms around the world. AgriProtein in partnership with Christof Industries has engineered a high-tech blueprint for facilities that use fly larvae to recycle food waste. The larvae then become food for fish, chickens and pet food. The two companies say they can build out high volume (low cost) fly farms anywhere in the world. And, they are going globetrotting to Asia, the…

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