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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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Lunch Shaming

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Touch the Soil News #700 (feature photo – typical Washington D.C. school lunch – CC SA 2.0) When a child cannot afford to pay their lunch bill and are past due on what is owed the school, Katy bar the door as to what can happen. It is called Lunch Shaming when school policies reach out to shame the child in front of their peers. The practice is hitting national news and the Federal Government is looking at doing something. Here are some tidbits about the Lunch Shaming universe.   In 2015, a Colorado cafeteria worker says she was fired for personally paying for a first grader’s meal. A Pennsylvania…

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Who Is LIDL and Does it Matter?

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Touch the Soil News #699 (photo courtesy of Beyond Meat) LIDL is a German grocer that has over 10,000 grocery stores in 28 European countries. LIDL considers itself to be a “discount” grocer/retailer. Part of the retailing strategy of LIDL is a no-frills shopping experience where most products are still in the original shipping box. As boxes are emptied, new ones are put in place. Part of the strategy is to use a minimal number of employees to run a store. The company employs about 315,000 people in Europe. LIDL is owned by the Swartz Gruppe which is the fifth largest retailer in the world. It is the second largest…

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Could This Happen in America?

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Touch the Soil News #698 (photo courtesy of FOLO Farms) There is little question that market gardening is not economically and financially easy. Like everything else, it takes determination at really being efficient in every move the urban farmer makes. The story we are about to share has a rather unusual beginning. Two years ago in the country of Malaysia six families came together spontaneously for a common mission – grow organic and nutritionally packed food for our loved ones. The FOLO farm (Food for Our Loved Ones) was born. Malaysia is a Southeast Asian nation of 31.5 million people. Given the synergies of the six families, things began to…

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Shifts of Power – Right Under our Noses

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Touch the Soil News #697 (photo courtesy of Global Covenant of Mayors) While climate action may get bogged down in national politics, national leaders may see their clout diminished over time – regardless of nation. Primarily organized to tackle climate and energy change/sustainability thousands of mayors from cities around the world (7,444 mayors to be exact) have joined forces under what is called: The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. At present, the 7,444 mayors represent almost 700 million people – close to 10 percent of the world’s population. Since the production of food is the single largest use of land in the world, food is in the…

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Food to Stay Alive

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Touch the Soil News #696 There are almost 1 billion people (923 million to be exact) that are hungry every day. They experience things like early death (21,000 die each day), wasting away (affects 51 million children), stunted growth (affects 161 million children). The problem of food is not just having it to eat. Lack of quality and lack of access to quality food contribute to virtually every major disease. The World Health organization reports that the following diseases are in part related to lack of adequate nutrition: Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular diseases, Cancer, Osteoporosis and Dental diseases. Seems access to healthy food could well be the No.1 problem the nation…

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The Rockit Apples Are Coming

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Touch the Soil News #695 (photo courtesy of Rockit Apples http://rockitapple.com/ ) A Rockit Apple is the world’s first specialty-bred miniature apple. The idea is to have an apple of a size perfect for small snacks and children. The apples are packed in a tube of 3 to 5 apples for children and on-the-go consumers. Founded in 2010 by Phil Alison of New Zealand, the apple is about 1.5 times the size of a golf ball. Now, 7 years later, the company has established growers and marketers on five continents. Plans are to have growers in both the North and South hemispheres, so that Rockit apples can be available anywhere…

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What in the World?

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Touch the Soil News #694 (photo courtesy of Calysta – FeedKind factory in the UK) While much of the details are proprietary (secret to the company) commercial scale operations of an unusual approach to food are coming on line this year. The company is called Calysta. The challenge is to create a fish food that will sustain human need for fish protein, but no disassemble the global ecology. Most of the feed that fish eat in factory farms are other less-desirable fish. The fisheries of the world’s oceans can no longer sustain human withdrawals. Fish farming has grown dramatically to support human appetites and need for fish proteins. Estimates are…

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Food Bank Gets Into Agriculture – Is This a Game Changer?

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Touch the Soil News #693 (photo courtesy of Regina Food Bank) (A news editorial by Benjamin Gisin) Involvement in the economy in direct physical terms (limiting, if not bypassing, the use of money) is simmering around the world for one reason – too many hungry people. The Canadian province of Saskatchewan is very large – about the same size as Texas. Its capital city – Regina – is a modern city of 220,000 people. Regina is known for having one of the most progressive food banks in the world. In a nutshell, they collect an average of 3.5 million lbs. of food a year (almost 90 semi-trailers) and fulfill almost 100,000…

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On the Edge – Re-inventing Food

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Touch the Soil News #692 (photo courtesy of Lawrence Community Garden) Federal Government finances seem to always be a few months away from shutdown. But economic shuttering in many areas of the U.S. has become a stark reality. The small town of Lawrence, Indiana, which is on the edge of the Indianapolis metropolitan area of some 2.5 million people, just happens have some of the largest food deserts in America. A food desert is an area where robust finances, food stores and many jobs have left the scene. In response to the situation, the Lawrence Community Gardens was born. It is not your typical community garden in that there are…

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