Touch the Soil News #1254 (Feature photo – The NURO – courtesy of NURO) The company Nuro builds a small autonomous car that delivers groceries. Headquartered in the Silicon Valley in California, the company is making news with its partnership with Kroger Foods and its recent new funding of almost $1 billion ($940 million to be exact) from SoftBank. Reuters provides the inside story here: https://in.reuters.com/article/us-nuro-funding-softbank/driverless-delivery-startup-nuro-gets-940-million-softbank-investment-idINKCN1Q01MI Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
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Positive Future #388 (Feature photo – 300 Car Chargers in Zeebrugge, Belgium used to charge Tesla cars coming in by freighter – Tom Randal) Most folks are unaware that there are 43 different models of cars for sale in the U.S. that have plug-in capability. 12,000 of all of these different electrified cars were sold in the U.S. in January. CleanTechnica journalist Zachary Shahan explores how much change is going on in the electric vehicle industry and it is significant. Recapping the major highlights for January, Shahan covers a broad range of events that are changing transportation as we speak: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/02/13/what-changed-in-the-electric-vehicle-industry-in-january/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #387 (Feature photo – Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Facility – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) States, counties and cities are working together to do what the Federal Government is balking at – transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. The most recent news comes from North Carolina where 19 cities and counties have adopted resolutions favoring 100 percent clean energy. These cities and counties include sparsely populated areas to some of the most populated areas in the state. You can read the full report here: https://energynews.us/2019/02/13/southeast/n-c-cities-want-to-lead-on-clean-energy-but-theyll-need-help-to-meet-goals/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #386 (Feature photo – Hemp – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) In an insightful article, the Hemp Business Journal explores the recent confiscation of 17,000 pounds of hemp with a reported value of $850,000. While police say there was THC present in the hemp, hopes are that things will get cleared up and set a positive precedent for the hemp industry. You can read the full story here: https://www.hempbizjournal.com/seized-hemp-case-raises-concerns/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1253 (Feature photo – Indoor Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) While indoor farming pioneers are advocates of what they do, does expensive indoor farming have a future? In a rather unusual article, Peter Tasgal explores the arena of indoor farming and whether or not it makes sense economically. Tasgal’s article is a bit of fresh air for agricultural entrepreneurs when weighing the pros and cons of indoor vertical farming and the large capital outlays. You can read the full story here: https://agfundernews.com/what-is-the-future-of-container-farming.html Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil #1252 (Feature photo – Drought Conditions in Australia Before the Flooding – CCA 3.0 Unported) The extreme droughts in Australia have been ongoing for five years with livestock operators praying for rain. With pasturelands collapsed and having to ship in expensive feed, the livestock sector in Queensland, Australia has become dire. Finally the rains came and didn’t stop. Now, estimates are that 500,000 head of cattle have been killed in the Queensland floods. You can read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/11/up-to-500000-drought-stressed-cattle-killed-in-queensland-floods Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #385 (Feature photo – Kissimmee City Seal – Public Domain) While much of the debate surrounding renewable energy takes place at the federal level and big think tanks, the real world is experiencing something else. Recently the city of Kissimmee, Florida made news as the city contracted with its power provider to source all power for city utilities from 100 percent renewable solar. This will make Kissimmee the first city in Florida to have 100 percent of its facilities powered by solar. Logically, the next step is for the residents and businesses of Kissimmee to go solar. Kissimmee, a modest city of 70,000 people, is moving into the…
Positive Future #384 (Feature photo – Italian High Speed Rail – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) There is no question that perishable food should be transported quickly. On another front, fast transport via trains creates lower emissions than trucks on roads. The European nations are working to shift road freight to rail freight and speed can make a difference. Now a new service called Mercitalia from Italy is introducing fast freight that travels at 185 miles per hour. No doubt that Italy’s leadership will set the stage for further development in Europe – and potentially the rest of the world. You can read the full story here: https://www.railway-technology.com/features/mercitalia-fast-service/ Want More? -…
Touch the Soil News #1251 (Feature photo – Natural Foods – Public Domain) Perhaps the most basic way to answer this question is fact that every action as some type of reaction. Food grown today has been subject to enormous changes over the years. Plant diversity is down, soils have been depleted, the composition of the atmosphere has changed and fields have been heavily treated with nitrogen to green plants. The following foray into why food nutrition might be declining has a number of new insights into the already numerous other factors that can affect the quality and nutrition of food: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign…