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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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Do Food Chains Influence Who We Are?

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Touch the Soil News #780 (Feature photo – Joey Chestnut (center) wins a Krystal Hamburger Square Off by eating 103 Krystal burgers in 8 minutes – CC SA 2.0) Krystal is an American brand hamburger restaurant that – like so many others – is trying to differentiate itself. Founded in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression of the 30s, the company now has about 360 locations in the U.S. with over 6,500 employees. The company is owned by the Argonne Capital Group that also has sizeable investments in IHOP, Applebee’s, On the Border and Sonny’s BBQ. Fast food is the antithesis of eating out of the home garden.…

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Food from Electricity?

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Touch the Soil News #779 (Feature photo courtesy of Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) – Finland) Scientists from Finland just produced a single-cell protein from electricity and carbon dioxide. The final product is a nutritious mixture of more than 50 percent protein, 25 percent carbohydrates and a mixture of fats and nucleic acids. Currently, the production of one gram of protein takes about two weeks. In theory all that is needed to create the food is equipment, electricity and air. The electric food can also double as animal feed, not just human food. According to researchers at the LUT, creating food from electricity can potentially be nearly 10 times as…

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Will Farm Labor See a Resurgence?

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Touch the Soil News #778 Farm labor is not a profession that is taught at schools or universities -an interesting situation in a nation whose roots are in agriculture. Established in 1910, is an organization called the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA). The organization has 2,500 members in more than 20 countries. The non-profit occupies its time with issues related to agriculture and food. Recently, the AAEA has concerned itself with farm labor, particularly here in the U.S. Their concern is over immigration from Mexico – the source of U.S. farm labor. Stephen Devadoss of Texas Tech University is preparing a paper for the AAEA and reveals that labor…

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Overshoot Day was August 2, 2017

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Touch the Soil News #770 (feature photo courtesy of NASA) Overshoot day, is the day that human populations begin consuming more resources that the Earth can sustain. For example, the water the world uses from August 2, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (the next 152 days) is in overdraft. Overdraft means that it is unsustainable and the amount of overdraft is not available for future generations. There are many global organizations that embrace the idea that we need to balance consumption with what is sustainable including the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, The ICLEI – a group of global cities and municipalities working together that includes most of the…

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The Sugar of Things

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Touch the Soil News #777 (Feature photo – artistic drawing of the sugar beet – which is now a GMO crop in the U.S.) The world’s largest agricultural bank – Rabobank – is located in the Netherlands, but has offices in nations around the world including the U.S. As one of the world’s top 30 banks, Rabobank is unique in that its focus is on food and agriculture. Rare to make bold predictions or statements, Rabobank recently issued an economic report on sugar. Here are some highlights from the report: Consumer shift away from sugar has become a global trend. This is a big deal for the sugar industry and…

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Food Chain to the World – Economic Security is not Guaranteed

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Touch the Soil News #776 (feature photo – Tobia Kleinlercher – CC SA 3.0) The food chain is illustrating just how unsettled things can be. One of the most unsettling situations unfolding in the U.S. is traffic through the traditional family sit-down restaurant industry. The concern is that the economy is no longer one of growth but an economy of stagnation where competitors simply cannibalize each other. DineEquity, the company that owns the Applebees and IHOP brands is seeing a noticeable erosion of cash flowing through its restaurants. In an August 10, 2017 press release, DineEquity shared the bad news. Domestic IHOP restaurants saw same-store sales drop 2.1% for the…

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A Permaculture Country Club

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Touch the Soil News #775 (feature photo Graham Burnett CC SA 3.0) What if you could go to the country club and play disc golf, wander through a permaculture landscape laden with food, see aquaponics in action and see animals practicing rotational grazing? While it sounds great, there really is such a place in Costa Rica. It’s called St. Michael’s Sustainable Community. You can buy or rent a house that has a living roof and an edible landscape. Activist Rob Greenfield http://robgreenfield.tv/ takes us there for a special video on this Permaculture Country Club. The whole place is a food forest with hundreds of fruit trees, vegetables and medicinal plants.…

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When the Big Overshadows the Little

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Touch the Soil News #774 (feature photo – Coat of Arms for the Nation of Zambia – Public Domain) In the wide world of food and agriculture, the world is undergoing a new colonialism. Big nations that are far beyond their capacity to feed themselves are creating tight economic and political relationships with smaller nations that have excess farmland and water. It’s a global game of chess in which the stakes are higher than oil – food. While our big player today is China, there are other powerful food-insecure players on the horizon such as India and oil rich but food poor Middle East nations. Hitting the news recently is…

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The Cost of Not Eating Your Fruits and Veggies

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Touch the Soil News #773 (feature photo CCA 2.5 Generic) The Canadians have come up with a way to measure the cost of not eating enough fruits and veggies. The Canadian Journal of Public Health found that three quarters of Canadians fail to meet the Canadian Food Guide recommendations for daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Two years ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimated that only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruit and veggies. Here is where it gets interesting. The Canadian Journal of Public Health reports that the deficiency of Canadians in eating fresh fruits and veggies costs Canada about $4.39 billion a year. There is…

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