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The Changing Face and Structure of Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1226 (Feature photo – Amy Hicks from Amy’s Organic Garden – USDA) While policy makers stress over the lack of younger people in mainstream farming, are they actually missing the boat? While the farmer of a 15,000 acre enterprise may be approaching retirement, thousands of younger people – including women – are entering farming. They are not large corn or soybean farmers. They are often a new breed of entrepreneurs and social activists that are shaping the food scene around cities. AgriNews Journalist Erica Quinlan takes us to Indiana to explore how women are changing who farms and how agriculture is changing: http://www.agrinews-pubs.com/news/women-who-farm/article_1c58637d-d052-5e55-8916-0aa936fd4ea0.html Want More? -…

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The Future of Urban Living?

Positive Future #360 (Feature photo – Personal Rapid Transit Podcar in Masdar – CCA 2.0 Generic) A futuristic city called Masdar City, is being built from the ground up to demonstrate what future sustainable cities will all entail. Funded primarily the city of Abu Dhabi, the project was launched in 2006. Ultimately the city would be home to some 50,000 people and 1,500 businesses. The businesses would be primarily focused on commercial and manufacturing facilities specializing in environmentally friendly products. CleanTechnica journalist Jacek Fior reports on his tour of Masdar City. https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/15/tesla-carshare-coming-to-masdar-city-cleantechnica-exclusive/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Clean Energy Investments – $300 billion in 2018

Positive Future #359 (Feature photo – Modern Solar Farm in California – BLM) Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports that clean energy investments exceeded $300 billion in 2018. While that is slightly less than 2017, the big news is that 100GW of new solar energy came on line in 2018. Using an average of 725,000 homes being powered by 1 gigawatt, the 100GW new capacity could theoretically power 72.5 million homes. You can read the full story here: https://about.bnef.com/blog/clean-energy-investment-exceeded-300-billion-2018/ On another solar front, scientists are working to develop ever more efficient solar cells. The current efficiency of solar cells is that they are the cheapest form of power generation in over…

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The “Green New Deal”

Positive Future #358 (Feature photo – Urban Income Inequality – CCA SA 2.0 Generic Micah Sittig) The Green New Deal attempts to address economic inequality and arresting climate change. At the heart of the “deal” is how younger people think about the world they are inheriting. Feelings by younger people that they are inheriting a world “trashed” by the older generations have some truth. When it comes to economic inequality, that issue is raging around the world already. The biggest criticism of the “Green New Deal” is how to finance it all. That really strikes at the heart of the matter. Why can’t we adequately afford ourselves within the framework…

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Has Agriculture & the Food Chain Compromised the Worlds Wildlife?

  Touch the Soil News #1225 (Feature photo – Grain Fire, Industrial Farming and Global Warming – Public Domain) Many champions of humanity explain the world can feed 9.5 billion people by 2040 in the context of a warming planet. The present population is 7.5 billion. The problem is that the world can’t feed who’s here. The problem is deeper than just numbers of people. There are things like a materially unsustainable industrial farming system, a financial system whose purchasing power is underpinned by low wages and a competitive system of economics that wastes 1/3 of all food produced. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) looks into the recent the World Wildlife Fund’s…

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Will Your Next Truck Be an Electric Rivian?

Positive Future #357 (Feature photo – Rivian Pickup Truck – CCA SA 4.0 International – Richard Truesdell) America is in love with big trucks that have lots of power. Ford, Dodge, General Motors and Toyota have bet their bottom line on that reality. Out of nowhere comes the Rivian Electric Truck https://products.rivian.com/ . The truck comes) with an electric range of 400 miles, a quad motor system for superior driving control, a water wading depth capability of 3 feet and acceleration of 0-60 in 3 seconds. Major automakers are under attack from newcomers to the auto and truck scene. CleanTechnica reveals a handful of emerging companies that have powerful ideas,…

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Land – What Everyone Wants

Touch the Soil News #1224 (Feature photo – Controlled Environment Agriculture – courtesy of NASA) It’s no secret that the number of people in the world is growing by about 80 million a year – roughly two Californias. Populous nations around the world want to expand their control over agricultural land, even though it is overseas. One of the least populated nations – Australia – has been targeted by foreigners for its agricultural lands. Australia, about three fourths the size of America, has only 25 million people – a drop in the bucket compared to the U.S. population of 325 million. It is unclear as to who all the foreign…

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Hemp – Rescuing the World from Plastics

Touch the Soil News #1223 (Feature photo – Hemp Bioplastic Car Door Interior – CCA SA3.0 Unported) The National Hemp Association recently explored the problem of plastic and how the world has created a type of waste that nature cannot digest. Hemp contains nearly 70 percent cellulose fibers from which bioplastics (material that can decompose) can be made. To replace all the plastics with hemp or other bio-plastic materials is not going to happen overnight. But if hemp gets the world jump-started on a different path, its importance so far has certainly been underrated. You can read the full story here: https://nationalhempassociation.org/the-need-for-hemp-bioplastics/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals…

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Altius Farms – Another Foray into Changing Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1222 (Feature photo – Altius Farms Towers – courtesy of Altius Farms) Just coming into production is Altius Farms in Denver. Denver, the center of a metro area of 2.4 million people, is in need of more urban food. Altius claims to be one of the largest rooftop operations with over 8,000 square feet. Different from other hydroponics operations, Altius Farms is centered on growing towers. With almost two years in the design, building and business planning, Altius farms will be in full production this year. 303 Magazine from Denver provides insights as operations are winding up: https://303magazine.com/2019/01/altius-rino-rooftop-farm/ You can learn more about their operation at:…

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