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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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Who is Food Insecure in America?

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Touch the Soil News #649 (Feature photo – CCA 2.0) With grocery stores filled with food spend millions on advertising and discounts to bring more customers in, this advertising means little if you are on the bottom of the financial chain. Hunger, however, has a real personal aspect to it. It’s not just about the free market or commercial transactions. The nation’s largest food banking network – Feeding America – serves over 46 million Americans through a network of over 50 thousand charitable feeding agencies around the nation. Other estimates are that food insecurity affects over 50 million Americans. In the late 60’s, President Richard Nixon addressed Congress saying “That…

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Dock Strikes Highlight Food Imports

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Touch the Soil News #648 (Feature Photo – CCA 3.0) With troubles brewing at East Coast docks, the labor tremors conjure up concerns about American Food Imports. Estimates are that the U.S. imports 19 percent of its food – 123 billion pounds. That’s almost 400 pounds per person here in the USA. Much of the imported food represents items more efficiently raised in warmer climates outside the nation. Given the volume of imports and the related economic impact on internal trucking, grocery chains and other industries affected, dock strikes can be economically punishing. For 2017, the USDA projects that agricultural exports will reach $134 billion while agricultural imports will reach…

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News Round-Up

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Touch the Soil News #647 (feature photo – logo of the World Health Organization)   EPA Won’t Belly Up After the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) was a probable carcinogen, the U.S. EPA decided to do its own research. The EPA published a report later on that said Roundup is not likely to be carcinogenic. When consumer advocacy group U.S. Right To Know sued the EPA for the documents used to determine Glyphosate’s safety last May, the EPA has been stonewalling the request. Legally, under the Freedom of Information, the EPA must provide the documents.   Tyson Chicken Tyson Foods announced that all of…

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The Dirty Dozen

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Touch the Soil News #646 (Feature Photo – David Monniaux CC SA 3.0) The Dirty Dozen pertains to the 12 foods most contaminated by pesticides. The report is updated and published annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG): https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php The EWG’s analysis of tests by the USDA found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides. USDA researchers found a total of 178 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products in the thousands of produce samples tested. The EWG said that the most contaminated sample of strawberries had 20 different pesticides and that spinach had twice the residues…

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Will Solar Farms Power the Farms of the Future?

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Touch the Soil News #645 (Feature Photo – NASA Earth Observatory) Forty years ago (1977) the cost of solar was $76.67 per watt. Today, its less than 50 cents per watt – 153 times cheaper. Recently, while flying over Eastern China, a NASA satellite took the picture above. What you are looking at is the world’s largest solar farm consisting of approximately 4 million solar panels and covering an area of 10 square miles (6,400 acres). This solar farm has the capacity to generate 850 megawatts – just shy of the standard 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant. This solar farm can power about 140,000 homes. China is the world’s leader…

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The Coffee of Things

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Touch the Soil News #644 (Feature Photo – Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer by far) How many farmers, market gardeners and home growers start the day with a cup of coffee? For most major agricultural commodities – of which coffee is one – the USDA keeps track of production and ending stocks. Ending stocks are important because they reveal whether the world consumes more of a product than is produced for a given year. Stocks represent coffee beans that are on hand before the new season crop comes in. For the 2016/2017 coffee bean season just ending, the ending stocks are set to drop again for the third…

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Farm Lot 59 – What’s the Message?

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Touch the Soil News #643 (feature photo courtesy of Farm Lot 59) In 1881, in what is now known as Long Beach, California, the city’s early founders identified a 4,000 acre area to create a new town. Of this land, 300 acres was carved out for the city portion and the other 3,700 acres were divided into 20 acre small farms numbered from 1 through 185. Farm Lot #59 is the last remaining plot that has not been urbanized. Owned by the city of Long Beach, Farm Lot 59 has been leased to Long Beach Local – a nonprofit that now oversees the operations of Farm Lot 59 as a…

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School Breakfast Program – How Does Your State Rank?

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Touch the Soil News #642 (feature Photo – School Breakfast – USDA) According to Feeding America (the nation’s food banking network) approximately 1 in 5 children live in poverty and simultaneously are food insecure. While food banks strive to stave off hunger in America, it is school lunch and breakfast programs that are a major safety net for children under 18. In the last school year (2015-2016) an average of 12.1 million students eligible to receive free and reduced price breakfast participated in the School Breakfast Program. Participation in the School Breakfast Program increase 3.7 percent over the year, or nearly 433,000 more children from the previous year. During this same…

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The World is Battling Sugar

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Touch the Soil News #641 (feature photo – soda case in a grocery store – CC SA 3.0) While raising some of your own food can aid in health and exercise, avoiding processed foods are also part of the equation. News and research on the effects of sugar have gone viral in many instances, partially due to the correlation to obesity. And obesity means higher health care costs – some of which is born by governments. Globally, the number of people who are overweight and obese has increased over the last three decades. Estimates are that in 1980, around 29 percent of people were overweight. Today, the rate is hovering…

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