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Facilitates ripening of fruits and flowers, boosts essential oils & fragrance production. Ripe Blend provides ripening elements such as Kelp, Humic and Fulvic Acids and is rich in phosphorus & potassium.

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Is Competition Becoming Weird?

Touch the Soil News #1050 (Feature photo – Rope Towing – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Declaration) In the news lately are the earnings of ConAgra and General Mills. ConAgra, a packaged food giant with almost 8 billion in sales is battling against General Mills (also a packaged food giant) with almost 16 billion in sales. As mainstream brands are now frequently taking backseat to private labels, the food giants of the past are in tough competition for the consumer’s dollar. ConAgra is 80 percent owned by institutional investors and General Mills is 73 percent owned by institutional investors. So what else do these companies have in common? Essentially the…

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Annual Global Wind Power Additions Soaring Upwards

Positive Future #184 (Feature photo – Offshore Wind Turbines – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) CleanTechnica just published news that annual wind power capacity additions are expected to average 67 gigawatts a year for the next 10 years. Considering that under ideal conditions 1 gigawatt may power 750,000 homes, the math becomes stunning. With 67 gigawatts of new wind power every year for 10 years (670 gigawatts), that would be enough to power over 500 million new homes. Now that is a lot of new power. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/22/annual-global-wind-additions-to-average-67-gigawatts-through-2027-forecasts-make-consulting/?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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Almost 7,000 Hyundai Kona Electric Pre-Orders

Positive Future #183 (Feature photo – Hyundai’s Kona Electric Car –CCA SA 4.0 International) Clean Technica provided interesting insight about the coming fully-electric Hyundai Kona. Testing the waters in Norway, Hyundai asked how many of you would like the new Kona? Some 20,000 people said they wanted one. What is surprising is that when pre-orders were made available a stunning 6,969 pre-orders came in. Not bad for a car that won’t be available for delivery until mid-2020. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/06/22/hyundai-kona-electric-gets-6969-firm-orders-from-norwegians-in-first-two-weeks/?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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Coming Soon – Drinking Straws Made of Paper

Touch the Soil News #1049 (Feature photo – Plastic Straws on the Way Out – CCA 2.0 Generic) Few things have defined the food chain as much as plastic, Plastic bags, containers, utensils and drinking straws for beginners. The damage to the environment from plastics has emerged as a crisis event – not to mention the millions of micro-plastic particles that we ingest regularly. At the forefront of the change is the U.K. which is banning single use plastics. Recently a new company in Wales has opened the first paper-straw factory in decades. Transcend Packaging is working to supply a growing need to transition away from plastic straws and back…

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What if You were CEO of Starbucks?

Touch the Soil News #1048 (Feature photo – Starbucks – Public Domain) Starbucks has become a global household name – it has around 28,000 locations worldwide and some 240,000 employees. What happens when the stockholders of Starbucks tell you they aren’t getting enough money and you should do something about the declining stock value? Starbucks has issued almost 1.4 billion shares that stockholders think should be worth almost $60 billion. However, even though overall sales are growing slightly, operating income is down. To make stockholders happy, Starbucks plans to shell out $25 billion in cash benefits to stockholders in the form of stock buybacks (increases value to remaining stockholders) and…

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Food as Medicine

Touch the Soil News #1047 (Feature photo – Vegetables – CCA 2.0 Generic) The debate has been going on a long time. Recently a couple of studies have revealed that eating your fresh veggies helps lower depression. It is hard to imagine that in 1960, Americans spent $74 billion on food and $27 billion on health care. Those numbers were reversed after 1983. Estimates for 2017 reveal that for the year, Americans spent $1.6 trillion on food and $3.6 trillion on health care. The question must be asked, are we eating too much processed food and meat? In the following video clip, Phil Lempert discusses the new findings on the…

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NextEra Energy – Puts America on the Renewable Energy Map

Positive Future #182 (Feature photo – A NextEra Energy Wind Project – CCA 2.0 Generic) NextEra Energy, a Florida energy company, is the world’s largest operator of wind and solar farms. While the company also has gas and nuclear facilities, its renewable portfolio is growing. The company has a combined generating capacity of approximately 46 gigawatts – enough to power 34 million homes under ideal conditions. With over 14,000 employees, the company is making a difference in America’s global competitiveness in renewal technology. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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More on Trade Wars

Touch the Soil News #1046 (Feature photo – Container Ships at the heart of Global Trade – NOAA) In a press release dated 6/18/2018, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has stepped forward in response to the White House threats of adding tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods. NRF CEO Matthew Shay is asking Congress to intervene and exert authority on trade policy. The NRF sponsored a study earlier this year which found that tariffs of an additional $100 billion would result in the loss of 455,000 jobs. Using this math, tariffs on an additional $200 billion would result in the loss of almost 1 million jobs. What…

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Surging Global Electric Car Sales

Positive Future #181 (Feature photo – Apple Park – Electric Car Charging – CCA SA 4.0 International) Electric car sales include all cars that have a plug-in feature. According to InsideEVs, global electric car sales for May, 2017 totaled 71,762. For May, 2018, electric car sales totaled 128,450. This gain of 56,688 units represents a market gain of 79 percent. 2018 year-to-date sales of electric cars are 432.450, up 65 percent from 2017 numbers. At these levels of increases, the world is on course to sell over 2 million electric cars in 2018. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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