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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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Over 500 million People Short of Fresh Produce

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Touch the Soil News #630 In the winter, 80 percent of the European Union’s fresh produce comes from modest farming areas in Italy and Spain. These areas much like California, except that this year unseasonably wet and cold weather has compromised production. Low supplies of things like iceberg lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant have already caused rationing in the U.K’s largest grocery chain. In Southern Italy and France, blizzards are destroying the year’s crops of greens, citrus and grapes. The word is out that supermarkets from the U.K. to Germany are low on pretty much all produce. While the Europeans can import some fresh produce from the…

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C-Stores as a Source of Food

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Touch the Soil News #629 It’s no secret, there are lots of C-Stores in America – 154,535 as of the end of 2016. C-Stores have become a fusion of grocery stores, restaurants and health snack stop. They are competing ferociously with grocery stores who are increasingly offering ready to eat foods and prepared foods for takeout. The number of C-Store outlets has increased by 63 percent over the last 30 years. In addition, there are 25 percent more C-Store locations than there are supermarkets, superstores, drug stores and dollar stores. The nation’s top 10 C-Stores are (source C-Store News): 7-Eleven                                      8,273 stores Couche-Tard (Circle K)         7,276 stores Shell…

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Processed Meat – Think About This One

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Touch the Soil News #628 When it comes to meat, the word processed says a lot of things – nitrates, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Following is a statement from a news piece (anonymous) that talks about processed meat: “Processed meat is derived from the processing and treatment of meat to prolong its shelf life and to enhance its taste. Meat is mainly processed to improve its shelf life, quality and preserve it from decay and to add flavors to its original composition.”   One of the things that is missed here is that by processing meat, it makes it easier to ship it around the globe. Without universal…

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An Unlikely Player in the Food Business

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Touch the Soil News #627 (feature photo – Panasonic vegetables under its Veggie Life brand – courtesy of Panasonic) Mention the name Panasonic and we all think electronics and lighting. This global electronics company headquartered in Osaka, Japan employs about 250,000 people. Rapidly gaining momentum in the food industry is indoor farming, vertical farming or controlled environment agriculture. When you look at food from these angles, several things stick out – high tech, electronics, and lighting. Three years ago Panasonic decided to build a controlled environment food system in Singapore. Singapore is a small country that is almost all city and asphalt with virtually no agriculture. At the time, the…

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Turning Soldiers into Farmers

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Touch the Soil News #626 It’s called the Gulayan sa Kampo project. The Philippine Department of agriculture recently announced that it is collaborating with the Philippine military to establish vegetable production on idle military lands. The Department of Agriculture will teach military men the technologies of vegetable production. The soldiers will showcase their farms to neighboring communities and encourage them to go into vegetable farming as well. Produce from the military vegetable farms will not only feed soldiers, but members of the local communities as well. The Department of Agriculture is looking to get some competition going between military gardens and gardeners to see who is the best. Unfortunately, the…

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News RoundUp

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Touch the Soil News #625 COOL Labeling In December of 2015, Congress repealed the COOL (country of origin labeling) for meat products. Recently, the state of Wyoming and the state of South Dakota have introduced legislation that would require meat products carry country-of-origin labeling. Looks like states are tired of federal oversight on things that they want.   Agricultural Trade Over 130 agricultural groups in the U.S. (most every major ag group in America) have put their signatures to a letter to Donald Trump on the importance of U.S. agricultural trade overseas. The groups illustrate that the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) has facilitated a quadrupling of agricultural exports…

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Got Fly?

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Touch the Soil News #624 Last week we published a news piece – #618 Insects as Animal Feed. In recent financial news, a global leader in recycling food and other waste through fly larvae (maggots) just received $10 million in funding to build over 200 fly larvae recycling farms around the world. AgriProtein in partnership with Christof Industries has engineered a high-tech blueprint for facilities that use fly larvae to recycle food waste. The larvae then become food for fish, chickens and pet food. The two companies say they can build out high volume (low cost) fly farms anywhere in the world. And, they are going globetrotting to Asia, the…

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Is Industrial Farm Economics Unfriendly to Humans (and farmers)?

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Touch the Soil News #623 (Feature photo – in 2017, even big farms will face uncertainty. Over the years, farm auctions have become bigger and bigger.) In 1935, America had around 7 million farm operations. Today that number is around 2 million of which less than 100,000 produce the majority of the nation’s agricultural output. In short, the advice of economists to farmers to grow, buy more equipment and buy more land has resulted in bankrupting most farm operators. The USDA just released its estimates for net farm income in the U.S. for 2017. Estimates are that 2017 net farm income will be 57 percent less than in 2013 (see…

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Whole Foods Retracting?

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Touch the Soil News #622 (feature photo – CC SA 4.0) According to Whole Foods Market, it is operating 469 stores and has over 87,000 employees. The long term goal of Whole Foods Market has been to expand to 1,200 stores – they’ve got a long way to go. Unfortunately, sales have slowed dramatically. Whole Foods Market plans to open six stores this quarter, but shutter 9 stores for a net decrease of 3 stores. The company has had to endure six straight quarters of declining same-store sales. The reasons for Whole Foods Market in losing wind in its sails are complex – heavy competition from majors like Kroger and…

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