Touch the Soil News #1148 (Feature photo The Internet of Things – Wilgengebroed on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/wilgengebroed/8249565455/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32745541 ) The internet of things has penetrated deeply into our lives. However, the incentives to deepen the scope of the internet of things costs money. Putting up the money to develop the internet of things is mostly done by money that expects more money back. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) reports that we must use caution when it comes to food convenience and how food is placed in front of us: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
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Positive Future #283 (Feature photo – Land Restoration with Trees – Public Domain) For big problems, there needs to be big ideas. The Land Life Company – headquartered in Amsterdam, Holland is developing planting technology, autonomous planting, remote sensing and blockchain verification of results. The goal is to restore over 2 billion hectares (5 billion acres) of degraded land and enable that land to return to its original roles of sustaining the planet, the atmosphere and many other regenerative tasks. Now, investment dollars are beginning to flow into this innovative approach to restoring the true economic base of the world – the natural ecosystems. You can read the full story…
Positive Future #282 (Feature photo – Hurricane Flooding in Texas in 2017 – public domain) The news organization called Curbed, recently posted an interesting article about homes at risk in the coastal regions in general – and Florida in specifics. The author – Patrick Sisson – lists the coastal cities in Florida most at risk from coastal storms and rising sea levels. This is a good thing, because the nation cannot continue without giving a lot more thought as to where we build and how we build. Not mentioned in the article are other climate risks that have been impacting the rest of the nation to include: Fires in the…
Touch the Soil News #1147 (Feature photo Sustainable Food Chain – USDA) The good food purchasing program was developed by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council in 2012. Shortly thereafter, the program was adopted by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Now, around 750,000 meals a day are served the city and the schools. Meals that are being sourced and managed in a way that changes the food system to include: Valuing the workforce Nutrition Animal Welfare Environmental Sustainability Local Economies You can read the full story here: http://goodfoodla.org/policymaking/good-food-procurement/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #281 (Feature photo – Diesel Pick-up Truck – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Following is a list of nations which have made public their goal to phase out internal combustion engine cars: Austria Britain China Costa Rica Denmark France Germany India Ireland Israel Japan Netherlands Norway Portugal Scotland South Korea Spain Taiwan According to a report from the Center for Climate Protection, these countries represent 3.3 billion people or 43 percent of the world’s population. It is not just nations that are setting targets to ban internal combustion engine cars, but many major cities as well. You can download the report: A Survey on Global Activity to Phase…
Positive Future #280 (Feature photo – First cell-cultured meat in 2013 – CCA 3.0 Unported) The nation’s ranchers have been arguing that you cannot call lab-grown meat as meat. But what do you call it? Lab scientists and ranchers were headed for an all-out legal battle over what can be called meat. In a letter of conciliation, the proponents of lab meat and the ranchers sent a letter to the White house saying that the USDA and FDA should regulate on what they agreed should be called cell-bases meat and poultry. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #279 (Feature photo – Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark – CCA 4.0 International) Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, a modest European nation of 5.8 million people, announced that all sales of new fossil-fuel-powered cars will cease in 2030. The nation plans to have 1 million electric and hybrid cars on the road by then. Electric Vehicles Research reports on the announcement and further adds that hybrids will be phased out by 2035. You can read the full story here. https://www.electricvehiclesresearch.com/articles/15558/denmark-to-ban-petrol-and-diesel-car-sales-by-2030 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1146 (Feature photo – Sikkim, India logo – Public Domain) On the other side of the world is the State of Sikkim, India. Home to a modest population of 658,000 people, Sikkim is the first state in the world whose food and farming is 100% organic. It was no small feat that over 65,000 small farmers are now all organic. The nation’s schools are also home to organic gardens. The state as recently been recognized globally for its organic milestone.
Touch the Soil News #1145 (Feature photo – Sustainably Raised Produce – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, just received a prestigious Silver Award from the World Future Council as relates to food and social justice. Quito is a city of 2.7 million people, many of which live very modestly. The city has organized local people and aided in the development of 3,600 urban gardens to grow food and educate people on growing food. The formal name of the project is AGRUPAR, which was developed on the basis of a broad, largely women-led community input. The city of Quito, was just one of several…