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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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Colleges – Where Does Food Gardening Fit In?

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Touch the Soil News #680 (feature photo – CC SA 3.0) The idea of having a direct hand in the necessities of life has reached low levels. Today, the focus is having a direct hand in converting our labor and skills into dollars – because having a direct hand in our necessities is inefficient – particularly if you are going to college. Yet, food gardening has kept a toehold in modern economies. Speaking of modern economies, some reports reveal that food gardening is on the increase due to hiccups in the financial economy. Back in 2008 it was estimated that the Gross Domestic Garden Product was over $21 billion. This…

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Are You a Flexitarian?

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Touch the Soil News #679 (Feature Photo – the largest beef feedlot in the United States is located in Southwestern Idaho and can house over 100,000 animals at a time.) The world of food preferences is changing, Concerns about the ecological impact of meat and the separate concern of animal welfare is driving change and changes in attitude. A recent poll by “Packaged Facts” reveals that 58 percent of consumers are concerned about animal welfare. To make the most of changing public attitude about meat and meat animals, food companies are looking to: Leveraging links between animal welfare and product health and sustainability. Market animal-welfare related products such as grass-fed…

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Are Pension Funds Driving Food and Social Disorder?

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Touch the Soil News #678 (feature photo – protestors at TIAA, New York -Brandon Wu, ActionAid) TIAA, one of the world’s largest pension fund companies is trying to find an investment home for almost $900 billion dollars. Popularly known as the “teacher” pension company, TIAA is being accused of keeping its books closed to outsiders on its farmland investments. Last week (April 20, 2017) protestors outside of TIAA’s New York Offices delivered a letter to the company with over 100,000 signatures. TIAA is being accused of financing farm acquisitions in third-world nations (such as Brazil). Allegations are that the farmlands being purchased by TIAA were taken by local officials who…

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Wasteless – A Better Approach to Grocery Shopping

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Touch the Soil News #677 Wasteless is a start-up tech company from Israel. It is re-inventing how grocery stores manage inventory (food), pricing and minimizing waste. The new technology is headed for America and other parts of the word. In the U.S., almost 50 percent of food from the farm field never gets into a consumer’s stomach. All along the food chain the waste takes place. The largest concentration of waste takes place in grocery stores. Modern grocers are inefficient when it comes to managing perishable and processed food. Estimates are that U.S. grocers lose a $1 billion a day in food losses. Wasteless is placing RFID chips on food…

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Big Fish Being Eaten by Bigger Fish

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Touch the Soil News #676 (feature photo – CCA SA 4.0 International) The Food Chain is always an interesting place to learn about money, economics and the world we live in.   The Big Fish: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen was founded in 1972. The company grew and grew until it had over 2,600 restaurants in 40 states and over 30 countries. It was a big employer too, with around 130,000 employees before a bigger fish swallowed it for $1.8 billion. The Bigger Fish: Restaurant Brands International (RBI) bought Popeyes for $1.8 billion. RBI owns Burger King and Tim Hortons in Canada- which together had over 20,300 restaurants. The new company is…

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Goodby WhiteWave

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Touch the Soil News #675 (feature photo CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication) Most of us have never heard of WhiteWave Foods from Colorado. That’s because it is a “parent” company of many different brands. It is the brands we are familiar with, not the ownership and the backroom gamesmanship. WhiteWave was born out of a spin-off from Dean Foods in 2012. So, over the past five years, WhiteWave has been like a snowball rolling downhill and accumulating everything in sight. WhiteWave ultimately owned all of these brands: Earthbound Organics (largest organic farm in the USA) Horizon Organic (think Horizon organic milk) Silk brand soy milk Wallaby Organic Yogurt International…

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A Big Fight is Brewing

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Touch the Soil News #674 Have you heard of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine? Founded in 1985, it’s a non-profit group headquartered in Washington, D.C. Their membership includes 12,000 physicians and another 150,000 committed members. The Physicians Committee filed a lawsuit on April 12, 2017 to stop California’s Los Angeles School District and Poway Unified School District from serving students processed meats – including hot dogs, pepperoni and luncheon meat. These meats are linked to colorectal cancer. The lawsuit alleges that the serving of foods that have been linked to cancer in school lunches violates California’s Education Code. The Code mandates that school lunches must be of the highest quality…

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Peach & Blueberry Tremors

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Touch the Soil News #673 In mid-March, South Carolina (rated as the #2 peach growing state behind California) experienced and unseasonal freeze. The frost destroyed 85 percent of the state’s peach crop – a loss of over 100 million pounds of peaches – 5 percent of the nation’s peaches. On average, American’s consume about 3 lbs. of peaches/nectarines each year. The loss is equivalent to the peach/nectarine consumption of 33 million Americans. The same frost hit Georgia, the nation’s largest producer of blueberries. Estimates are that around 70 million pounds were lost – equal to roughly 5 percent of the nation’s blueberry crop. On average, Americans consume 4.5 lbs. of…

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Algae Pond Scum for Food?

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Touch the Soil News #672 (feature photo – microscopic view of algae CCS SA 2.5) Have you heard of TerraVia? It is a California Company that specializes in oils and proteins for human consumption from Algae. The algae oils are said to solve one of the major health challenges in the U.S. – i.e. non trans-fat oils that are heart healthy. Cardiovascular disease is said to be the cause of 30 percent of all deaths worldwide. Algae protein is said to be low in fat and can be used as a replacement for butter and egg yolks and as a new source of vegan protein. TerreVia grows microalgae in dark,…

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