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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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Lunar Palace 1 – Grows Own Food for 370 Days

Touch the Soil News #1023 (Feature photo – The U.S. Biosphere 2 was the first to prove life could continue in a closed environment – CCA 2.0 Generic) Some of us have visited the Biosphere in Tucson, Arizona where the first people to survive in an enclosed environment were able to grow food enough to sustain them for 1 year. The success of the Biosphere was changed in favor of environmental earth studies. The ball has been picked up in China where four people just spent 370 days in a large fully sealed facility. The facility had a food growing lab of 36,000 square feet. The living area was around…

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Public Transport – 10 billion Trips

Positive Future #157 (Feature photo – Modern Streetcars are Gaining in Popularity – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) In a recent press release, the American Public Transportation Association revealed that Americans took 10.1 billion trips on public transportation in 2017. This number of trips equates to 31 trips for every one of America’s 325 million people. While the number is impressive, it is slightly less than last year. Most of the decline came from declines in bus travel while other modes were steady or increasing (like streetcars). The story is more complex. Newer transportation (mini-buses) which can transport people from point of origin to destination (without having to go to a…

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Is it Safe to Eat Food Grown in Urban Gardens?

Touch the Soil News #1022 (Feature photo – Chicago Urban Farm – CCA 2.0 Generic) Treehugger, a leading media outlet dedicated to sustainability just put out a story on this important question: Is it safe to eat food grown in urban gardens? Considering the toxicity levels in some urban areas it is an important question. The short answer is that scientists agree on one thing – as long as you use compost and wash the garden vegetables, you are likely all right. Following is the link to the whole story which has a number of key insights: https://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/safe-eat-food-city-gardens.html Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Bosch – Encouraging 100,000 Employees to Ride Electric Bikes

Positive Future #156 (Feature photo – Bosch Research Center in Germany CCA SA 4.0 International) Bosch is a global engineering and electronics company. The company is a leader in producing motors, transmissions, battery packs and chargers for electric bike brands around the world. In a story from InsideEVs, Bosch has made electric bikes available to 100,000 of its German employees in an effort to improve employee health and promote more sustainable methods of transportation. Bosch has a global workforce of over 400,0000 people You can read the full story here: https://insideevs.com/bosch-encourages-its-100000-german-workers-to-lease-e-bikes/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Kia Soul EV – Remember the Hampsters?

Positive Future #155 (Feature photo – Kia Soul EV – CC SA 3.0 Unported) While Tesla dominates the world of electric vehicle news, there are other contenders for the road. Making news recently is that the Kia Soul EV became the number one selling electric car in Germany this past month. There were 721 Kia Soul electric vehicles sold in Germany for April and only 71 Teslas. Clean Technica reports that plug-in electric car sales in Germany reached 5,700 in April compared to 19,681 plug-in electric sales in the U.S. for April. Electric car sales in Germany for April 2018 are up 61 percent over April of 2017. You can…

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Louise O. Fresco

Touch the Soil News #1021 (Feature photo – Aerial Drone – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Most of us have never heard of Louise O. Fresco. She recently made news when she challenged why the world still measures agricultural productivity in terms of land and not water use. One of the most accomplished researchers and scientists from the nation of the Netherlands, Louise challenges the future of food as we know it. Her biography and experience are so extensive, it compels attention. So why is what Louise says important today? She explains that the foundations of food have eroded in ways unanticipated in the past and we are unprepared for what’s…

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Campbell Soup Company CEO Suddenly Retires

Touch the Soil News #1020 (Feature photo – Campbell Soup Company Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey – GNU Free Doc License) When the top of a large corporation up and quits, there is generally more to the story. What happens to CEOs is often driven by stockholder expectations for more. If the CEO can’t deliver, they often get ousted or quit suddenly. In the case of Denise Morrison – who was CEO of Campbell Soup Company for the last 7 years – she retired abruptly on May 18, 2018. Campbell’s Soup Sales have nudged downward from around $8.3 billion in 2014 to $7.9 billion in 2017. However, even though sales…

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Robotic Furniture for Smaller Apartments?

Positive Future #154 (Feature photo – Studio Apartment – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) It is official. Ori robotic furniture systems are now available to developers in Boston, Washington D.C., and New York with pre-orders available outside those markets. Does this mean that developers will intentionally build smaller living units to accommodate robotically moving furniture? As the world continues to squeeze itself with congestion, chances are high that robotic furniture will find a niche. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Investor Wars

Positive Future #153 (Feature photo – Shepherds– CCA SA 2.0 Generic) The number of electric cars on the road continues to climb. Estimates are that electric car sales in 2018 may reach 1.2 million globally. That said, electric utilities are more than happy to promote electric cars with big batteries. Charging those batteries could mean electric utilities can take away billions of dollars from the oil companies. A number of large utilities are offering up to $10,000 rebates to utility customers that buy electric cars. The goal is obvious, as utility companies now generate the earnings that previously when to fossil fuel companies. Utilities are also getting on the bandwagon…

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