Touch the Soil News #1125 (Feature photo – Hemp Farm – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) AgroPro in Eastern Europe has over 4,000 acres under contract production. Along with its sister company Borela UAB (hemp processor) the company has just been acquired by a Canadian company for over $6 million. The Hemp plant has three important parts: 1) Seeds which are used for food and personal care products, 2) Leaves and flowers which produce CBD used in wellness products, supplements and beauty products. 3) Stalks which are used to produce fibers for paper, building materials, clothing and other textiles. You can read the full story here: http://www.globalaginvesting.com/aurora-cannabis-acquires-europes-largest-organic-hemp-producer/ Want More? – Sign…
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Touch the Soil News #1126 (Feature photo – Saudi Arabian Desert – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Saudi Arabia doesn’t have enough water or farmland to feed itself. It is a food-dependent nation of some 33 million people. Saudi tried to be more food self-sufficient by encouraging agriculture at the expense of using up four fifths of its total groundwater reserves by 2012. Given the infiltration of speculation into the global food chain, Saudi wants to own or control farmland in other countries. Saudi Arabia is close to inking another deal in the Ukraine that would bring its farming operations there to almost 500,000 acres. That is equivalent to a farm…
Positive Future #260 (Feature photo – Electric Bike – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain) Coming together in Seattle, Washington, 406 electric bike riders converged for the largest ever electric bike group ride. Sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club with Rad Power Bikes, the event also included and eBike Expo. As news of the event spreads, word is that people from other states would come and join the event next year. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #259 (Feature photo – Preparations for Hemp Concrete – courtesy of Highland Hemp House) The use of hemp for construction materials is not new, but it is not widespread. The International Hem Building Association looks to change that. The 8th International Hemp Building Symposium is being held in Brussels, Belgium this coming October 16-17. You can learn more about the event here: https://internationalhempbuilding.org/8th-international-hemp-building-symposium/ On the forefront of hemp building construction is Highland Hemp House – a project that encompasses re-building a home with hemp concrete. http://www.highlandhemphouse.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1124 (Feature photo – The GreenBelly Model – courtesy of GreenBelly) GreenBelly is a vertical garden that makes use of existing walls to produce fresh food in limited spaces. By using recycle materials and organic waste from neighbors, this project holds potential for the future. By leveraging the vertical spaces next to urban walls, rainwater, sunshine and space can be utilized for growing more fresh local food. You can learn more about the effort here: http://www.greenbelly.org/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #258 (Feature photo – Popular Uses of Plastic – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The consequences of human ingestion of micro-plastic particles from carpets to food packaging are now at least on the debate table. Who knows what the long-term effects are? The food chain and the natural environment have been encroached upon in ways that we may not fully understand for some time. Recently, the European Union is fighting to ban single-use plastics and create a more effective plan for recycling plastic. Will the world ever find itself plastic-free? Given time, perhaps nothing is impossible. Phil Lempert gives us a more in-depth perspective in the following video. Want…
Touch the Soil News #1123 (Feature photo – Harvesting Hemp – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Hemp Magazine recently reported on a rather interesting trend. The legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in many states has created an explosion of cannabis farming – which has dramatically softened the price of cannabis. A number of Oregon cannabis growers as quitting and going exclusively to hemp for the production of CBD oil. You can read the full story here: https://thehempmag.com/2018/09/in-oregon-a-marijuana-exodus-creates-a-hemp-renaissance/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #257 (Feature photo – Car Exhaust – Public Domain) CleanTechnica just published a story about the city of Frankfurt in Germany. Seems that air pollution from older diesel cars is exceeding the legal limit. According to a court ruling, the city must act to ban the cars by February 2019. If all German cities with the highest air pollution levels decide to implement similar bans, up to 1.3 million diesel cars could be prohibited from driving in those cities. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/09/17/more-german-cities-ban-older-diesels-bmw-tells-america-no-diesels-for-you/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1122 (Feature photo – Many parks in Korea are used for urban farming – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Gyeonggi Province in South Korea is upping the game when it comes to urban farming. According to the Korea Bizwire, there were 552,000 people engaged in urban farming. It is interesting to see where these city people are growing food. About 48 percent farmed community spaces. 33 percent farmed in parks, 9 percent farmed at schools and 5 percent farmed at senior centers. One of the big concerns in Asia is the safety of industrial food. Has food in America strayed too far from its roots? Want More?…