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Industrial Hemp Gets the Green Light in Canada

Positive Future #233 (Feature photo – Harvesting Hemp – GNU Free Doc License) Recently, the Honorable Ginette Petitpas Taylor – Minister of Health Canada –issued a decision to allow industrial hemp farmers to undertake whole plant harvest for the 2018 crop. Health Canada’s revision of regulations allows hemp farmers to immediately collect and store industrial hemp flower, bud and leaf material. You can read the full article on The Hemp News at the following link: http://www.thehempnews.com/canada-hemp-farmers-get-whole-plant-harvest-greenlight/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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EVBox – 60,000 Electric Car Charging Stations Globally

Positive Future #232 (Feature photo – EVBox Car Chargers – CCA SA 4.0 International) CleanTechnica journalist Jake Richardson provides insight on EVBox. EVBox currently has about 60,000 electric car charging stations around the globe – the largest network globally. This number comes as a surprise to many people as it is hard to grasp that just one charging network has achieved such size when many detractors say electric cars are still not feasible. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/08/17/evbox-expands-to-60000-charging-points-with-evtronic-acquisition/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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More on Court Order That Monsanto Pay $289 Million

Touch the Soil News #1099 (Feature photo – – Monsanto – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) More information is coming out on the lawsuit by Dewayne Johnson against Monsanto in which Johnson got cancer from using Roundup with glyphosate. Johnson’s lawyer showed the jury the secret internal Monsanto memo that the company knew Roundup could cause cancer. This victory has global implications as there are hundreds of other similar lawsuits pending against Monsanto. You can read the full story here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/aug/10/monsanto-trial-cancer-dewayne-johnson-ruling?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Facebook Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Catching Up On the Hemp Story

Touch the Soil News #1098 (Feature photo – Hemp Seed – CCA SA 3.0 Austria D-Kuru) While Hemp has been associated with psycho-active drugs, studies reveal the level of psycho-active ingredient in industrial hemp is too small for psycho effect. This is important, particularly in light of hemp’s other benefits. Benefits of hemp include medicinal purposes, high in food nutrition, ideal for making textiles (cloth), building materials, hemp paper, for ropes (cordage), water and soil purification, weed control and animal bedding. The world’s largest producer of hemp is France, which has historically produced 70 percent of the world output. Ironically, the U.S. relied on hemp to assure American naval power…

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The Roots of Bringing Back Industrial Hemp

Touch the Soil News #1097 (Feature photo – Industrial Hemp – CCA SA 4.0 International) In days gone by, hemp was an important product medicinally and industrially. Its new-found resurgence may bode well for agriculture and the consuming world. While hemp has become an important industrial crop in other nations, the rise of hemp has its roots just a few years ago in Kentucky. A better understanding of hemp and its industrial / economic value is a key to getting this new industry launched in the U.S. The following video clip brings to light an overlooked crop that has much potential. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign…

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15 Global Mega-Cities Curtailing Cars

Positive Future #230 (Feature photo – Car Exhaust – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Increasing congestion in cities and over 3 million deaths a year linked to car emission pollutants are causing cities to take action. Curbed just published an article on how 15 of the world’s major cities are looking to curtail the use of cars in city limits. On the list are mega-cities such as Paris, London, Berlin and Mexico City. These mega cities represent tens of millions of people and their efforts could spark a much larger global trend. You can read the full story here: https://www.curbed.com/2017/4/10/15207926/car-ban-cities-pollution-traffic-paris-london-mexico-city Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Airline Builds its Own Vertical Indoor Farm

Touch the Soil News #1096 (Feature photo – Emirates stewardesses will serve food grown in the company vertical indoor farm – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Emirates Airline is the largest airline in the Middle East. The company operates 3,600 flights a week to over 140 major cities in 81 countries. Emirates is partnering with a U.S. company Crop One Holdings to build one of the world’s largest indoor vertical farms that will provide the airline with over three (3) tons of fresh (chemical free) leafy greens a day. The indoor vertical farm will cost around $36 million. The facility will be located close to Dubai’s airport – the largest airport…

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When Food & Agriculture Get Pulled Into Trade Wars

Touch the Soil News #1095 (Feature photo – Deforestation in Brazil – CCA 2.0 Generic) It’s no secret that American soybeans are at the center of the trade wars erupting this year between the U.S. and China. With China now looking elsewhere to buy soybeans, they are looking to go to South America in general and Brazil in specifics. Unfortunately, an increase in demand for soybeans from Brazil means that even more pressure is put on Brazil’s ecosystems – the slashing and burning of endangered forests and savannahs. Unfortunately, the agricultural footprint of humans is so large relative to the Earth’s land surface that trade wars can result in further…

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Innovation Keeps Going

Positive Future #229 (iEV Electric Car – photo courtesy of iEV) The German made iEV (intelligent electric vehicle) is only 31 inches wide and 63 inches long. The little car only weighs 254 lbs. and is available on kickstarter for around $2,200. The car comes with a solar panel on the roof and a battery good for 37 miles. A complete story on the new iEV was published on New Atlas by journalist Ben Coxworth. While the little car seems too small for big highways (which is not what it is being built for) it can move around in congested areas and for short jaunts to the store. You can…

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