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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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Would You Borrow $200 million to Build Vertical Farms in China?

Touch the Soil News #919 (Feature photo – Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Start-up company Plenty Farms (San Francisco, California) wants to build a new food chain – large indoor vertical farms near all major cities around the world. So far they have taken on $200 million in venture capital money led by Softbank from Japan. Certainly, mainstream farming is expensive in terms of production and shipping – but then so are large high-tech buildings near big cities. Plenty plans to make it work by removing waste from almost every step in the supply chain, build facilities near large population centers and be frugal about use of natural…

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Re-visiting Shenzhen – 16,359 Electric City Buses

Positive Future #54 (Feature photo –– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Earlier we visited the topic of how the city of Shenzhen’s public transport buses were going to be fully electrified by the end of 2017. Well, the event happened. Shenzhen, one of the world’s mega-cities with a population of over 12 million, now has a fleet of 16,359 electric buses – no gas or diesel buses at all. The city has over 500 charging stations with 8,000 charging poles. The official Shenzhen City press release reports that a bus can be fully charged within two hours and Shenzhen is the first city in the world to electrify 100 percent of…

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A Family Car with Solar Panels – Leave it to the Young People

Positive Future #53 (Feature photo – the Lightyear Team – photo courtesy of Lightyear) A Dutch start-up called Lightyear is working to launch a fully electric car. Called the Lightyear One, the car can recharge itself using embedded solar cells and the sun. The company expects to deliver its first 10 cars in 2019. The next 100 cars are expected in 2020. The starting price is around $125,000 USD. According to the company, the car has optimized aerodynamics, weight-saving features and, depending upon battery configuration – up to almost 500 miles of range. The Lightyear One can be charged by 1) Sunlight. 2) Standard household socket. 3) Standard EV charging…

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Subway – Food Chain Tremor

Touch the Soil News #918 (Feature photo – Subway Restaurant – CCA SA 4.0 International) Over the past five years, customer traffic to Subway restaurants in the U.S. has dropped over 25 percent. In 2015, Subway opened 911 new restaurants, but also closed 877 for a modest gain of 34 new locations. For 2016, Subway had a net closure of 359 locations, causing the store’s total restaurant count in the U.S. to drop for the first time. For 2017, the news of Subway’s decline is more serious – a net closure of 909 locations. From the outside, it looks like a confused mess. Last week, the New York Post reported…

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Life Space – Self-Watering Garden

Touch the Soil News #917 (Feature photo – self watering raised bed – photo courtesy of Life Space) Life Space is a company that manufactures self-watering raised garden beds in Vancouver, Canada. The materials used are natural and safe. A 4 X 4 kit sells for $155. The company uses its proprietary sub-irrigation process in which plants sit over a water reservoir. The plants and soil naturally absorb the water. There is a shaft down the side of the raised bed which allows water to be directly put into the reservoir. The company also builds specific gardening platforms for apartments and condos – you can check it all out at…

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Ford’s Money Trail – a Hint of More to Come?

Positive Future #52 (Feature photo – Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford and great grandson of Ford Founder Henry Ford – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Ford made news recently when Ford Chairman – Bill Ford – announced the company was planning to spend $11 billion over the next 4 years on electrifying its powertrains and cars. Ford plans to have 24 hybrid electrics and 16 fully electric cars by 2022. Ford is not the only automaker in the race to electric. General Motors plans to have some 20 electrified vehicles roll out over the next five years. So why are automakers spending $ billions in research and development that will obsolete…

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Is a Solar Power Revolution Underway?

Positive Future #51 (Feature photo – The Westmill Solar Co operative in England is the largest community-owned solar farm in the world – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – Ben Cavanna) Making the news early this year is a BNEF (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) report. Investment in clean energy in 2017 was $333.5 billion – of that amount, solar was $160.8 billion. China invested $132.6 billion in clean energies, while the U.S. came in second at $56.9 billion. Globally, Investment in clean energy since 2010 is $2.5 trillion. You can read the full report at the following link: https://about.bnef.com/blog/runaway-53gw-solar-boom-in-china-pushed-global-clean-energy-investment-ahead-in-2017/ The big news is that early estimates project new solar capacity in…

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Football Field Turned into Urban Farm???

Touch the Soil News #916 (Feature photo – Michael Sorrell at the Farm (formerly a football field – photo courtesy of Paul Quinn College) Few of us have heard of Paul Quinn College. And few of us have heard of EdSurge news – a news company that focuses on the use of technology in education – including food growing technology. Recently EdSurge did a story on Michael Sorrell – President of Paul Quinn College. When Sorrell took over as head of the college in 2017, it’s football venue was broken, as was the colleges finances. As a result of the situation, Sorrell decided to cut the football program from the…

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Is Urban Farming a Must for our Future?

Touch the Soil News #915 (Feature photo – MUFI Logo – CCA SA 4.0 International License) Lorraine Chow from EcoWatch just published an article that takes the importance of urban farming to the next level – it’s a cornerstone of the future of food. She quotes the Thompson Reuters Foundation which concludes that “Urban farms could supply almost the entire recommended consumption of vegetables for city dwellers, while cutting food waste and reducing emissions from the transportation of agricultural products. Chow also cites Dr. David Suzuki who explains the story of one patch of Detroit – where 12 vacant houses were removed to grow food. This plot has supplied almost…

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