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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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Restaurant Chain Economics

Touch the Soil News #1001 (Feature photo – Subway Restaurant – CCA SA 4.0 International) Word is out that Subway Sandwiches is planning to close an estimated 500 locations in the U.S. This comes on the heels of closing some 800 locations in the U.S. last year. At the same time, plans are to open 1,000 new restaurants around the world. One wonders what this says about economics – or better yet – the purchasing power of folks here at home. Is it possible that competition coupled with stagnant wages is limiting the number of jobs and industry? Overall, Subway has approximately 44,000 locations in 112 countries according to its…

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Power to the Neighborhood – Literally

Positive Future #134 (Feature photo – Back-up Batteries – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Some citizens of Puerto Rico are just now getting their power on after the 2017 hurricane season of last year. The year 2017 and others have not been forgotten and are driving greater consciousness for the establishment of micro-grids. A micro grid is a neighborhood, city, apartment complex or other smaller power community that establishes its own power or back-up power plan. It is no secret that large providers of grid energy are the first to fail in any type of unusual event. It is neighborhood resources that count in times of emergency. The City of San…

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The Legal Battle – Atmosphere or Gas Guzzlers

Positive Future #133 (Feature photo – EPA Fuel Economy Stickers – Public Domain) The U.S. Presidential Administration announced last July it would cancel the legally mandated increase in fines to automakers for failing to meet mpg goals (CAFE Standards). The fines were set to rise from $55 to $140 per mpg per car sold. The State of New York sued the Federal Government and recently a federal appeals court sided with New York and allowed the increase to stand. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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What About the Salt (sodium) in Our Diets?

Touch the Soil News #1000 (Feature photo – Salt – CCA SA 4.0 International) Have you ever savored one of your favorite dishes at one of your favorite restaurants then realized it had too much salt? It happens every day and your taste buds are not lying to you when they say it’s too much. Phil Lempert highlights the need for greater awareness and action on salt and its role in hypertension and high blood pressure: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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When Farm & Grocery Store Merge

Touch the Soil News #999 (Feature photo – The Duchemin Brothers who merged their rooftop organic farm with their grocery store – photo courtesy of IGA Extra Famille Duchemin) A grocery store that grows the produce it sells on the roof of the store is a first for Canada. It came about when the IGA Extra Famille Duchemin grocery store was – as a part of a larger urban effort – required to install a green roof. Located in the Burrough of Ville Saint Laurent in Montreal, Canada, the urban farm is now making news. According to the Montreal Gazette, the owners of the grocery store decided to make an…

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What Special Financing Can Do

Positive Future #132 (Feature photo – Mumbai, a mega metro of 20 million people, will be where the high speed train will start – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) The big news is that India is about to commence construction of a high-speed train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad – 316 miles. The train will travel up to 217 MPH – more than twice the speed of India’s fastest train service. The cost of the project is around $60 million per mile. The hope is that this train – which will have 35 trains on the tract at one time (up to 70 trains on the track in the future) – is…

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Turn Those Ships Around

Touch the Soil News #998 (Feature photo – A Bulk Ship Carrier – public domain) American Farmers are feeling the first real-pains from the unfolding U.S. trade war with China. China, the world’s largest importer of grain, just slapped retaliatory fees on sorghum grain headed from the U.S. to China. According to UkrAgroConsult. There are 20 ships carrying 1.2 million tons of U.S. sorghum (valued at $216 million) on the water headed to China. Of those, five have already stopped and turned around due to the recent Chinese import fees. You can read the full report here: http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/us-sorghum-armada-u-turns-at-sea-after-chinese-tariffs The problem with trade wars over food commodities is that the poorest…

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Research for Growing Food in Space

Touch the Soil News #997 (Feature photo – EDEN ISS Indoor Farm in Antarctica – courtesy EDEN ISS) In the Antarctica – one of the coldest and most remote places on Earth – scientists are learning how to grow food without sunlight or soil. Called the EDEN ISS project, it looks like a shipping container with high-tech embellishments. The goal of this project is to test growing food on the ISS – International Space Station. Scientists at the shipping container greenhouse in Antarctica have been growing salad greens, cucumbers and radishes and are now working on fruits. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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New Ideas Just Keep Popping Up

Positive Future #131 (Feature photo – KYMCO Ionix Electric Scooter – Photo courtesy of KYMCO) Asia is a region of congested cities. As such, it is not surprising that compact and affordable personal transportation is evolving there more quickly than in the U.S. KYMCO, an electric scooter manufacturer from Taiwan has unveiled what it touts to be a breakthrough in personal electric transportation. Taiwan, a small crowded island nation is about 300 times smaller than the U.S, but with a population of 24 million people. KYMCO has not released pricing, but their promotional video below teases its functionality and features. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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