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Washington D.C. People – Not Federal Government – Create Urban Agriculture Office

Touch the Soil News #1354 (Feature photo – Washington D.C. Seal – Public Domain) The municipality of Washington D.C. to create an Urban Agriculture Office that is charged with an Urban Farming Land Lease Program. This places Washington D.C. among the ranks of a number of other cities create Urban Agriculture Departments and programs to…

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New York to Build Seawall – Humanity Takes Historic Step into the Unknown

Positive Future #490 (Feature photo – Seawall – Public Domian) Most damaged by Hurricane Sandy is Staten Island in New York. Recently $615 million in funding has been approved to build a 5 mile seawall along the Staten Island shoreline. The seawall will be built the U.S. Corps of Engineer. Groundbreaking is set for 2020…

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Plastic – The Uninvited Food and Beverage

Positive Future #489 (Feature photo – Plastic Water Bottle – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. – Feralbt) Inhabitat Journalist Lucienne Cross brings the story of how many microplastic particles we eat, drink and breath in each year. The number of microplastic particles we take in can range between 74,000 and 121,000 particles a…

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The Internet Ate My Brain

Positive Future #488 (Feature photo – Scan of The Human Brain – CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69748) CleanTechnica journalist Steve Hanley has come forward to contribute to the emerging debate on what happens to our brains, personalities and friends when we immerse much of our waking lives in cyberspace. Hanley is certainly not the first and…

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Concerns over Foreign Control/Ownership of U.S. Farmland

Touch the Soil News #1352 (Feature photo – City Beet Farm – courtesy of City Beet Farm) Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting Jonathan Hettinger reports on foreign-owned/controlled farmland in the United States. While the information is dated back to 2016 – the most recent available from federal records, foreigners own or control an amount of…

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Affordable Housing and Food Security – Working Together

Positive Future #487 (Feature photo – Inside Grocery Store on Wheels – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license – Zache) In a world seeking to serve exclusive high ends, what about a world seeking to serve those on the edge of being excluded? Affordable Housing Finance Magazine…

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Will Homelessness Change Economic Models?

Positive Future #485 (Feature photo – Homelessness in Oakland, California – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license – Grendelkhan) (This is a short editorial by Benjamin Gisin) Recently in a trip to the Bay Area, we passed numerous tent cities of homeless people huddled in between the vegetation along freeways. A friend who just…

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