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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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Drones for Spraying Agricultural Chemicals

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Touch the Soil News #835 (Feature photo – courtesy of Homeland Surveillance Electronics) Agricultural drones are not necessarily new, but their abilities to do varying tasks are growing exponentially. Drones can do aerial imaging to determine irrigation and plant health and even spraying farm chemicals. The immediate financial benefits to cut labor and use drones is driving ever larger drones that can now carry 30 kg (70 pound) payloads of farm chemicals. Electric drones can have up to 45 minutes of flight time while fuel-based drones can have up to 3 hours of flight time. Arguments for the use of agricultural drones include that they can more accurately spray agricultural…

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Glyphosate (main ingredient in RoundUp weedkiller) found in Ice Cream

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Touch the Soil News #834 (Feature photo – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) We can discuss all day about GMO foods and take positions as well. However, when it comes to finding glyphosate (main ingredient in Roundup) in one’s ice cream – well that’s something else. The Organic Consumers Association has been leading the drive to have foods tested for the presence of glyphosate. As we’ve discussed in earlier news pieces, the rage is on that glyphosate is a potential human carcinogen as announced by the World Health Association two years ago. Earlier this summer, tests sponsored by the Organic Consumers Association found glyphosate in 11 of 12 samples of Ben…

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Is There a Relationship Between Population Growth and Hunger?

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Touch the Soil News #833 (Feature photo – NASA Earth Photo) Over the past few months, global food experts have been unnerved by the increase in the number of starving/undernourished people. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome recently reported that from 2015 to 2016 an additional 38 million people were added to the ranks of the starving. This brings the total number of starving from 777 million in 2015 to 815 million at the end of 2016. What will 2017 bring? In the midst of the news about rising hunger, Africa has emerged at the focal point. Over the past 25 years, the number of…

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Zume Pizza – Federal Reserve Take Note

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Touch the Soil News #832 (Feature photo courtesy of Zume Pizza free press photos) There is little question that the Federal Reserve Bank (FED) is charged with monetary policy goals that maximize jobs. But what is the Fed to do when robots eliminate jobs faster than jobs being created. Enter Zume Pizza. This company uses an array of robots (plus a few people) to make pizza. The company uses a delivery van with 56 GPS equipped ovens on board. The ovens are managed to bake the pizzas shortly before delivery. Zume Pizza has obtained a patent on the cooking of food during delivery, which includes predictive algorithms to anticipate customer…

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San Francisco Upstages the USDA, the FDA and Congress

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Touch the Soil News #831 (Feature photo – New to this Era of Americanism, when it comes to food issues (and other issues), is the upstaging by cities, counties and states of the federal institutions that historically have been the power brokers over our food. Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that requires large food retailers to disclose details about antibiotic use in the meats they sell. The new city ordinance – which was unanimously passed by the Board of Supervisors – will become law later this month. It is no surprise that industrial agricultural interests are in opposition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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When the Focus is on Food

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Touch the Soil News #830 (Feature photo – Netherlands, the Greenhouse Capital of the World – Hanno Lans CCA 2.0 Generic) In 2000, the nation of Netherlands (called the Dutch) made a national commitment to sustainable agriculture. The national rallying cry was “twice as much food using half as many resources. Being in a Northern climate, the Dutch have adopted the use of greenhouses, which has made them global leaders in this technology. The Netherlands is the largest exporter of food after the United States by dollar value. Through innovations and technology, the Dutch have dramatically reduced the use of water – in some cases by as much as 90…

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Food Security Index

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Touch the Soil News #828 (Feature photo – Coast Guard crew members help on a food drive) The Dupont Company – through research and investigation – publishes a global food security index on 113 different countries. You’ll be glad to know that for 2017, the United States is number two from the top with a score of 84.6 out of a potential of 100. The number one spot goes to Ireland with a score 85.6. This makes one ponder. Why then are there almost 50 million people food insecure in the U.S.? Were it not for a number of factors – including the presence of the world’s most advanced food…

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It’s a Porker

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Touch the Soil News #827 (Feature photo – J.D. Bunod – public domain) This year, 2017, Americas some 60,000 pig farmers have been operating under a new antibiotics use law. The new law does not allow pork producers to administer antibiotics that are medically important to humans of their own volition. Instead, the administration of medically important antibiotics to pigs can now only be done with the supervision an approval of a veterinarian. This does, however, not solve the larger public preference of moving to meat totally absent from antibiotic use. Called The FDA Guidance 209 and 213, it seems that pig farmers have adjusted to having more veterinarian oversight…

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The UGH Factor in Food Processing & Manufacturing

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Touch the Soil News #826 (Feature photo courtesy of FDA) One’s imagination can take over when contemplating things that can go wrong in the tens of thousands of food processing and manufacturing facilities around the nation. Following up on that path of thinking, the Office of Inspector General – from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – took up an investigation. The investigation was over how the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) handled significant food violations when discovered while doing an inspection. One wonders, what might slip through the cracks and not discovered at all. The Office of Inspector General just released a 39 page report on what…

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