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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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Good Food is on the Way

Touch the Soil News #1147 (Feature photo Sustainable Food Chain – USDA) The good food purchasing program was developed by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council in 2012. Shortly thereafter, the program was adopted by the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Now, around 750,000 meals a day are served the city and the schools. Meals that are being sourced and managed in a way that changes the food system to include: Valuing the workforce Nutrition Animal Welfare Environmental Sustainability Local Economies You can read the full story here: http://goodfoodla.org/policymaking/good-food-procurement/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Governments of 3.3 billion people – Gas Cars to go Away

Positive Future #281 (Feature photo – Diesel Pick-up Truck – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Following is a list of nations which have made public their goal to phase out internal combustion engine cars: Austria Britain China Costa Rica Denmark France Germany India Ireland Israel Japan Netherlands Norway Portugal Scotland South Korea Spain Taiwan   According to a report from the Center for Climate Protection, these countries represent 3.3 billion people or 43 percent of the world’s population. It is not just nations that are setting targets to ban internal combustion engine cars, but many major cities as well. You can download the report: A Survey on Global Activity to Phase…

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Is Lab-Grown Meat actually Meat?

Positive Future #280 (Feature photo – First cell-cultured meat in 2013 – CCA 3.0 Unported) The nation’s ranchers have been arguing that you cannot call lab-grown meat as meat. But what do you call it. Lab scientists and ranchers were headed for an all-out legal battle over what can be called meat. In a letter of conciliation, the proponents of lab meat and the ranchers sent a letter to the White house saying that the USDA and FDA should regulate on what they agreed should be called cell-bases meat and poultry. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Denmark to Ban New Petrol and Diesel Car Sales in 12 years

Positive Future #279 (Feature photo – Lars Lokke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark – CCA 4.0 International) Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen of Denmark, a modest European nation of 5.8 million people, announced that all sales of new fossil-fuel-powered cars will cease in 2030. The nation plans to have 1 million electric and hybrid cars on the road by then. Electric Vehicles Research reports on the announcement and further adds that hybrids will be phased out by 2035. You can read the full story here. https://www.electricvehiclesresearch.com/articles/15558/denmark-to-ban-petrol-and-diesel-car-sales-by-2030 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Sikkim, India – First State in the World to be 100% Organic

Touch the Soil News #1146 (Feature photo – Sikkim, India logo – Public Domain) On the other side of the world is the State of Sikkim, India. Home to a modest population of 658,000 people, Sikkim is the first state in the world whose food and farming is 100% organic. It was no small feat that over 65,000 small farmers are now all organic. The nation’s schools are also home to organic gardens. The state as recently been recognized globally for its organic milestone.

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Agroecology Vision for the Future of Food

Touch the Soil News #1145 (Feature photo – Sustainably Raised Produce – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, just received a prestigious Silver Award from the World Future Council as relates to food and social justice. Quito is a city of 2.7 million people, many of which live very modestly. The city has organized local people and aided in the development of 3,600 urban gardens to grow food and educate people on growing food. The formal name of the project is AGRUPAR, which was developed on the basis of a broad, largely women-led community input. The city of Quito, was just one of several…

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World’s Largest Wholesale Food Market

Touch the Soil News #1144 (Feature photo – The Meat Section of the Rungis Wholesale Market – CCA 2.0 Generic) We often report on the non-profit (public) influence in the food chain. It is surprising, however, that the property on which the world’s largest wholesale food market is located is owned by the French people through their government. At 1:00 a.m. in the morning, some 13,000 working people converge to assist in the display, sales and loading for transport some 10 billion pounds of food and horticulture products. Over 26,000 vehicles enter the 573 acre facility to load and deliver the mostly-food cargoes. Called the Rungis International market, it is…

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Spirituality and Farming = Better Outcome

Positive Future #278 (Feature photo – The Statue of Shiva – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Do we share a “sixth sense” with plants? Agritecture recently featured an article on how spirituality can improve your farming. Written by Meera Watts (a yoga teacher) being in tune with yourself and your plants can reap benefits for both (https://www.linkedin.com/in/meerawatts/) According to Meera, growth patterns have been shown to be affected amongst chaos or a harsh environment. When plants are neglected, they have less of a will to grow. Some might even say they exhibit a similar will to us when it comes to growing in a hostile environment. You can read the full…

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The Farm On Ogden – New Frontiers In Sustainable Farming

Touch the Soil News #1143 (Feature photo – Chicago Botanic Gardens – Public Domain) While it is hard to imagine any agricultural venture competing with industrial agriculture, one should not – in the long run – underestimate the power of non-profit food enterprises. Called the Farm on Ogden, this new approach and new facility brings much larger participation and focus than non-profit food enterprises of the past. In addition to food production, the venture equally focuses on health, food preparation, local and jobs. It is no surprise that this is not a Wall-Street venture. The venture is a collaboration of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Lawndale Christian Health Center.…

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