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Eating at the World’s Largest Factory

Positive Future #284 (Feature photo –Tesla Gigafactory #1 – CCA SA 4.0 International – courtesy of Planet Labs, Inc. – https://www.planet.com/gallery/tesla-gigafactory-20170808/ (direct link), CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62291697) The factory is big and already has 7,000 employees on site. In a couple of years when it is all finished, it will be the largest building in the world with 2 million square feet. So how do people in a remote area outside of Reno have lunch? The factory has a 19,000 square foot cafeteria. Access to food is also augmented by 20 food trucks from outside vendors. Journalist Steve Hanley with CleanTechnica news takes a closer look at how the food…

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Big Bank – Called on Carpet for Agricultural Loan

Touch the Soil News #1149 (Feature photo – ANZ Bank Headquarters in Australia – Public Domain) ANZ Bank (Australia New Zealand Bank) is a large global bank with operations not only in Australia, but 32 other nations. With roughly 640 billion in assets and 44 thousand full-time equivalent employees, the bank has been identified and criticized for making a $40 million loan to Phnom Penh Sugar in Cambodia back in 2011. Many media sources have criticized the action over the years and the bank has finally been investigated and criticized. The Australian government has called out ANZ bank for financing an enterprise (Phnom Penh Sugar) that is known to illegally…

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Food and the Internet of Things

Touch the Soil News #1148 (Feature photo The Internet of Things – Wilgengebroed on Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/wilgengebroed/8249565455/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32745541 ) The internet of things has penetrated deeply into our lives. However, the incentives to deepen the scope of the internet of things costs money. Putting up the money to develop the internet of things is mostly done by money that expects more money back. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) reports that we must use caution when it comes to food convenience and how food is placed in front of us: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Restoring 5 Billion Acres of Degraded Land

Positive Future #283 (Feature photo – Land Restoration with Trees – Public Domain) For big problems, there needs to be big ideas. The Land Life Company – headquartered in Amsterdam, Holland is developing planting technology, autonomous planting, remote sensing and blockchain verification of results. The goal is to restore over 2 billion hectares (5 billion acres) of degraded land and enable that land to return to its original roles of sustaining the planet, the atmosphere and many other regenerative tasks. Now, investment dollars are beginning to flow into this innovative approach to restoring the true economic base of the world – the natural ecosystems. You can read the full story…

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Thinking About the Home Front – And Our Food Gardens

Positive Future #282 (Feature photo – Hurricane Flooding in Texas in 2017 – public domain) The news organization called Curbed, recently posted an interesting article about homes at risk in the coastal regions in general – and Florida in specifics. The author – Patrick Sisson – lists the coastal cities in Florida most at risk from coastal storms and rising sea levels. This is a good thing, because the nation cannot continue without giving a lot more thought as to where we build and how we build. Not mentioned in the article are other climate risks that have been impacting the rest of the nation to include: Fires in the…

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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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