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Touching the Soil Down Under

Touch the Soil News #1282 (Feature photo – Permaculture – CCA SA 4.0 International) What we eat continues to be embattled with arguments for industrial food versus arguments of more direct and local production of food. This brings us to the story of Kat Lavers from Australia that show us how even a small space around one’s home can become a powerhouse of production. News portal RetroSuburbia brings us the full story here: https://retrosuburbia.com/case-studies/the-plummery/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Future of Food

Touch the Soil News #1281 (Feature photo – Food – Public Domain) With food spending in the U.S. reaching over $1.5 trillion a year, the food sector has become attractive for new investment and innovation that will change the future of food. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) takes a look at where new venture capital money is flowing and provides a picture of what might be coming. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Cash or No Cash

Positive Future #416 (Feature photo – Roll of Cash – Public Domain) The argument pops up frequently that we should be on a path to a cashless society. But cash in the last few years has taken on new respect to include things like protecting against identity theft and serving significant portions of the population that do not have bank accounts. A recent initiative in San Francisco looks to prohibit stores that don’t take cash. At the forefront is Amazon with its two new cashier-free stores it opened in San Francisco last year. Curbed news portal brings more of the story as San Francisco is looking at banning stores that…

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The Rise of Southern Hemisphere Nations

Positive Future #415 (Feature photo – Map illustrating the Global North and the Global South – Public Domain) Most of us are occupied with our own personal concerns – which is indeed important. However, one of the largest factors in the World’s future is how nations co-operate. It is true that in the past, the world was shaped by world wars and conflict. World wars and conflicts are often a net negative. As warring parties vie for the upper hand, the larger landscape of people, the natural environment and public infrastructure experience decline and decimation. Coming up on the horizon is what is called the South-South Cooperation. It is all…

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Nation’s Largest Private Real Estate Development – $25 Billion

Positive Future #414 (Feature photo – Hudson Yards – CCA SA 4.0 International) For most Americans, real estate development might mean a new subdivision or even putting a greenhouse into one’s landscape. But the nation’s most expensive real estate project is in Manhattan where a luxury apartment starts at $5,000 a month or a private condo at $30 million. So how do most of us relate to a mall where stores sell watches for $1,000? Called Hudson Yards, the projected opened to the public on March 15, 2019. The following video gives you some insights. What do you think? Is this development too exclusive and too expensive for most? If…

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Ships Unloading 1,000 Teslas at a Time

Positive Future #413 (Feature photo – Norwegian Coat of Arms – Public Domain) The small country of Norway has a population of 5.3 million people compared to the U.S. population of almost 328 million people. However, ships are arriving in Norway that are carrying over 1,000 Teslas (mostly Model 3s) at a time. Estimates are that over 100 Tesla Model 3s are being registered a day. InsideEVs journalist Mark Kane brings us more of the story: https://insideevs.com/tesla-model-3-deliveries-floods-norway-video/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Re-Discovering the Fruit Walls of 400 Years Ago

Touch the Soil News #1279 (Feature photo – Fruit Walls of Paris – Public Domain) Creating thick walls to encase fruit production allows heat to be absorbed during the day and releasing it at night. The fruit walls create a micro-climate that could increase the temperature within the walls by almost 18 degrees. This old-tech system was used hundreds of years ago to grow fruit in northern European climates. Bringing us the story of fruit walls today is Low-Tech Magazine as they take a deeper look at how civilization often zooms past its best developments. You can read the full story here: https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2015/12/fruit-walls-urban-farming.html Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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Seven (7) Year Warranty on an Electric Car?

Positive Future #412 (Feature photo – Kia E Soul – Courtesy Kia Motors) InsideEVs journalist Mark Kane covers the unveiling of the new Kia Electric Soul. The top Kia E Soul comes with a 64kWh battery – the same size as the first Teslas. With an anticipated range of 243 miles, the real kicker comes from getting a 7-year (100,000 mile) factory warranty. If you can’t afford gas prices, chances are you can’t afford breakdowns and expensive extended warranties. Will other car manufacturers be pressured into better warranties? You can read more here: https://insideevs.com/new-kia-soul-ev-best/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Meatless Monday

Touch the Soil News #1278 (Feature photo – Meatless Foods – Public Domain) The City of New York just announced that come September 2019, all 1.1 million students in the city’s public schools will have meatless Mondays. This means the students will eat vegetarian-style meals with emphasis on fruits and vegetables for breakfast and lunch. Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative that began in 2003. The history of eating meatless meals goes back to World War I when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for every Tuesday to be meatless. What do you think? You can read more of the story on Inhabitat here: https://inhabitat.com/meatless-mondays-are-coming-to-public-schools-in-new-york-city/ Want More? – Sign…

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