Are Seeds Finally Getting Their Day of Appreciation?

Touch the Soil News #1608 (Feature Photo – Fruit and Vegetable Seeds – CCA 4.0 International) Modern Farmer journalist Alex Robinson brings us a very interesting story – how the demand for vegetable seeds has skyrocketed this spring. The good news is that seed producers are finally getting an economic message of their importance, which…

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$100 Million to Bring Food Production to the Desert

Touch the Soil News #1607 (Feature Photo – Pure Harvest Smart Farm – Courtesy of Pure Harvest Smart Farms and WAFRA International Investment Company) Global uncertainty brings people to the root of civilization – growing food. The recent investment by WAFRA International Investment company of $100 million into Pure Harvest Smart Farms brings the trend…

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Moving Up the Importance of Food

Touch the Soil News #1606 (Feature Photo – Aerial Photo of Victoria, BC – By Ron Reiring – Victoria, BC Canada, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5830773 The Huffington Post brings us interesting news of how one Canadian city – Victoria, B.C. – is gearing up to raise food for residents. Some parks department employees are being…

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Do Reactions to Covid 19 Pose Existential Threats to Food?

Touch the Soil News #1605 (Feature Photo – Director Generals of WHO, FAO & WTO – By M. Jacobson – Gonzalez – ITU Pictures from Geneva, Switzerland – https://www.flickr.com/photos/itupictures/36433272494, CC BY 2.0, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic,By The White House from Washington, DC – President Trump at Davos, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86339937https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=65393569   While shutting the…

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Environmental Impact of Foods?

Touch the Soil News #1604 (Feature Photo – Apple – By Jonathunder – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11808709) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us the most impacting story of which foods have the greatest environmental impact. One of the lowest is apples. Can you guess the highest? You can see the video here:

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Empty Grocery Shelves – Growing Interest in Home Gardening (Must Read and See)

Touch the Soil News #1603 (Feature Photo – A Community Garden – By Art Anderson, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54523644) The Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation brings news of how the shock of empty grocery shelves is getting people to start thinking outside grocery stores. While interest in growing food may be due to a temporary virus…

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The Convergence of Micro Power Grids and Indoor Vertical Farms

Touch the Soil News #1602 (Feature Photo – A Micro Grid – By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District – Ribbon cutting for new solar microgrid at Fort Hunter Liggett, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52215098) GreenBiz journalist Sarah Golden brings us the story of microgrids and indoor agriculture. Microgrids are just that – smaller electricity generating…

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Algae as A Cash Crop?

Touch the Soil News #1601 (Feature Photo – Kelp – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Bjorn Christian Terrissen) GreenBiz journalist Lauren Phipps brings news about new uses for algae – which in her definition includes things like seaweeds, kelp and other photosynthetic species. There new value comes in the form of creating materials such as bioplastics…

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2020 Culinary Forecast

Touch the Soil News #1599 (Feature Photo – Plant-Based Foods – By Keith Weller, USDA ARS – This image was released by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID K3839-3 (next)., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25115238 Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/ ) tells us about the 2020 Culinary Forecast…

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