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Louise O. Fresco

Touch the Soil News #1021 (Feature photo – Aerial Drone – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Most of us have never heard of Louise O. Fresco. She recently made news when she challenged why the world still measures agricultural productivity in terms of land and not water use. One of the most accomplished researchers and scientists from the nation of the Netherlands, Louise challenges the future of food as we know it. Her biography and experience are so extensive, it compels attention. So why is what Louise says important today? She explains that the foundations of food have eroded in ways unanticipated in the past and we are unprepared for what’s…

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Campbell Soup Company CEO Suddenly Retires

Touch the Soil News #1020 (Feature photo – Campbell Soup Company Headquarters in Camden, New Jersey – GNU Free Doc License) When the top of a large corporation up and quits, there is generally more to the story. What happens to CEOs is often driven by stockholder expectations for more. If the CEO can’t deliver, they often get ousted or quit suddenly.. In the case of Denise Morrison – who was CEO of Campbell Soup Company for the last 7 years – she retired abruptly on May 18, 2018. Campbell’s Soup Sales have nudged downward from around $8.3 billion in 2014 to $7.9 billion in 2017. However, even though sales…

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3,000 Year Old Olive Tree Still Gives Olives

Touch the Soil News #1019 (Feature photo – 3,000 year old olive tree on the Island of Crete – David Hodgson via Flicker Commons) Sometimes nature surprises us in a positive way. This olive tree was alive and producing olives when Rome burned in AD64 and when Pompeii was buried under volcanic ash in AD79. It was alive at the birth of Christ. It is estimated that 20,000 people now visit the tree each year. You can read the full story here: http://www.openculture.com/2018/05/3000-year-old-olive-tree-on-the-island-of-crete-still-produces-olives-today.html Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Permaculture

Touch the Soil News #1018 (Feature photo – Food staples in India grown using permaculture practices – photo courtesy of Aranya Agricultural Alternatives) http://permacultureindia.org/ Permaculture (permanent agriculture) is not new, and has many proponents in the U.S. The U.S. is the world’s third most populated nation, behind China and India. Unfortunately for China, much of its soils have been compromised from overwork and toxins. India, on the other hand, which is still more rural and undeveloped as relates to chemical farming, still has a sensitivity-to-the-planet and people philosophy. Interesting is that the Indian media company Rajya Sabha TV – which provides coverage of the Parliament of India and other nation…

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Why Soybeans Matter Today

Touch the Soil News #1017 (Feature photo – A Variety of Soybeans – USDA) Soybeans are the foundation of the world’s meats. Soybeans are used to feed poultry, pork, beef, and fish. As the U.S. prepares for a trade war with China, China is taking aim at America’s heartland where soybeans make or break American Agriculture. China consumes 1/3 of the world’s soybeans – most of which is imported from the U.S. and Brazil. The U.S. and Brazil produce 80 percent of the world’s soybeans. In short, a trade war with China could destabilize global supplies of soybeans undermining food security for literally billions of people. In a destabilized soybean…

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Desalinated Water, Winter Wheat and Potatoes

Touch the Soil News #1016 (Feature photo – Carlsbad Desalination Plant – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The USDA reports that the U.S. winter wheat crop is one of the worst in history (due to drought) and cause for further economic pain as farmers face some of the lowest prices relative to input costs. The world is a long way from taking control of farming as the planet delivers uncertainty as populations continue their trajectory of expansion. Coastal cities in California are attempting to build more desalination plants as availability of water continues along an uncertain path. It costs $2,000 to $3,000 to desalinate one acre-foot of water – 348,000 gallons.…

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Playing Politics With Our Food

Touch the Soil News #1015 (Feature photo – Junk Food – Creative Commons Public Domain) One of the toughest problems in modern life is to navigate around foods that have terrible records when it comes to health and disease. Unfortunately, politics (often driven by interests whose finances favor a lack of information) are interfering with larger public efforts for health and less disease. Following is a short video by Phil Lempert that explains the problem: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Food That Takes Away Lives

Touch the Soil #1014 (Feature photo – Trans Fat Foods as Pictured by the Food and Drug Administration) The World Health Organization is working to eliminate trans fats from all food over the next five years. The reason is simple. Trans fats in baked and processed foods are responsible for the death of 540,000 people a year. Trans fats are unhealthy substances created when hydrogen is added to vegetable oil to make it solid. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Taste & Smell – Big Business

Touch the Soil #1013 (Feature photo – Foods – USDA) What we taste and smell is a large part of our living experience, but we don’t think of it as big business. So how can big business get in between the tastes and smells of real things? According to International Flavors & Fragrances website it is done through redesigning tastes and pursuing scientific breakthroughs into enriching sensorial experiences for all. In a recent press release by International Flavors & Fragrances (an American Company), the company has reached a deal to buy Israeli company Frutarom for $7.1 billion. Together these companies will merge to become a global leader in taste, scent…

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Aerial Drone Delivery of Fast Food

Touch the Soil News #1012 (Feature photo – Aerial Drone – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) UberEats is testing fast food delivery by drones in San Diego, California. The goal is to provide meal delivery in 5 to 30 minutes. UberEats, qualifies for the testing under a program established by the government that has approved 10 states and large companies like FedEX and Intel to test drone delivery. The momentum behind drone delivery seems to be gaining traction. Are Americans ok with federal approval of drones flying in airspace over their homes and farms for the profit of private corporations? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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