Betting Hundreds of Millions of Dollars on Controlled Environment Agriculture

Positive Future #881 (Feature photo – Lettuce Greens – CCA 2.0, Karen & Brad Emerson) Bowery Farming is a New York based Company. It grows lettuce in large indoor vertical farms. The company recently made news as it attracted $300 million in new venture capital funding, which company officials claim is the largest in history…

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Touching the Soil, to Bring Beauty – Also an Essential

Touch the Soil News #1766 (Feature – Tulip Bouquet  – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication) The news publication “Edible Vancouver & Wine Country, posted an interesting story a while back called A Boom for Blossoms. While the primary function of plants is to grow food and fiber, the story focuses on how beautiful flowers…

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Global Food Price Escalation Continues

  Touch the Soil News #1764 (Feature Photo – Food Price Graph – Kelp4Less)    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is division of the United Nations. Among a variety of duties, the FAO maintains the international Food Price Index. By following price increases in the categories of meat, dairy, cereal grains, vegetable oils and…

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Farm on a City Rooftop with a Store Below

Touch the Soil News #1762 (Feature Photo – Brian McCarthy’s Farm Store – photo courtesy of Brian McCarthy’s store Instagram)    In Cork, Ireland, a city of some 215,000 people, the instability of the world’s supply chains inspired a rooftop farm. The success of the farm, precipitated the opening of a store below to sell…

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NASA – Jumps on the Bandwagon to Feed the World

Positive Future #879 (Feature photo – NASA Farming Tests – Courtesy of NASA) The United Nations projects that earth will have to feed another 2.3 billion people by 2050. That’s roughly 80 million more people each year for the next 29 years – roughly 220,000 more people each day. Currently the world’s population stands at…

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AeroFarms – A Different Focus on Agriculture

The Washington Post recently carried a story on AeroFarms, a company that may soon go public. Aerofarms uses no soil, as plants stacked in metal trays have their toots dangling in mid-air. You can read the full story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/how-30-a-pound-micro-broccoli-will-help-feed-the-world/2021/10/02/cd883cf4-2380-11ec-a8d9-0827a2a4b915_story.html

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Local Indoor Agriculture – Playing with the Big Companies

Touch the Soil News #1757  (Feature Photo – Greenhouse Farming – CCA SA 30 Unported)    Global AgInvesting News, brings the story of Montana agricultural company called Local Bounti, launched in 2018. The story is about how Cargill, one of the world’s largest agriculture companies is investing another $200 million into Local Bounti, on top…

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