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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Local Food Security – A Significant Boost to the Future

Touch the Soil News #1754  (Feature Photo – Michigan Urban Farming Initiative Logo – CCA SA 4.0 International)    It doesn’t take much contemplation, to realize modern civilization is 90 percent reliant on artificial life support systems – pumped water distribution, electricity, transportation, waste removal and the list can go on. One of the largest…

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Pension Fund Manages Over 2 Million Acres of Farmland

Where do five million U.S. college faculty and staff put their retirement savings? With the TIAA, otherwise known as Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America-College Retirement Equities Fund. The TIAA manages over $1.3 trillion in assets which includes 2 million acres of farmland. The TIAA is the world’s largest farmland manager. The problem is…

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Manila, Philippines – Turning A City Into A Big Community Garden

Touch the Soil News #1753  (Feature Photo – Manila – CCA SA 4.0 International, John Cornett)    The Manila Bulletin reports efforts underway to accelerate the proliferation of urban food in Manila, a city in the heart of a metro area of almost 20 million people. The reason for the increasing attention to local and…

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Growing Focus on Urban Soil

Touch the Soil News #1751  (Feature Photo – Urban Food – CCA SA 2.0 Generic)    With food security consciousness on the rise, attention to soils in the cities is the new environmental focus. You can read the full story here: https://environmentjournal.online/articles/urban-soil-is-often-overlooked-as-a-resource/

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