Worthy of Note

Touch the Soil News #1292 (Feature photo – Soybeans – Public Domain) The largest U.S. soybean customer is China. The trade wars constricted that trade to a point where U.S. soybean stockpiles began growing, prices declined and Midwest farm bankruptcies began rising. With recent trade tensions going down with China, soybean sales to China have…

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Working Towards A Real Future of Food

Touch the Soil News #1290 (Feature photo – The World’s Nations Supporting the FAO – By Alinor at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18346607) According to the latest report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the future of food is not a system prone to compromise eco-systems, food security, land,…

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Interested in Fish Farming?

Touch the Soil News #1289 (Feature photo – Tilapia – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) AgFunder News recently highlighted a new startup called BioFishency. BioFishency builds water treatment appliances that eliminate ammonia buildup and oxygenate the water. This substantially reduces the amount of water needed to farm fish. It improves the health of fish and potentially…

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Is Urban Food the Next Mega-Trend for the World’s Cities?

Touch the Soil News #1287 (Feature photo – Local Farmers – Public Domain) An interesting article showed up in the U.S. News and World Report about growing food in cities. It is one of the most in-depth articles about food security for cities ever to hit mainstream media. What makes cities important is that there…

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Farmland Grab in 2019

Touch the Soil News #1286 (Feature photo – Farmland Grabbing Injustices – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Wild news about foreign corporations having 999 year leases on farmland that may have been taken illegally to violence against former peasant owners are not going away. In fact, activism is growing with increased illumination of wrongdoing by local…

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City of Philadelphia – Stepping Up Urban Farming

Touch the Soil News #1284 (Feature photo – Seal of Philadelphia – Public Domain) The Inquirer of Philadelphia reports that the city is looking to get involved in finding land for people to farm. Philadelphia has 28,500 vacant lots within the city and 14,800 properties with vacant or abandoned buildings. Philadelphia with a population of…

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