RabobBank – Global Instability in Pork and Meat Prices

Touch the Soil News #1448 (Feature photo – Rabobank Headquarters in the Netherlands – By Michielverbeek – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=454214944.0 FoodMarket News brings us the latest report from Rabobank – one of the world’s largest agricultural banks about the growing destabilization in meat prices caused by the African Swine Fever. Rabobank estimates…

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Making the Nation’s Capital A Better Place

Touch the Soil News #1447 (Feature photo – The Great Seal of the District of Columbia – Public Domain) Civil Eats brings us the inspiring story of Gail Taylor and Three Part Harmony Farm (http://threepartharmonyfarm.org/). A multifaceted farm in the nation’s Capitol that seeks to promote urban agriculture, food security and responsible farming. You can…

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Does Your Soil Have Lead Toxins?

Touch the Soil News #1446 (Feature photo – Lead Pollution – Public Domain) The Gotham Gazette brings us the story of risks to urban farming from lead in the soil. Should you test your soils and take abatement action? You can read the full story here: https://www.gothamgazette.com/open-government/130-opinion/8810-soil-scientists-advice-to-urban-gardeners-test-for-lead

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Food Waste – The Global Failure

Touch the Soil News #1443 (Feature photo – Food Waste – By OpenIDUser2 – http://trashwiki.org/en/File:Luxembourg_dumpster.jpeg, GFDL, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26747239) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us a report on the scope and impact of food waste. About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste, which means all the inputs of land, water, pesticides, fertilizer and…

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The New AI, Robotics and Data Analysis Farmers

Touch the Soil News #1442 (Feature photo – Indoor Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – Bryght Knyght) A newer company in Pittsburg called Fifth Season (https://www.fifthseasonfresh.com/#our-story) made news recently as it just got $35 million in funding to build a 60,000 square foot vertical farm. Being solar powered, the new facility will produce over…

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