Farmers Suppling Restaurants – Taking Dramatic Steps to Regroup

Touch the Soil News #1645 (Feature Photo – Closed Restaurant – CCA SA 4.0 International) Agritecture News portal brings us an interesting story of three farmers woke up one day to lose almost all their restaurant customer base. Interestingly the three farms highlighted in the story all took dramatic action to adjust and survive. You…

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Global Supply Chain Kinks – Fueling Local Food Sourcing

Touch the Soil News #1644 (Feature Photo – CSA Food Basket – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings is the story of increasing interest in sourcing food locally. The upshot is that focus on food security – via sourcing foods more locally – may be here to stay. You can watch the video…

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Hunger – The Growing Signature of Economic Shutdowns

Touch the Soil News #1643 (Feature Photo – Nairobi, Kenya – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) RUAF International brings us news from Nairobi, Kenya – an African city of 4.3 million people whose food supply chains were compromised from virus economic shutdowns. Amid chaos, food gardening is looking more like the answer to a sustainable future.…

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Excessively Cheap Solar Power

Positive Future #772 (Feature photo – Solar Power Logo – CCO 1.) Universal Public Domain) According to U.S Energy Information Administration, the average cost of energy production (kwh) in the U.S. for 2018 ranged between 11 cents kwh for nuclear to down to 7 cents for Hydro=electric. CleanTechnica journalist Carlo Ombello brings us the story…

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Water Desalination Technology –A Foundation of Saving Lives

Positive Future #771 (Feature photo – Modern Desalination Plant – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, James Grellier) Estimates are that 1,000 children die each day from water-borne diseases – a cause of lack of access to clean and safe water. Access to water for agriculture, personal consumption and industry is a key driver of how the…

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How Did We Miss This News? – World’s Largest Greenhouse Complex

Touch the Soil News #1640 (Feature Photo – Greenhouses – CC BY 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=130422) CGTN News brought the story first a couple of years ago as a large Chinese company began to build out the world’s largest complex of food greenhouses. Built in the desert in Egypt, the project has now built 600 greenhouses with…

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Another Government Supports Community Gardens

Touch the Soil News #1639 (Feature Photo – Greenhouse – Community Garden – Courtesy of City Farmer News) The Newfoundland Provincial Government in Canada just allocated $100,000 to expand and enhance community gardens in the province. Last year the projected established 23 new community gardens and enhanced 78 others. Government intervention into local and urban…

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Philippines Urban Agriculture – A Global Model

Touch the Soil News #1638 (Feature Photo – The Island Nation of the Philippines – CCA SA 3.0 Unported, Addicted04) The Manila Bulletin brings us news of the dramatic spread of urban agriculture in the Philippines. In a nation of 100 million people, 12 million people now participate in the government’s urban agriculture program. This…

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