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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Re-Thinking Apartment Living

Touch the Soil News #1749  (Feature Photo – Rabbit’s Garden – Courtesy of Rabbit’s Garden)    Staten Island Urby apartments have an unusual feature – and on-site urban farm. While the apartments are pricey – studio apartments as high as $2,677 per month – being next to nature and food is a valuable benefit. Brightvibes…

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