Many People in Moscow and St Petersburg Grow Part of Their Food.

Touch the Soil News #1598 (Feature photo – Moscow – By A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=41219897) Plentiful Lands journalist Naomi Bosch brings us the story of two Russian mega-cities. Moscow with a population of 12.5 million people and St. Petersburg with a population of 5.3 million people have in times past…

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Indoor Vertical Farming Success Story

Touch the Soil News #1597 (Feature photo – CityFarm Malaysia – from left) Niew Ley Koon, Looi Choon Beng, Koay, Low Cheng Yang and (centre) Chew Jo Han. Photos: CityFarm Malaysia) TheStar news portal brings us news about four engineers that have launched a successful vertical farming enterprise called CityFarm Malaysia. The company sets up…

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How Important is Land for Food and Health?

Touch the Soil News #1596 (Feature photo – Allotment Garden – By Pierre Mazzacano D’Amato – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16527044 The Richmond and Twickenham Times of London reports on the waiting lists for access to an allotment garden to raise food. For perspective, there are over 90,000 people on waiting lists for an…

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U.S. Microbe Food Company – Backed by Gates and Gore

Touch the Soil News #1594 (Feature photo – Micro-Organisms in Yellowstone Hot Pool, Public Domain, National Park Service) While the virus news dominates the media, we can’t forget that the world outside the media is still going on. As plant-based and cellular-based meat alternatives have entered the mainstream, another kind of food is in the…

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Veganuary?

Touch the Soil News #1593 (Feature photo – Vegan Meal – By Vegan Feast Catering – Buffalo Seitan Pizza, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35602835) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us the story of the spread of veganism in the United Kingdom. Veganism abstains from the use of animal products and rejects the commodity status of animals. You…

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Small Farming for Over 300 Years in the City of Tokyo

Touch the Soil News #1592 (Feature photo – Tokyo Urban Farms, CCA 3.0 Generic, Douglas Paul Perkins) Japan Times journalist Chara Terzuolo brings us the story of an organic urban farm that has been in the family for over 30 years. Located in Tokyo, Japan, this modest garden of approximately 1.25 acres is already producing…

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Still Believing in A Future

Touch the Soil News #1591 (Feature photo – Harlem Grown, courtesy of http://www.harlemgrown.org/) The Earth Institute journalist Lydia Wood-Hull brings us the story of Harlem Grown. It is a story of inspiration in helping underprivileged children gain a foothold in our competitive world. Ninety percent of the children that work on the farm live below…

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When it Comes to Food, Should You Be a Flexitarian?

Touch the Soil News #1589 (Feature photo – Vegan Plate, By Lablascovegmenu from London – Creamy roasted sprouts and pasta, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35764291) Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/)  brings us more on the story on being vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian. You can see the full story here:

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