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Water Your Plants but Don’t Touch Them

Touch the Soil News #1217 (Feature photo – Watering Plants – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) La Trobe University in Australia has just come up with some revealing research – plants don’t like to be touched. And it’s not just human touch that plants don’t like. They don’t like to be touched by animals, insects or even other plants in the wind. When touched, plants respond with a major genetic defense mechanism that drains their energy and reduces crop yields. You can read a summary from La Trobe University here: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2018/release/plants-dont-like-touch,-new-study-finds Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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A Rising Food Tremor

Touch the Soil News #1216 (Feature photo – Sow and Piglet – USDA) Most dinner plates will have items from foreign countries on it. That said, the world’s food system is well interconnected. It also means that a food tremor overseas can have ramifications here at home. China, the world’s largest pork producer, has had over 100 different incidents of African Swine Fever in the last half of 2018. There is no cure for the disease that rapidly leads to the death of the pigs infected. Laws are such that if the disease is found in one pig, all pigs at the farm must be culled (destroyed). Recently, a larger…

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The Rise of an Agrihood

Touch the Soil News #1215 (Feature photo – Michigan Urban Farming Initiative – courtesy of the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative) The Food Revolution Network provided current information on the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative. This community farming venture is there to serve the 2,000 households within a 2 square mile area around the farm. There are about 200 agrihoods in the U.S. where local food and growing food is a central theme of the community. The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is the first sustainable urban agrihood in the U.S. You can read the full story here: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/food-politics/first-sustainable-urban-agrihood/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Now That Industrial Hemp is Legal

Touch the Soil News #1214 (Feature photo – Hemp Seed – D Kuru Wikipedia Commons CCA SA 3.0 Austria) Hemp Magazine explores recent reactions to the legalization of Industrial Hemp. So far things are positive as everyone from hemp clothing retailers to CBD oil purveyors are looking forward to greater visibility and better economics for them and the farmers that grow hemp. You can read the full story here: https://thehempmag.com/2018/12/the-industry-reacts-to-hemp-legalization/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Beyond Meat Partners With Carl’s Jr.

Touch the Soil News #1213 (Feature photo – Carl’s Jr Restaurant – By Jonesdr77 at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69899736) Plant based meats are not new, but their adoption in mainstream restaurants still has a ways to go. However, Beyond Meat, a California company, just announced it was partnering with Carl’s Jr. Beyond Meat’s plant-based burger will be charbroiled at over 1,000 Carl’s Jr. locations starting January 2, 2019. To be called the Beyond Famous Star sandwich will be priced at $6.29. The following video clip is from someone who prefers beef. What do you think? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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When Nations Can’t Grow Their Own Food

Touch the Soil News #1211 (Feature photo – Fires in Rainforests to Clear the Land – NASA image) The urbanization of first-world nations has essentially paved over much of the world’s best farmlands. But what happens to the food production off of millions of acres of destroyed farmland? There are two big things that happen: 1) Large multinational corporations move into third-world nations and acquire farmland often by dispossessing indigenous people. 2) Lack of transparency as critical forest ecosystems are slashed and burned for corn, soybeans, palm oil and livestock farming. Farmland Grab gives us a snapshot of what is happening: https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/28638-foreign-farmland-investors-in-brazil-linked-to-423-000-hectares-of-deforestation Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals…

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Gardening – The Hobby That Helps You Live to 100

Touch the Soil News #1210 (Feature photo – a Gardener back in 1607 – Public Domain) The five places around the world where people live the longest have certain factors in common. They have social support networks, daily exercise habits and plant-based diets. However there is one more common denominator – people in these long-living communities are gardening well into old age. BBC News brings us the inside on this novel insight. You can read the full story here: http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20181210-gardening-could-be-the-hobby-that-helps-you-live-to-100 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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New York City Joins Others to Reduce Sugar in Food and Drinks

Touch the Soil News #1209 (Feature photo – The Great Seal of New York City – Own work based on: – Seal and Flag of the City of New York, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York: The Knickerbocker Press 1915., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42766188 ) New York City wants to be at the forefront of a healthy place to live – and so do many other communities and cities. Phil Lempert ( https://www.supermarketguru.com/ ) provides the latest insights into a movement that may continue to escalate and New York City Health Department joins with 100 other health departments to limit sugar in processed foods. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign…

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An Aging Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #1208 (Feature photo – Cheeseburger in Paradise – Public Domain) The North Jersey News just reported that the once thriving 18-restaurant chain called Cheeseburger in Paradise is down to its last location in Seacaucus, New Jersey – a small town of about 20,000 Sit down restaurants have been under pressure from declining traffic counts. Part of the problem is the economy in general and purchasing power of households in specifics. Many folks that eat out now opt for less expensive options. You can read the full story here: https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/food/2018/12/23/secaucus-cheeseburger-paradise-last-once-thriving-chain/1730474002/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Does Eating Organics Lessen the Risk of Cancer?

Touch the Soil News #1207 (Feature photo – National Organic Program – USDA) Phil Lempert ( https://www.supermarketguru.com/ ) looks at a recent study to find that organics do reduce the likelihood of cancer. However, more studies may be needed to see if organic food consumption correctly calculates reduced exposure to pesticide residue. One must ask: How many toxic chemicals are we exposed to in city life from Roundup on landscapes to chemical lawn fertilizers? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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