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Robots That Follow You in the Field

Touch the Soil News #1269 (Feature photo – The Augean Robotic Burro – courtesy of Augean Robotics) Farmers big and small can now employ the power of an autonomous burro that can follow them in the field, learn routes to carry produce and service in any other carrying capacity. You can learn more about this amazing service platform from the company here: http://www.augeanrobotics.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Food Not Lawns

Touch the Soil News #1268 (Feature photo – Backyard Urban Farm – By User:Vmenkov – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7633286) Estimates are that there are 63,000 square miles of lawn in the U.S. That equates to over 40 million acres of land. Bold Business recently posted a story about Fleet Farming in Florida. The non-profit seeks to establish mini-farms in peoples’ yards and other community spaces. Will the future of food be organized around community non-profits that seek a more sustainable ecological and social footprint? You can read the full story here: https://www.boldbusiness.com/infrastructure/fleet-farming-cities-bold-approach-urban-farming-future/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Insect Solution to Food Waste

Touch the Soil News #1267 (Feature photo – Common Cockroaches – USDA) Ever growing demand for natural resources is hitting a brick wall. When it comes to food waste, for example, the world can no longer just send it to the landfill. The massive amounts of nutrients in food waste can no longer be wasted. China, the world’s most populous nation is taking to cockroaches to eat the waste and then grind up the cockroaches for animal feed. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us more insight into how food waste is being stabilized: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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A Strange Triangle With Major Food Implications

Touch the Soil News #1266 (Feature photo – Rainforest Destruction by Large Agribusiness – Public Domain) The natural world is being disassembled in unsustainable ways as large agri-corportions – often with funding from the World Bank – decimate rainforests in often questionable deals with local governments. Recently the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the World Bank can no longer have immunity in the U.S. and can be subjected to lawsuits. By being able to hold the World Bank accountable for the environmental trespasses it finances, it closes yet another gap in a world struggling to keep from tearing itself apart environmentally. You can read more about the issues here: https://www.farmlandgrab.org/post/view/28771-supreme-court-rules-that-world-bank-group-can-be-sued-in-us-courts-in-historic-decision…

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A Floating Dairy Farm?

Touch the Soil News #1265 (Feature photo – Dairy Cow – USDA) Almost six (6) years in the making, Dutch company Beladon is planning to open the world’s first floating dairy farm that will host about 40 milking cows. While the business aspects are a little complicated, the floating dairy is a pilot that may be followed by other types of floating farms. You can read the full story here on AgFunder: https://agfundernews.com/dutch-cows-are-about-to-walk-on-water-heres-how.html Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Another Urban Food Perspective

Touch the Soil News #1264 (Feature photo – Urban Farming – CCA SA 4.0 International Arnoud Joris Maaswinkel) Recently the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) proclaimed that the future of food is not necessarily all in the hands of farms far away from the city. Any number of situations can arise that put a stop to food arriving. Civil Eats journalist Miguel Altieri from California takes another fresh look at the importance of food gardening and urban farming. You can read the full story here: https://civileats.com/2019/02/14/how-urban-agriculture-can-improve-food-security/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Is Autonomous Food Delivery That Good?

Touch the Soil News #1263 (Feature photo – Autonomous Delivery Vehicle – By Christopher Down – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=68144539) While significant amounts of venture capital are flowing into autonomous food delivery vehicles, would it make sense to understand how people react to them? Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) shares some new data about peoples’ experience with autonomous (people-less) food delivery. Interestingly, it’s not all that it is promoted to be. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Plant Food Species Are Disappearing

Touch the Soil News #1262 (Feature photo – Corn Has Replaced Many Other Food Crops in Our Diet – Public Domain) Humankind has cultivated more than 6,000 plant species for food. Today fewer than 200 food species make major contributions to food production. Only 9 food species account for 66 percent of total crop production. A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations reveals the concerning decline of genetic diversity of the foods we mostly eat. Industrial Agriculture which has embraced genetically modified seeds that have consolidated (materially collapsed) the genetics of most major crops. The question is what can be done. The growing…

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FDA Asked to Release CBD Oil Guidelines

  Touch the Soil News #1261 (Feature photo – Hemp Seeds for CBD Oil – By D-Kuru – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 at, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4999101) With Industrial Hemp now legal in the U.S., the enabling laws are unclear and individual states are stepping in to enforce their own interpretation of what is legal and illegal particularly as relates to CBD oil. To bring all the confusion to a halt, the U.S. Congress is demanding that the FDA release CBD oil guidelines. Hemp Magazine brings the inside story on the CBD dilemma: https://thehempmag.com/2019/02/congress-demands-fda-release-cbd-guidelines-citing-confusion/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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The Ugly Produce Movement

Touch the Soil News #1260 (Feature photo – Imperfect Food – GNU Free Doc License) Depending upon the source of the statistics, nearly 50 percent of all fresh fruits and produce become food waste before they are eaten. Out of this tragic reality, a movement to recapture foods from fields and other sources is working to get the ugly food on our dinner plates. Now, several years into the practice of saving ugly food, the practice may have some unintended side effects. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) takes us behind the scenes: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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