Demand for Food Drives Rainforest and Human Rights Calamities

Touch the Soil News #1323 (Feature photo – Palm Oil Plantations in Indonesia –USDA Public Domain) What shows up in our grocery stores is having an increasing negative effect on the world’s rainforests and indigenous peoples. The demand for food and the opportunity for profit are forces driving rainforest destruction and externalization of indigenous people.…

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Food Vending for Global Food Emergencies

Touch the Soil News #1321 (Feature photo – World Food Programme Jets Unloading Emergency Food – Public Domain) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us some insights into how the world is addressing food emergency crisis for dislocated populations. While the technology of emergency food vending machines is primarily for crisis situations, the technology may have much…

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The Rising Demand for Community Garden Plots

Touch the Soil News #1319 (Feature photo – Community Gardening – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) After decades of industrial farming, it is becoming more common knowledge that much of the food eaten has toxic residues and otherwise disrupted by excessive processing and preservatives. With a typical dinner plate having foods from thousands of miles away…

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Public Food on Public Land

Touch the Soil News #1317 (Feature photo – James Bay, Victoria, Canada – By Brandon Godfrey from Victoria B.C, Canada – Laurel Point Park in Victoria B.CUploaded by PDTillman, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8831705) Within the historic 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the right to food (access and affordability). While we all…

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Harvard University – Under Scrutiny for Human Rights Violations of Indigenous Peoples

Touch the Soil News #1316 (Feature photo – Sanders Theater Harvard University – CCA SA 4.0 International) Harvard University, the oldest college in the U.S., was established in 1636. In search of lucrative investments, the Harvard Management Corporation has been involved in farm real estate acquisitions at home and abroad. Issues surrounding Harvard’s land investments…

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