North Korea – 10 Million People Face Imminent Food Shortages

Touch the Soil News #1365 (Feature photo – North Korean Farm Without Adequate Equipment – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license (Stephan) at Flickr and http://nk.subnetwork.org/) While the news on North Korea is generally about potential armed conflict and weapons, North Korea is facing a food crisis. While trying to wave military threats to the…

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Turning Unused Car Parking Lots into Urban Farms

Touch the Soil News #1362 (Feature photo – Biofilta Urban Farm – photo courtesy of Biofilta) Australian company Biofilta (https://www.biofilta.com.au/#/) is helping cities re-invent food in concrete jungles. Recently the company built an urban farm on top of a large parking garage in Melbourne, Australia. The South China Morning Post brings the story here: https://amp.scmp.com/lifestyle/interiors-living/article/3012990/how-urban-farms-could-solve-our-future-food-problems-and

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Want to Buy an Avocado Orchard in New Zealand?

Touch the Soil News #1361 (Feature photo – Avocados – By B.navez – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4877156) Global AgInvesting brings us news about the largest avocado orchard in New Zealand that is now up for sale. The Orchard has been redeveloped with new trees which will take several years to reach full production.…

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Food Shocks – Unnerving

Touch the Soil News #1360 (Feature photo – Flooded Farm – FEMA Public Domain) Civil Eats journalist Danielle Beurteaux covers the arena of food shocks – something we could also call food tremors. Most food shocks come in the form of weather or climate related extremes. In a world of 7.5 billion people, the slightest…

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10 Percent of People Live in Extreme Poverty – Mostly in Rural Areas

Touch the Soil News #1359 (Feature photo – Rural Poverty – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license – Michael Gabler) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations wants to focus international efforts at eradicating extreme rural poverty. Despite centuries of economic and financial development, modern systems are sufficiently limited in being able to…

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New York City Seeks to Use Vacant Lots for Urban Farming

Touch the Soil News #1358 (Feature photo – Urban Agriculture – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license – Arnoud Joris Maaswinkel) Curbed journalist Caroline Spivack brings us the story of New York’s city council seeking to develop every possible vacant lot owned by the city into some productive food garden. Part of the effort…

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The Great Green Wall – Largest Climate Change Initiative Ever

The Great Green Wall – Largest Climate Change Initiative Ever   Touch the Soil News #1357 (Feature photo – Northern Africa – Public Domian) With millions of people living on the edge of environmental austerity and drought, the continent of Africa is undertaking a massive initiative to plant trees and sustainable vegetation along thousands of…

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When Private Capital Owns Water – Is Price Gouging Inevitable?

Touch the Soil News #1356 (Feature photo – Irrigating Crops – Public Domain) Duxton Water in Australia is simply an investment fund that owns entitlements and allocations to 18.5 billion gallons of water each year. The investment fund says its “primary objective” is to “generate annual income through capitalizing on the increasing demand for scarce…

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