Locusts – An Agricultural and Food Security Threat Underway

Touch the Soil News #1540 (Feature photo – Locust Swarms – By CSIRO, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35486123) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is warning over the risks of crop devastations by locusts. Locusts pose a threat to 20 percent of the Earths land surface and 65 of the world’s poorest countries.…

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Rhode Island – Takes the Big Step to 100% Renewable Energy

Positive Future #675 (Feature photo – Flag of Rhode Island – public domain) CleanTechnica journalist brings us the story of Rhode Island’s commitment to 100 percent renewables by 2020. The state’s governor – Gina Raimondo – issued the order to research and create actions plans to get it accomplished in the next 10 years. You…

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Food Prices – Unstable

Touch the Soil News #1539 (Feature photo – Fresh Vegetables – Public Domain, Leon Brooks) The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) has given comments on why world food prices continue to rise. Underlying drivers include the use of cropland for biofuels and the ever-growing demand for vegetable oils. The largest driver…

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How Do You Feel About Foreign Ownership of U.S. Farmland?

Touch the Soil News #1538 (Feature photo – Fresh Vegetables – Public Domain, Leon Brooks) The Missourian News brings us opinions of foreign ownership of U.S. farmland. In Addition, the state of Missouri is looking at legislation that would prohibit foreign ownership of farmland within the state. At present, there are no federal prohibitions. You…

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Rolls Royce – With UK Government Help – Building World’s Fastest Electric Plane

Positive Future #659 (Feature photo – Flag of the United Kingdom – Public Domain ) Inhabitat News journalist Dawn Hammon brings us the news of how Rolls Royce is building the world’s fastest electric airplane. Given the polluting footprint of modern jets, this interest and development of alternative technology gives hope. The demo plane is…

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