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Spirituality and Farming = Better Outcome

Positive Future #278 (Feature photo – The Statue of Shiva – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Do we share a “sixth sense” with plants? Agritecture recently featured an article on how spirituality can improve your farming. Written by Meera Watts (a yoga teacher) being in tune with yourself and your plants can reap benefits for both (https://www.linkedin.com/in/meerawatts/) According to Meera, growth patterns have been shown to be affected amongst chaos or a harsh environment. When plants are neglected, they have less of a will to grow. Some might even say they exhibit a similar will to us when it comes to growing in a hostile environment. You can read the full…

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The Farm On Ogden – New Frontiers In Sustainable Farming

Touch the Soil News #1143 (Feature photo – Chicago Botanic Gardens – Public Domain) While it is hard to imagine any agricultural venture competing with industrial agriculture, one should not – in the long run – underestimate the power of non-profit food enterprises. Called the Farm on Ogden, this new approach and new facility brings much larger participation and focus than non-profit food enterprises of the past. In addition to food production, the venture equally focuses on health, food preparation, local and jobs. It is no surprise that this is not a Wall-Street venture. The venture is a collaboration of the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Lawndale Christian Health Center.…

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Artificial Intelligence & Sensors Move Into the Food Chain

Touch the Soil News #1142 (Feature photo – Holstein Milking Cow – courtesy of the USDA) Sensors that gather data that is then organized, managed and interpreted is not new, but becoming more important in the food chain. One of the drivers of this technology is none other than finances. The cost of food production has become so expensive, that producers cannot afford even the slightest disruptions or oversights. In the following video, Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) provides insights into the latest developments for the livestock and dairy industries. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Walmart Interested in Your Biometric Signs

Touch the Soil News #1141 (Feature photo – Walmart – CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain) Walmart has filed a patent for what is called a Biometric Feedback Cart Handle. The idea is shopping carts with new handles that can track your heart rate, temperature, grip and walking speed. If you are out of some pre-determined pattern, Walmart can choose to alert emergency medical responders. Why would Walmart care about how you feel without something in it for them? Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Hemp in Space

Positive Future #277 (Feature photo – International Space Station – courtesy of NASA) Space Tango – a company that leads commercial research aboard the International Space Station – has just formed a subsidiary to experiment in space with hemp’s medicinal properties. Space Tango wants to use the benefits of a low gravity environment to study the plant biology and properties of hemp. The hope is to discover new biomedical applications for hemp on Earth. You can read the full report here: https://spacetango.com/space-tango-launches-microgravity-hemp-enterprise/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Transportation Change – Coming Faster

Positive Future #276 (Feature photo – Modern Highway – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) InsideEVs just came out with its September 2018 report on sales of new cars able to run partially or totally on battery-electric power in the U.S It is hard to believe that automakers in the U.S. now have 42 different models of cars available to the public that run partially or totally on battery electric power. For September 2108, car sales in this category reached a stunning 44,589. For September 2017, car sales in this category were only 21,242. Why would car sales in this category be up over 100 percent from a year ago? No other…

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Morocco Embraces Hemp for Construction

Positive Future #275 (Feature photo – Hemp Concrete Block – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Hemp Today reported how the nation of Morocco – a coastal nation popular for its recreation beaches – is embracing hemp. The goal is to develop hemp bricks for construction and simultaneously employ indigenous farmers in the production of hemp. Under the project name SUNIMPLANT, ancestral hemp is transformed into new aggregates for building. You can read the full story here: https://hemptoday.net/moroccan-hemp-project/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Lunch Is on the Way

Touch the Soil News #1140 (Feature photo – Starship Delivery Robot – CCA 4.0 International) One of the sectors to experience significant change due to robotics and the electrification of transportation is Food and Farming. Whether its autonomous tractors or autonomous food delivery robots – things are changing. Starship delivery robots are now being tested on work campuses figuring out how to get food and coffee from the cafeteria to the building where you are working. People react to these robots in different ways, even bullying them. In the following video, Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) provides insight into the technologies coming and human reactions: Want More? – Sign up below Special…

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How Much Does Soy = Deforestation?

Positive Future #274 (Feature photo – Trucks Transporting Soybeans in Brazil – CCA 3.0 Brazil) One of the most important crops in the world is soybeans. The world farms over 300 million acres of soybeans each year. Much of the growth in soybean acreage is tied directly to global deforestation. One of the most important uses of soybeans is to feed meat animals. Recently, the growth of soybeans in Brazil has led to a destabilization of water systems. Soy acreage in the ecological sensitive region called the Cerrado has grown by almost 24 million acres over the past 7 years. That is equal to a farm that is 10 miles…

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World’s 3 Largest Automakers – Almost 100 Electrified Cars in the Making

Positive Future #273 (Feature photo – Kia Headquarters – CCA 4.0 International) First of all, do you know who the world’s three largest automakers are? Unfortunately, none of them are American. They are in order of size 1. Toyota 2. Volkswagen 3. Hyundai/Kia. Clean Technica journalist Zachary Shahan bring us insights into what these automakers have in mind of electric and green car models. Together, the companies’ have committed over $50 billion into green-car and electrified technologies. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/08/top-3-automakers-their-electric-vehicle-plans/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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