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What Special Financing Can Do

Positive Future #132 (Feature photo – Mumbai, a mega metro of 20 million people, will be where the high speed train will start – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) The big news is that India is about to commence construction of a high-speed train from Mumbai to Ahmedabad – 316 miles. The train will travel up to 217 MPH – more than twice the speed of India’s fastest train service. The cost of the project is around $60 million per mile. The hope is that this train – which will have 35 trains on the tract at one time (up to 70 trains on the track in the future) – is…

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Turn Those Ships Around

Touch the Soil News #998 (Feature photo – A Bulk Ship Carrier – public domain) American Farmers are feeling the first real-pains from the unfolding U.S. trade war with China. China, the world’s largest importer of grain, just slapped retaliatory fees on sorghum grain headed from the U.S. to China. According to UkrAgroConsult. There are 20 ships carrying 1.2 million tons of U.S. sorghum (valued at $216 million) on the water headed to China. Of those, five have already stopped and turned around due to the recent Chinese import fees. You can read the full report here: http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/us-sorghum-armada-u-turns-at-sea-after-chinese-tariffs The problem with trade wars over food commodities is that the poorest…

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Research for Growing Food in Space

Touch the Soil News #997 (Feature photo – EDEN ISS Indoor Farm in Antarctica – courtesy EDEN ISS) In the Antarctica – one of the coldest and most remote places on Earth – scientists are learning how to grow food without sunlight or soil. Called the EDEN ISS project, it looks like a shipping container with high-tech embellishments. The goal of this project is to test growing food on the ISS – International Space Station. Scientists at the shipping container greenhouse in Antarctica have been growing salad greens, cucumbers and radishes and are now working on fruits. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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New Ideas Just Keep Popping Up

Positive Future #131 (Feature photo – KYMCO Ionix Electric Scooter – Photo courtesy of KYMCO) Asia is a region of congested cities. As such, it is not surprising that compact and affordable personal transportation is evolving there more quickly than in the U.S. KYMCO, an electric scooter manufacturer from Taiwan has unveiled what it touts to be a breakthrough in personal electric transportation. Taiwan, a small crowded island nation is about 300 times smaller than the U.S, but with a population of 24 million people. KYMCO has not released pricing, but their promotional video below teases its functionality and features. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Carmaggedon

Positive Future #130 (Feature photo – A Volkswagen TDI Diesel Car with Emissions Cheating Device– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Volkswagen has spent $ billions in buying cars (with emissions cheating devices) back from U.S. customers. Estimates are that Volkswagen will eventually buy back over 400,000 cars. As of today, there are over 300,000 cars already parked in large lots around the country. The plan is that Volkswagen will somehow fix these cars and sell them back into service. One must ask, what are the logistics and costs involved moving these cars to locations where they can be fixed? Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating may ultimately contribute to the end of fossil-fuel…

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DMG Grocery Store – Wall Street’s Nemesis?

Touch the Soil News #996 (Feature photo CCA 2.0 Generic) Decades of economic and financial data reveal that a competitive (for-profit) economic system is structurally unable to expand to a level that includes all people. It’s one reason why there are over 60,000 charitable (non-profit) feeding programs in the U.S. serving some 50 million food insecure. There is no grocer with so many outlets that cooperate together under a national food-banking system. It’s also a reason Main Street America is seeing more and more thrift, second-hand and dollar stores. Making news is the Salvation Army’s opening of the nation’s first non-profit food store to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in the…

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Are Car Emissions Standards Too Strict?

Positive Future #129 (Feature photo – Vehicle Emissions Overdone– CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Let’s face it; the largest activity on earth’s land masses is agriculture Agricultural activities are the most impacted by the quality of the atmosphere that delivers water, heat and cooling. So when it comes to emissions standards, we cannot take food and the environment out of the equation – even if there is a short-term benefit to major automakers. In addition, it will be high-tech that solves emissions issues. Former senior energy congressional staffer and now law professor – Greg Dotson – puts another spin on the emissions debate. In short, rolling back emissions standards in the…

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The Robots Are Coming

Touch the Soil News #995 (Feature photo – The Earth’s Surface – GNU Free Doc License) The Food Lion grocery chain has over 1,100 stores and over 65,000 employees. Food Lion is owned by Ahold Delhaize, whose headquarters are in Zaandam, Netherlands, owns a total of 6,500 stores in 11 nations that come alive with over 375,000 employees. So, when Food Lion introduces the first in-store robot, it is part of a much larger picture. Other grocery stores in the Ahold Delahize family are also undergoing live tests with robots. Chances are high that within the year several hundred Ahold Delhaize stores will be outfitted with robots. Want More? -…

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The Largest Train Trade Show – Where the World Gets Together

Positive Future #128 (Feature photo – InnoTrans Global Rail Trade Fair – CCA SA 2.5 Generic) InnoTrans is the name of the one of the world’s largest trade shows – and it’s all about trains (and even electric buses). With almost 2.5 miles of actual train tracks for exhibition and demonstration the show attracts almost 140,000 people from around the globe. Held every two years in Germany, the next event is in September of 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The last event brought in 2,955 exhibitors from 60 countries and 137,391 visitors from 119 countries. Main themes of the fair include railway technology, railway infrastructure, public transport, interiors and tunnel construction.…

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Pizza to the Beach?

Touch the Soil News #994 (Feature photo – California Beach – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) One of the world’s largest pizza makers – Domino’s – just announced that it was now offering delivery to popular places such as tourist attractions, beaches and parks. Domino’s has approximately 14,000 locations and some 290,000 employees when including franchises. Estimates are that Domino’s will deliver to some 150,000 hotspots – locations that can receive deliveries without traditional addresses. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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