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Are Diesels Offsetting the Effects of Good Food?

Positive Future #355 (Feature photo – Diesel Exhaust – EPA) The answer to the direct pollution of food crops from diesel emission is not really known. However, the European Public Health alliance just issued a new report on the health cost of road transport emissions. Estimates are the health costs of transportation emissions in the European Union are $80 billion a year. 75 percent of those costs and damages are caused by diesel emissions. That equates to $155 dollars a person for each of the 512 million people in Europe. While it is great to eat good food, good food cannot ameliorate the impact on humans from diesel emissions. Ironically,…

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Do You Need a Jack Rabbit?

Positive Future #354 (Feature photo – The Jack Rabbit – courtesy of Jack Rabbit Mobility http://www.jackrabbit.bike/) With the cost of operating a car around $9,000 a year plus, there are dozens of companies around the world chipping away at miles that used to belong only to cars. CleanTechica journalist Kyle Field provides us an in-depth look at an innovative new product – the Jack Rabbit bike. With a range of 13 miles and only weighing 20 lbs., the Jack Rabbit is priced at $899. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/12/the-new-jack-rabbit-mobility-ebike-provides-a-compact-solution-ces2019/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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November 2018 Global Electric Auto Sales

Positive Future #353 (Feature photo – Electric Cars in front of San Francisco City Hall – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) While the electrification of transportation is not at a significant tipping point, it is worthy of noting that sales in this niche market continue to post stellar growth. According to InsideEVs, global electric car sales hit 148,903 units in November of 2017. For November of 2018, that number reached 237,553 – a 60 percent increase. Followers of the EV movement are awaiting final year-end numbers from around the globe for 2018. As of November, 2018 that number stood at 1,713,957. Will 2018 electric sales reach 2,000,000? You can see the…

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Five (5) Plant Resolutions for 2019

Touch the Soil News #1221 (Feature photo – House Plants – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Farmer Nick recently published 5 resolutions we should make for 2019. Since plants are one of those cornerstones to human survival and health, it’s worth taking a look. Farmer Nick provides “plant consulting” for your household plants. Farmer Nick provides the full story here: https://www.farmernicknyc.com/blog-1/2019/1/6/new-years-plant-resolutions Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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FDA Reduces Food Inspections

Touch the Soil News #1220 (Feature photo – FDA Logo – courtesy of FDA ) As hundreds of Food and Drug Administration (FD) inspectors are laid off, the FDA must also curtail the number of inspections that ensure a safe food supply. How many other critical services will the government shutdown impact? Trend News World has more of the story at the following link: https://trendnewsworld.com/2019/01/10/its-not-business-as-usual-federal-shutdown-brings-fda-cutbacks-fewer-food-inspections/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Is Small Better Than Large?

Positive Future #352 (Feature photo – Large Tractor – CCA SA 3.0 Unported – HCQ)) Historically, the history of farm equipment has followed the consolidation of industrial farming. Tractors have grown over the years to become large multi-ton pieces that can cost well over $250,000. The problem with large tractors is not only their cost, but their weight which causes soil compaction. Phys.Org recently reported on the emergence of small robots (tractors). In specifics, their focus is on a small robo-tractor called Tom. If this is a trend that continues to grow, the changes in how farming is done could be dramatic. You can read the full story here: https://phys.org/news/2018-11-robots-field-farms-embracing-autonomous.html…

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Are Old Harleys On The Way Out?

Positive Future #351 (Feature photo – The Old Harley Davidson Motorcycle – Public Domain) For the first 9 months of 2018, Harley Davidson reports that global motorcycle unit sales are down 5.9 percent. However, Harley Davidson is looking into the future and just announced the coming of the Livewire – an electric motorbike that can go 110 miles to the charge for slightly less than $30,000. Other technical specs are that it has 74 horsepower, weighs 460 lbs. and can go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds. The move by Harley Davidson into electrics adds more momentum to the global exodus from fossil fuels. One wonders if this technology will…

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Natural Food Ingredients – What Does That Mean?

Touch the Soil News #1219 (Feature photo – Natural Food – USDA) The Food and Drug Administration wants to come up with a definition of natural – something that they have not been able to do. Critics argue that a whole slate of unnatural things have been allowed under the term “natural” when it comes to food. Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/ ) tackles the problem and determines that we would be best served to rid ourselves of the term “natural” when it comes to food ingredients. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Underground Farming

Touch the Soil News #1218 (Feature photo – Controlled Environment Agriculture – courtesy of NASA) Urban farming advocates and pioneers are scouring urban landscapes for every possible site for growing food. That search has broadened to include old bomb shelters, abandoned subway systems and even abandoned coal mines. Borgen Magazine explores the new trends in underground farming around the world. You can read the full article here: https://www.borgenmagazine.com/urban-underground-farming/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Are Fusion Reactors Coming?

Positive Future #350 (Feature photo – Building a Fusion Reactor – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – one of the world’s top private research universities – says yes. The source of energy in fusion is hydrogen that produces energy much like the sun does. In theory, 1 gram of hydrogen in a fusion reactor could provide as much power as 10 tons of coal – and do it without pollution. While the experimental fusion reactor in the feature photo looks ominous, remember that not too many years ago it took an entire room of computers to do what one hand-held device can do today. Fusion Reactors…

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