Touch the Soil News #1274 (Feature photo – Hyvee Food Store – GNU Free Doc License) HyVee Food Stores is employee owned and has over 85,000 employees. Now the store is offering deep discounts on foods nearing expiration dates in order to cut food waste and save customers money. Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) gives us more of the story on this new service: Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #409 (Feature photo – Tesla Semi Trucks https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/833b4w/video_and_album_of_pictures_i_took_of_tesla_semi/dvgj46d/) It’s been almost two years since Tesla announced the coming of its electric semi-truck. Green Car Reports that Tesla just opened up its books for pre-ordering the electric semi-truck. A normal reservation requires a $20,000 down payment. If you really want to be at the front of the line you’ll need to come up with the full $200,000 price tag. You can read the full story here: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1121990_tesla-semi-opens-for-20000-reservations-no-update-on-arrival-date Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #408 (Feature photo – Plastic Straws to be Banned in Taiwan – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) Taiwan, an island nation of 23.5 million people and about the size of Maryland, is stepping forward to ban single-use plastics. This year, bans on plastic straws will be enforced. In 2020, retail stores will be fined for giving customers disposable food containers, utensils and plastic bags. News portal Inhabitat brings the story of how Taiwan will proceed: https://inhabitat.com/taiwan-introduces-one-of-the-worlds-most-comprehensive-plastic-bans/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1273 (Feature photo – The United Arab Emirates – Public Domain) In the Province of Abu Dhabi of the UAE, the provincial government has approved $272 million in incentives to agricultural tech firms that can advance desert farming. Considering Abu Dhabi’s location in the dry Middle East, food security is a top priority. Arabian News recently published the story of how Abu Dhabi is leading the charge to establish food security in an area at the mercy of food from other countries. Considering that the Western U.S. is facing increasing water shortages, perhaps there is value in taking note. The Western U.S. is where most of…
Touch the Soil News #1272 (Feature photo – Pig Farm – Public Domain) As the world’s largest producer and consumer of pork, China is at a crossroads. Poor economics for pork production and problems with the African swine fever have toppled the number of producing pigs in China by 13 percent in one year. Prices are going up and up. Unless there is a change in the basic economics and control of the African swine fever, pork shortages and price spikes could spread far beyond just China. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #407 (Feature photo – Utility-Scale Solar Farm – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) CleanTechnica journalist Charles Thurston takes us to Australia to reveal the explosive solar growth going on there. Australia, with abundant sunshine will lead in solar developments that will ultimately benefit all other nations. You can read the full story here: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/10/australia-adding-one-mega-solar-project-per-month/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Positive Future #406 (Feature photo – Costco – CCA SA 4.0 International) While Wall Street Companies think they are the only ones that need to be for profit, the reality is that every household in the nation must be for profit. Costco’s recent increase is a positive move towards reaching more of a balance. If households are not solidly in the for profit category (more income coming in than expenses going out) the economy begins to shrink from a lack of purchasing power and relying on debt to make up the shortfall. The Seattle Times brings more of the story here: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/high-earning-costco-offers-another-wage-increase-at-least-for-some-of-its-workers/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals…
Positive Future #405 (Feature photo – The Solar Boat – courtesy of Solar Boat Florida https://solarboatfl.com/) When it’s time for fun, what can beat a solar boat? The onboard solar cells provide shade and power. Virtually quiet, the boat can also be charged on shore. Boats start at $53,000. CleanTechnica journalist Zachary Shahan takes for a cruise and inside look at the future of sustainable boating: https://cleantechnica.com/2019/03/09/solar-electric-boat-arrives-in-florida-on-sale-for-53000/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1271 (Feature photo – Weeds – GNU Free Doc License) A new company called Ubiqutek has developed what they call the RootWave. It brings electricity to kill weed roots in an organic and safe way. The world is long overdue for a solution to weeds that is not chemical and without soil resides.. You can learn more about the new technology and company here: http://rootwave.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!
Touch the Soil News #1270 (Feature photo – Seed Development – Courtesy of Row 7 Seed Company) A new company called Row 7 Seed Company works with Chefs and seed breeders. The goal is to make food more delicious while being sensitive to the soil. All seeds are certified organic and produced in the U.S. The company strives to develop special recipes from the seed level up. You can learn more about the company here: https://www.row7seeds.com/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!