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The $84 trillion Gorilla – How it Jostles Food and Access to Food

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Touch the Soil News #224 Peter Puffin and Freddie Frog team up again with Banker Bob. This time to explore one of the most pervasive influences on modern life and wrestle with questions that may be destined for future public debate. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Quotes to Raise Your Food and Agriculture IQ

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Touch the Soil News #211 One of the things we follow is the emergence of a world in which food is less than abundant. It’s a Some of the best sources of information about this topic come from Investment and Venture Capital – viewing food and agriculture as arenas with tremendous investment opportunity. What makes them different is that they are putting their money where their mouth is – pouring billions of dollars into a convergence of food need and limited supply. One such company is Anterra Capital located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Anterra is backed by two of the world’s largest privately held financial institutions – Rabobank and Fidelity…

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Oregon and New Mexico State Retirement Funds – Headed to Brazil Farmland – May the Universe Have Mercy

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Touch the Soil News #192 A theme we cover frequently is the massive flow of monies into farmland. Our research shows that the world has far more investment dollars than there are investment opportunities. For example, on September 28, 2015, the U.S. Treasury was looking to borrow $18 billion for a period of 91 days. When the U.S. Treasury put the word out, there was $69 billion that lined up to lend the money to the United States. In other words, there was 3.8 dollars willing to lend for every 1 dollar the U.S. Treasury needed. This means that $51 billion dollars – that wanted to invest in the U.S…

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The Fastest Growing (Small) Food Companies in America (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #189 Thanks to research from Inc. 5000, we have some insights into the 10 fastest growing food companies and the trends they are setting. It’s a refreshing view in that smaller enterprises are entering the food chain. You don’t need to be a “farmer” per se to improve and diversify the food chain. Following are the first 5. logo courtesy of the Good Bean Company The Good Bean. This is a snack food company dedicated to developing and distributing healthy and innovative bean-based snacks. Their product line includes bean chips, chickpea snacks, and fruit and no-nut bars. The California company, while small, has had a 2,200…

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Drama in Africa – Target of Global Agricultural Investors

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Touch the Soil News # 159 In a recent 2015 special report called “The Journal of Peasant Studies” the focus is on Africans being dispossessed of their land as global interests swoop in to control farmland and all things agricultural. The report finds that in many situations, foreign investors want to invest in projects, but don’t want to engage with the locals who have undocumented control of the land. In the United States, title companies keep meticulous records of ownership, title transfers and accurate legal descriptions. In many African nations, particularly in rural areas, ownership is often one of possession that may go back several generations. Hungry for cash or…

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