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Food and the Purpose of Money

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Touch the Soil News #640 What is the purpose of money? Recently over 140 civil groups in the European Union have called for dramatic reform of food and farming. The groups have sent an open letter to EU leaders who are meeting to discuss the future of food and farming in the European Union. The claim of the 140 signatories to the letter are quite direct: European Union Farm policies (which include farm subsidies) are working for the interests of a few to the detriment of the majority of people, farmers and the planet. The 140 civil groups are requesting: Creating fair and diverse farm economies along with fair incomes…

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Food and Cities – This is Way Out!! (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #407 As we covered in Part 1, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs sponsored the 140 page report called: GROWING FOOD FOR GROWING CITIES – Transforming Food Systems in an Urbanizing World. After reviewing much data and providing much dialogue, the report issued its recommendations on what should be done about global food and agriculture. As you will see, many of the recommendations require action by Congress. Do you think Congress should follow the lead of this “think tank” material? The report had four (4) broad recommendations: Develop, implement, and strengthen policies for global food security. Included were recommendations that the U.S. Congress pass authorizing legislation…

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Food and Cities – This is Way Out!! (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #406 “Think Tanks,” even though they have been around for decades do what they say they do – thinking – but for who? Consider the complexities of the world and massive amounts of information. Individual politicians not as proficient at assembling and digesting volumes of data into some kind of policy or direction. Hence the power of Think Tanks to provide solutions to politicians. A constant question is what sort of agendas are weaved into “think tank” material? Recently, a powerful policy organization (think tank) – The Chicago Council on Global Affairs – sponsored the coming together of 23 people – all highly educated and experienced in…

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The Real Cost of Food

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Touch the Soil News #266 The total costs associated with food are often not included in its price at the grocery store. There is a growing movement to fully identify the full cost of food which may not be the price paid at the grocery store, but include taxes to cover farm subsidies, health care costs from food chemical poisoning and obesity and subsidies given to food-chain workers who don’t earn enough to live. We could afford to buy the highest quality of food if we did not have to indirectly pay the costs of food which have been externalized (photo courtesy of Jaskarn Dhatt) At the head of the…

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