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Could Feeding the World Be Hard on the Planet?

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Touch the Soil News #583 This is a disconcerting thought at best. But are there any indicators that the scope of agriculture is overwhelming the eco-systems that sustain the world? In order to keep up with global demand for just cooking oil, tens of thousands of acres of a shrinking area of forests are being further deforested for palm oil every year. Repurposing land into farmland is the driving cause of global deforestation – a primary source of oxygen and biodiversity. Last week in Cancun, Mexico, representatives of 167 nations (195 total nations in the world) met to discuss, among other things, agriculture’s consumption (destroying) of global biodiversity. In short,…

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Biodynamics is Growing (and has Prince Charles’ undivided attention)

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Touch the Soil News #500 (feature photo published in the U.S. before 1923 and public domain in the U.S.) What is Biodynamic farming? We looked to the Biodynamic Association to get a clearer picture: Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavor of the food being raised. Biodynamic practitioners also recognize and strive to work in cooperation with the subtle influences of the wider…

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Will Industrial Agriculture Go the Way of Fossil Fuels?

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Touch the Soil News #445 A couple of years ago the fossil-fuel divestment movement got started. Essentially, the idea is that investment funds rid themselves of any investment connected to fossil fuels. Two years ago, some $50 billion worth of investment funds committed to exit fossil-fuel investments. Today, the number of dollars committed to not touch fossil fuels is pushing $3.4 trillion – a seventy fold increase (http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/). Much of the divestment movement gets energy from the larger “climate change” momentum. Earlier this year, the world celebrated having 1 million plug-in cars of various types on the world’s roads. Globally, for the first five months of 2016, Inside EVs reports…

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