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Large Automaker – To Exit Gas Cars

Positive Future #72 (Feature photo – A Changan Automobile from China – CCA SA 4.0 International) China is the world’s largest auto market selling 28 million cars a year compared to the U.S. 17 million cars. One of the top four car manufacturers in China – Changan – just announced that it was planning to be totally phased out of fossil fuel cars by 2025 – that’s only seven (7) years away. Changan manufactures 3 million vehicles a year and now plans to spend $15 billion over the next 7 years developing the electrified vehicles that will totally replace fossil fuel car manufacturing in the company. In some ways, it…

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What is the Monchee Banana from Japan?

Touch the Soil News #929 (Feature photo – Japanese Imperial Seal – public domain) What happens when you start a banana tree at a minus -80 degrees Farenheit and then gradually move it to a temperature of 80 degrees and the plant and the bananas mature. D&T Farms of Japan found that it puts the banana tree in a kind of hyperspeed so the banana peel doesn’t fully mature. Ultimately the banana peel is like lettuce (but tastes kind of like pineapple) that can be eaten with the inside banana that is extra sweet. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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World’s Largest Wind Farm – Now under Construction

Positive Future #61 (Feature photo – Base for Hornsea Wind Turbines – courtesy of Orsted) Called the Hornsea Project 1, this mega wind farm is located off the coast of the United Kingdom. Project 1 is for 1.2 gigawatts of electricity. There are two more projects on the drawing board. Project one consists of 174 turbines. When all three projects are finished, the wind farms will generate over 4 gigawatts of power – enough to power 4 million homes. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Investors Apply Pressure on Big Polluting Corporations

Touch the Soil News #887 (Feature photo – Frank John Aleksandrowicz) A global collaboration of investment organizations have organized around the banner “The Climate Action 100”. They publish a list of the 100 largest greenhouse gas emitting companies in an effort to get big corporations to clean up their “polluting” acts. The investors have agreed to put pressure on these large corporations to strengthen corporate responsibility agendas. Chances are pretty high that these investors have either lent money to or own stock in virtually all of the world’s largest corporations. Together, the 225 investment organizations that make up The Climate Action 100, manage a whopping $26.3 trillion in assets. Including…

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Arby’s Goes to Egypt

Touch the Soil News #886 (Feature photo – Flag of Egypt – Open clipart, Public Domain) In a press release dated December 12, 2017, Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. announced it reached an agreement to develop 50 Arby’s restaurants in Egypt. The agreement is with Vantage Egypt for Tourism and Entertainment. Plans are to start opening restaurants in 2018. Who will eat at these Arby’s restaurants? Egypt, a nation of almost 100 million people, has almost 30 percent of the population living below the poverty line. Professor of Statistics at Cairo University – Heba al-Laithy – is quoted in the Egypt Independent in a 7-27-2016 article as saying there is a…

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Declining Cost of Batteries (for cars)

Positive Future #22 (Feature photo – NASA Lithium Ion Battery Pack) Word is out that batteries for electric cars are dropping rapidly. According to a recent article on Clean Technica, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported that the cost of Lithium Ion batteries dropped from $1,000 per kWh in 2010 to $273 in 2016. That means car battery costs dropped to about ¼ the cost in 2016. Projections are that battery costs. Today the cost is down to $209 per kWh. Estimates are that battery costs may get down to $100 per kWh by 2025. You can read the full story on the link below: https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/11/batteries-keep-getting-cheaper/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IM-cleantechnica+%28CleanTechnica%29 Want More? – Sign up…

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Financial Investing – Taking Gas Engines to the Mat

Positive Future #11 (Feature photo – Basic Internal Combustion Engine – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Over the past few months, the dollar signs have been off the charts relative to car manufacturer spending on electric car development. Volkswagen made news recently by announcing that it will spend $40 billion over the next five years on electrification of its cars and autonomous driving technology. Ford has committed $4.5 billion over the next few years on electric car development. Not to be outdone, General Motors plans to introduce 20 electric car models over the next six years. Between manufacturer spending and consumer spending on plug-in electric cars, the pool of money competing…

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Trusting and Thinking

Touch the Soil News #839 (Feature photo – Andre Kohler in front of his farm stand – photo courtesy of Casamor Farm and Andre Kohler) What can you do for extra cash when living in an urban neighborhood? In the residential area of Mar Vista in Los Angeles lives Andre Kohler who converted his front and back yards into food crops. Besides turning his lawn into growing vegetable beds, Kohler planted 30 nut and fruit trees. He calls his enterprise the Casamor Farm. In 2016, Kohler opened a farm stand in front of his house which is open for business every Sunday. The farm stand operates on an honor system…

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Food Chain to the World – Economic Security is not Guaranteed

Touch the Soil News #776 (feature photo – Tobia Kleinlercher – CC SA 3.0) The food chain is illustrating just how unsettled things can be. One of the most unsettling situations unfolding in the U.S. is traffic through the traditional family sit-down restaurant industry. The concern is that the economy is no longer one of growth but an economy of stagnation where competitors simply cannibalize each other. DineEquity, the company that owns the Applebees and IHOP brands is seeing a noticeable erosion of cash flowing through its restaurants. In an August 10, 2017 press release, DineEquity shared the bad news. Domestic IHOP restaurants saw same-store sales drop 2.1% for the…

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