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Cash for Groceries

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Touch the Soil News #761 (feature photo – Ellin Beltz – CC SA 3.0) An Editorial by Benjamin Gisin Do you ever get tired of using debit cards at the grocery store? People are always fussing with the card reader and being asked if you want e-mail stuff. When checking out, folks leave loads of statistics about what they purchased. Grocers use this information target you with ads, promotionals and may even stalk you when shopping online. Over the past few years I have been favoring the use of cash. There are no questions asked, no hassling with the swipe machine, no risks of identity theft and I leave no…

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Does Organizing Around Dollars (or Pesos) Slow Down Food Production & Eating?

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Touch the Soil News #299 Recently, the Voice of America put out a story on Cuba – 11 million people who in large part are strapped for cash. As the Cuban government tries to alleviate hunger – the shortage of “cash” problem stands in the way. A larger urban farm outside of Havana – the Rotondo de Cojima farm – grows several thousand pounds a month of carrots, lettuce and root vegetables. The farm employs 10 people who earn the equivalent of $25 per month. Cuba has lots of people able to work and an abundance of rich farmland. But the Pesos are not there to connect them – sound…

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Food and the Federal Reserve Bank

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Touch the Soil News #173 Few things are as obfuscating as the operations of the Federal Reserve Bank and how these processes are the cornerstones of Capitalism. Peter Puffin and Freddie Frog have invited Banker Bob to discuss just one aspect of the larger arena of operations – cash to buy food at the farmer’s market. All of the concepts presented are in exacting harmony with the Federal Reserve publication called “Modern Money Mechanics.” As is often said, “truth” can be stranger than fiction and as entertaining as well. While this short adventure of Peter and Freddie is not all inclusive of what goes on in the financial world. It…

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