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Does it Matter How We Pay for Food?

Touch the Soil News #837 (Feature photo – Open Government License V1.0 Chris Roberts/MOD) Whole Food Market recently released more particulars of an attack on the payment systems used in its tap rooms and full table-service restaurants. The attack was not on the system used in the company’s grocery operations. The hack occurred from March 10, 2017 through September 28, 2017. Information that may have been leaked includes cardholder names, payment card account number, card expiration date and internal verification codes. Whole Foods says that it has replaced the payment systems that were breached and feel they have solved the cyber-attack problem. How does one protect themselves against fraud and…

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Cash for Groceries

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?

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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