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North Korea Is Under Attack – But Not Militarily

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Touch the Soil News #768 (photo courtesy of the Food and Agriculture Organization) News of North Korea’s ongoing belligerence can be a costly game. This is particularly true if you lose your focus on food in favor of competing with the world’s richest nations on military expenditures – a competition that North Korea will never win. North Korea is being hit with one of the worst droughts in its history – sending agricultural production plummeting. Monsoon rains which underpin agricultural production in North Korea have been materially down – a situation that cannot be mitigated by North Korea’s limited water storage and insufficient irrigation infrastructure. According to a joint study…

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How Far Off Track Is Food and Agriculture?

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Touch the Soil News #519 While politicians fret or ignore the food issues within their own nations, the FAO does the same, but for the whole world. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is charged with making some kind of sense of global food security. The FAO, in order to communicate its concerns for folks being able to eat, recently published “The State of Food and Agriculture – 2016.” Given the pressures of population and climate change, the FAO – in the report – arrives at a simple conclusion: A GLOBAL TRANSFORMATION TO SUSTAINABLE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE MUST BEGIN NOW. Given that 1/3 of the world’s…

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Germany Moves to Ban New Combustion Engines Beginning 2030

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Touch the Soil News #511 While debates over the climate change go on, no one argues that agriculture, which covers 1/3 of the global land mass, is a sitting duck when it comes to weather or any climate anomaly. Climate stability is at the core of the world’s food basket. In a stunning move, Germany’s Federal Council (the Bundesrat) voted to approve a ban on new combustion engine vehicles beginning in 2030. This federal body comprised of representatives from Germany’s 16 individual states explains that what is necessary to comply with the agreements set forth in the Paris Climate Agreement. The Bundesrat is similar in power and function to the U.S.…

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Feeding Ourselves Versus Climate Change

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Touch the Soil News #272   For 2016, the Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO (a division of the United Nations) thought we ought to put climate change into perspective. That perspective being how climate change poses risks to global food production. Following are their some of their top concerns:   75 percent of the world’s poor and food insecure rely on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihoods. They are unprotected in the path of climate change. World food production must rise 60 percent to keep pace with population gains and emerging nations eating higher on the food chain. Crop yield declines of 10-25 percent may be widespread by…

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Will Fossil Fuel Divestment Force Agriculture to Change Dramatically?

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Touch the Soil News # 152 The social pressure, to move civilization beyond fossil fuels is growing by the day. Divestitures of fossil fuel investments are becoming the new way to demonstrate “green.” Fossil fuel divestment is the removal of investment assets including stocks, bonds or other investments in fossil fuel industries. The thought is to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate renewable energy. Driving the popularity of divestments are the physical manifestations of climate change. The fossil fuel divestment movement is no small movement. It is the fastest growing divestment movement in history. HSBC bank – one of the world’s largest – recently reported that international climate change actions could…

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