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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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Interest Rate Hike – Archaic Financial Thinking? (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #261 This is the second part of an opinion piece by Benjamin Gisin. It is true a ¼% hike in interest rates is not going to topple the world. However, it is the mentality that money (capital) deserves a privileged advantage over humans and the environment that is becoming obsolete. At the heart of the discussion is inflation – when the cost of things spiral up too rapidly. Rather than providing people more purchasing power to keep up, the Fed’s plan is to push people down so that they can’t spend and thus – through a collapse of purchasing power – prices come down. How do…

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Climate Volatility Math – $300 Million Lost in South Carolina Crops

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Touch the Soil News #204 “Over the past few days here in South Carolina, I’ve watched, worried and prayed for friends and families who have been terribly impacted by this natural disaster.” – Hugh E Weathers, Commissioner South Carolina Department of Agriculture. Flooded cropland in South Carolina (photo courtesy of SC Dept. of Ag) The drought earlier in the season in South Carolina, plus the flooding this fall, has turned the situation into a state of emergency.   With thousands of farm acres under water, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture estimates crop losses will total $300 million or more. This represents about 10 percent of South Carolina’s $3 billion…

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Dollars, Hunger & Banking

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Touch the Soil News #195 Peter Puffin, Freddie Frog and Banker Bob explore the twilight zone of money and hunger. They uncover aspects of dollars that are absent from our school curriculums and public debates. Have fun examining your own financial IQ. The world of food and hunger provide the perfect setting for Peter, Freddie and Banker Bob to do their exploring. Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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