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Food Justice, Giving, Policy, Access . …

Touch the Soil News #899 (Feature photo – Southern California Cityscape – CCA 2.5 Generic) The arena of food is more than just about organics, production, investment and economics. In the arena of food, the greatest shortcoming in modern economics emerges prolifically. The greatest shortcoming in modern economics is that the overwhelming majority of people have only one route to buying food – they must find a way to translate their work and work ethic into dollars. The non-profit Seedstock recently published a list of 16 Southern California organizations that in one way or another try to wrestle with problems that arise when dollars are not there to engage labor.…

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To What Extent Is the Growing Volume of Capital a Risk to Humanity?

Touch the Soil News #784 (Feature photo – Katrina Tuliao – CC SA 2.0)) The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance recently updated its numbers on the volume of capital (dollars) invested in projects they claim are worthy of “sustainable” classification. That amount of capital (dollars) in this sustainable category – worldwide – is a staggering $22.9 trillion. The report contends that this $22.9 trillion represents 26.3 percent of the world’s total investments. From this measurement, we can extrapolate that the world’s investors (sustainable and not sustainable) have $87 trillion invested into the global economy. Through our own investigation, we believe that the $87 trillion is far understated. Bloomberg Business reported earlier…

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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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