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Why Crickets?

Touch the Soil News #329 Three years ago, a couple of entrepreneurs ordered two shoebox-size containers of loud and noisy crickets. Co-founders Greg Sewitz and Gabi Lewis wanted to find out if they could make food using insects. Now, three years later, their company – EXO – just surprised the world by attracting $4 million in funding. The company’s protein bars (main ingredient cricket flour) could now appear in more supermarkets nationwide.   The practice of eating crickets is called “entomophagy” and EXO wants to get folks excited about eating bugs. Globally, over 1,000 insect species are known to be eaten in 80 percent of the world’s nations. Mainstream adoption…

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A Global First – Sky Urban Vertical Farming System

Touch the Soil News #265 Singapore entrepreneur Mr. Jack Ng, recently won the world’s top design prize ($110,000 USD) from INDEX – a design award program focused on creating a better world through design. Mr. Jack Ng has an interesting story. He was operating a construction and engineering enterprise out of a factory in Singapore. He had many foreign workers from India, China and Bangladesh – many of which were farmers in their home countries. When Ng discovered many of the workers were homesick, he invited them to farm in an unused space behind the factory. It brought the workers together and they shared what they grew. Mr. Jack Ng…

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Monsanto

Touch the Soil News #206 Many are familiar with Bob Dylan’s song – Knocking on Heaven’s Door. The lyrics of the song talk about getting close to knocking on heaven’s door. So, is Monsanto having problems that are serious? We’ll let you be the judge. Inspecting a Monsanto facility in the Netherlands (photo – Luther Bissett – Licensed under Creative Commons Share Alike 2.0) Following are a number of problems/issues that Monsanto is currently plagued with. Together, all of these items carry a real punch. Monsanto made several “desperate” attempts to buy Syngenta. Syngenta is a Swiss company in similar lines of business with success in geographic areas not dominated…

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Earth Worms Are Good

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Have you ever seen an Earth Worm this big? What a great sight to see in the garden. During our normal garden watering and weeding we came across a MONSTER Earth Worm. Earth Worms are great for your soil. Not only do they help break up the soil for the roots to grow and expand without hitting any “walls”, but they also provide earthworm castings as they grow. These earthworm castings are full of microbial life which promote root growth and plant development activity organically. You can substitute Worm Castings for compost and a great addition to any compost tea. Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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