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The World’s Sick Farm Birds

Touch the Soil News #633 (feature photo CC SA 2.0) Around the world, a growing number of chickens (and ducks) in industrial farm settings are getting sick with dangerous strains of the Avian Flu. After culling (destroying) over 33 million birds, the nation of South Korea is struggling with having sufficient egg supplies as well as chicken meat. The price of chicken meat has skyrocketed by over 150 percent over the past two months. The Avian Flu epidemic is having a domino effect around the world. Russia maintains its chicken egg and meat supplies by importing hatching chicks from the European Union. However, Russian health officials have to ban hatchling…

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The Economic Value of Agricultural Toxins?

Touch the Soil News #477 If we mention the organization Copa Cogeca most people would just shrug their shoulder. Copa Cogeca is one of the world’s largest farmer organizations. It represents 23 million European farmers which serve a population of 500 million Europeans. The consuming public in Europe (and the world)is increasingly wary of toxins in food. Recently some 60 members of the European Union Parliament – in protest against the renewal registration of glyphosate – had their urine tested. Every one of them showed positive to levels of glyphosate in their bodies. Now, several months later, it seems the Copa Cogeca felt obliged to defend the use of toxins…

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Is Monsanto in Financial Trouble? And What About the Pee Test?

Touch the Soil News #419 Monsanto’s problems in India and Argentina (they both materially cut back royalties paid to Monsanto on GMO cotton seeds) seem to be just a few of the increasing number of problems facing the company. Earlier in the year, Monsanto was fined $80 million by the Securities and Exchange Commission for account irregularities in its financial reports. The following Info Graphic #1 shows Monsanto sales and net income for the first half of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Shocking is that sales are down 25 percent over the two year period and net income down 60 percent. Monsanto’s licensing of glyphosate (active ingredient in RoundUp) in the…

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Got Milk? International Tensions Behind Building World’s Largest Dairy

Touch the Soil News # 139 Unable to produce all the milk products it needs, Russia has historically relied heavily on dairy imports from Europe. Recently, the EU extended economic sanctions against Russia. In Retaliation, Russia has worked out a deal with China to take their milk business to China. The deal is to build a 100,000 cow dairy in China and then create a farm in Russia to raise all the feed. The projects are financed by both Russian and Chinese investors. European Union farmers are already uneasy. The proposed China dairy is under construction and will take away 30 percent of the EU’s dairy exports to Russia. The…

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