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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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The FAO Reports on Global Food Tremors

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Touch the Soil News #614 The FAO – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations keeps tabs on global food tremors. While some of the issues may be far from home, our interconnected world – politically, socially and ecologically acts like dominoes – we simply cannot completely separate ourselves from ourselves. So, here are some of the food tremors unfolding: Wheat Rust. It’s a fungal disease that is pushing the edges of an epidemic. New strains of wheat rust are popping up around the world and in recent times. Areas vulnerable to wheat rust account for approximately 37 percent of global wheat production (see video below). Cost of basic…

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More Powerful Than Politicians

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Touch the Soil News #544 The global financial system and the world’s resource limitations – having evolved together over the last few centuries – represent a momentum that eclipses any world leader. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a division of the United Nations that keeps tab on the price of food. The variables that drive the price of food are weather, demand and the ability of the global financial world to deliver purchasing power to the masses. The FAO food price index was established using a base of 100 which represents the price of many different agricultural commodities as of the year 2004. In the aftermath of the…

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Food Tremor – A Spooky Thing

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Touch the Soil News #441 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a division of the United Nations. The FAO sits on the pulse of world food. The FAO maintains a Food Price Index. The Index follows the fluctuations in food prices. The flow of food to people only happens to the extent that there is money to facilitate the connection of supply and demand. The FAO Food Price index is the first warning signal that in a world organized around monetary mediums – price escalations can quickly overwhelm global resources (distribution and acquisition). The efficiency of money to connect supply with demand falls far short. Hence, over the past…

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