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Louise O. Fresco

Touch the Soil News #1021 (Feature photo – Aerial Drone – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Most of us have never heard of Louise O. Fresco. She recently made news when she challenged why the world still measures agricultural productivity in terms of land and not water use. One of the most accomplished researchers and scientists from the nation of the Netherlands, Louise challenges the future of food as we know it. Her biography and experience are so extensive, it compels attention. So why is what Louise says important today? She explains that the foundations of food have eroded in ways unanticipated in the past and we are unprepared for what’s…

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Sysco – What Is the Food Chain For?

Touch the Soil News #330 Most of us have seen the Sysco trucks as they supply the restaurants we go to. But what is the rationale or mindset behind Sysco being the world’s largest food-service distributor with a global supply chain spanning 40 countries. Is it a productive mindset? In a letter to stockholders from Sysco’s 2015 Annual Report, Bill Delaney (CEO) and Jackie Ward (Chairman of the Board) explain why Sysco exists. Following are a few excerpts of that letter: “We see significant potential to improve our productivity and reduce costs throughout our supply chain organization and in the administrative areas of our business.” “…. invest in our business…

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