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Stakes in the Cash-For-Food Economy Go Up

Touch the Soil News #764 (urban food poster courtesy of Keep Growing Detroit) The world continues to move away from its historical roots in the countryside and into cities. As billions of people converge in the cityscapes of the world, they become almost 100 percent tied to the cash-for-food economic system. In decades past, rural folks still had a chance to partially circumvent the cash economy by growing some food. Cash is invoked by a financial system known for mischief and volatility. To complicate matters, cash is distributed sparingly, often through low pay jobs at companies that see labor as an expense to be constantly downsized. It is estimated that…

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The FAO Reports on Global Food Tremors

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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Food Hardship

Touch the Soil News #546 Have there been times in the last 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed? This is one of the questions asked by Gallup Polls. If you answer this question yes, you are considered one of those Americans that experiences food hardship. Out of the roughly 176,000 respondents to this poll in 2014 and 2015, approximately 14.5 percent of households without children said yes and about 20 percent of households with children said yes. The problem with these statistics is that they are averages and can mask areas of significant problems. In response to the…

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