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In Between Food & Lawns

Touch the Soil News #965 (Feature photo – The Royal Banner of Scotland – GNU Free Doc License) Scotland, a small nation of 5.5 million people, is also part of the United Kingdom (Great Britain). Scotland has been in the news this year as the small nation is struggling with food insecurity. To complicate matters, Great Britain – which is looking at exiting the European Union – is facing potentially dramatic food inflation. Food inflation from: Increased food import tariffs as it imports over 60 percent of its food. Loss of lower cost labor from the EU to work on farms in Great Britain. Currency exchange rates which may contribute…

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What is a Food Tremor?

Touch the Soil News #635 A food tremor is something more than background noise. It casts a hint of what a food problem can grow into. For example, in nature tremors often foreshadow a volcanic eruption or earthquake.   Food Tremors Now Happening The global demand for vegetable cooking oil is so great it is driving rainforest demolition and people exploitation. Peoples of all nations are competing voraciously for the same pool of cooking oils (palm oil, soybean oil, canola oil and olive oil). This tremor can drive food inflation. Congested crop farming leaves little room for nature to mitigate disease. Wheat rust is a fungal disease that compromises wheat,…

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