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What is Your City’s Foodbowl?

Touch the Soil News #474 Knowing how much farmland it takes to feed your city and the ability of that food to come from regions around the city is not of importance to global financiers, economists or even higher education. Financiers, economists and educators have focused our attention on global free markets. While the global free market has its benefits, but it has also caused us to have a narrow focus. Global consciousness about how a particular city is set to feed itself is close to zero. The standard assumption is food will come from somewhere and local pursuit of growth and paving farmland should not be interrupted. Another assumption is…

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Urban Agriculture – Las Cruces Pushes the Envelope

Touch the Soil News #416 The level of public collaboration emerging in the U.S. to foment urban agriculture would not have happened just five years ago. Taking the lead today is Las Cruces, New Mexico – a metropolitan area of some 220,000 people. With the expertise of a 10-person Urban Agriculture Working Group, the City Council, the City Manager, an 11 person technical review team and input from local citizens, the Las Cruces Urban Agriculture and Food Policy Plan was created. The plan was approved by the Las Cruces City Council of June 6, 2016. The 76- page document takes urban food planning to levels previously unheard of. At 3,900…

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The Most Impacting Food & Ag Discovery of the Century

Touch the Soil News #331 Do we really know why food has to travel thousands of miles? Why does food on an average dinner plate have to be a concoction that may be sourced from several continents? For most of us, we think that the answer to this question is simply that it cannot be produced locally. Research at the University of California at Merced under the direction of Professor Elliott Campbell has just proved us all wrong. Using satellite images and soil data banks across the nation, it was discovered that 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their…

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A Spooky Food and Gardening Awareness

Touch the Soil News #285 Imagine one day waking up and realizing you need to go home, but you are a million miles from home. Home in this sense is the family farm of three to four generations ago that had a vegetable garden, a couple of milk cows, chickens for eggs, a few acres of grain for bread and some meat animals. The reason you want to go home is that you have found yourself in a city of 7.5 million people (Hong Kong) that is on the edge of China with 1.4 billion people all looking for more food. The realization hits you that everything must be imported.…

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