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Hang in there London

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Touch the Soil News #636 (feature photo – London City Hall – CC SA 2.0) The number one goal of most everyone that reads this news piece is to translate their work ethic and skills into dollars. We must connect into the mainstream flows of finance – which are what prop up Capitalism – through our jobs. So when it comes to people going hungry – when putting aside minor reasons – the basic problem is jobs and/or the low compensation of jobs. So, now that we’ve identified what most everyone knows already, it is interesting to see what is happening in London. London is one of the oldest capitalistic…

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What is a Food Tremor?

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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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Food Trends

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Touch the Soil News #572 (feature photo – Kari Sullivan CC 2.0) The National Restaurant Association just published what it sees as the top 10 industry trends. What is interesting about these trends is that they represent an almost 180 degree departure from the modern industrial food chain. Seems public opinion can be as effective at change as political power. Following are the trends:   Hyper-local sourcing of food by upscale chefs with emphasis on freshness (think rooftop gardening). Chef-driven change in fast-casual food offerings. An attempt to upgrade the quick-service food. Natural ingredients and clean menus are in demand as restaurant goers want raw and fresh ingredients. Environmental responsibility…

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Chipotle Mexican Grill – Struggling From Food Poisoning Troubles (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #370 Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of the world’s largest fast food restaurants with almost 2,100 locations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. The company plans to open more than 200 new locations in 2016. While food poisoning issues are not new to Chipotle, the year 2015 literally riddled the restaurant chain with dangerous incidents. Following is a short history of Chipolte’s problems: March 2008 – Hepatitis outbreak. In San Diego County, over 20 customers tested positive for the virus stemming from a Chipotle restaurant located in La Mesa, California April 2008 – Norovirus outbreak. Chipotle was implicated in a norovirus outbread…

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Food Trends for 2016

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Touch the Soil News #228 Nation’s Restaurant News tickles our fancy by reporting on big food trends in 2016. Following are a few highlights from that report. Already established in Europe, trends are now coming to the U.S. where consumers are looking for food with recognizable ingredients that they perceive are more natural and less processed. This trend is being picked up by a number of restaurants that seek to stay with the trend. Growing in the U.S. are delivery meals accessed through apps online and through smart phones. The venture-capital reporting company – AgFunder – calls it the hottest trends in agricultural technology investments. There is a growing interest…

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