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The Zombie Farm

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Touch the Soil News #681 The definition of a zombie is a corpse that has been re-animated. The term was first used in 1819. However, the re-animation is not in the form of a normal person. So what might you ask does this have to do with food and agriculture? Imagine for a moment the wonderful foods we consume that the nation’s farmland and farms in other nations produce. The USDA estimates that up to 40 percent of the food supply goes to waste. So what happens when food goes to waste? Food waste is re-animated to produce methane – the third largest source of methane in the United States.…

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Wasteless – A Better Approach to Grocery Shopping

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Touch the Soil News #677 Wasteless is a start-up tech company from Israel. It is re-inventing how grocery stores manage inventory (food), pricing and minimizing waste. The new technology is headed for America and other parts of the word. In the U.S., almost 50 percent of food from the farm field never gets into a consumer’s stomach. All along the food chain the waste takes place. The largest concentration of waste takes place in grocery stores. Modern grocers are inefficient when it comes to managing perishable and processed food. Estimates are that U.S. grocers lose a $1 billion a day in food losses. Wasteless is placing RFID chips on food…

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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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OLIO – Rescuing Food, One Carrot and One Cupcake at a Time

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Touch the Soil News #321 OLIO was founded by Tessa Cook and Saasha Celestial-One who met during their time studying business at Stanford University in California. The idea for OLIO came about when Tessa moved back to England from living overseas. On moving day she found herself with some perfectly good food that she couldn’t bring herself to throw away. So she went out onto the streets to find someone to give this food to, but failed miserably. In that moment she thought, there has to be a better way – why not a mobile app? And so the idea of OLIO was born. However the first people she shared…

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Will France Change Food and Farming Forever?

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Touch the Soil News #300 Earlier last year, the French government voted unanimously to pass a new law that will prohibit supermarkets from purposely spoiling or dumping food that is still good to eat. The food stores are required to sign contracts with charities to channel food they pull from shelves that is still fit to eat. This food will channel into charitable feeding programs to alleviate hunger in France. Penalties for not complying with this law will have fines upwards of $80,000 or prison time. Even more aggressive relative to food and farming is a recent proposal working its way through the legislative bodies in France. The new French…

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Picking Up What the Farm Leaves Behind

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Touch the Soil News #268 What happens when six (6) recent college graduates – in fields not related to food – tackle food waste and attempt to re-invent the food chain? They create a company called Hungry Harvest and create a supply chain of food that is not cosmetically perfect – that would normally be trashed. Operating in the greater Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro areas, these young entrepreneurs are working to save a portion of the 6 billion pounds of fresh produce thrown away every year. Their supply comes from a network of farmers and food distributors who are at the decision making point on what produce qualifies for…

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Fleet Farming – A Portal to the Future of Food

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Touch the Soil News #174 As luck would have it, we were able to connect with Heather Grove, program director of Fleet Farming – thanks to introductions facilitated by Roxanne Christiansen of SPIN Farming. Normally, we try to keep our news pieces quite short. However, something comes out of this story on Fleet Farming that has “geometric” potential to evolve humanity in many arenas, not just food. Thus we have a little longer piece. The theme of food organized around not-for-profit endeavors is one we have covered before. This does not mean efforts at food production should go uncompensated. It means organizing something solely around financial considerations is not broad…

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Reasons to Garden Are Escalating

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Touch the Soil News # 153 There are hundreds of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) around the world drawing attention to the fact that food availability today – and moving forward – is not as it was. One source we have deemed credible is the World Resources Institute (WRI). The WRI has some 450 experts that crunch data in over 50 countries. The WRI maintains offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States. With an annual budget of $65 million, the WRI is one of the world’s top resources in identifying hot spots and issues of ecological concern. While there are a number of areas the WRI focuses…

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