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Food and the Oil of Things

Touch the Soil News #482 To state that the food chain is “oil” dependent is an understatement. Commercial fertilizers, the fuels that run farm equipment, the fuels that propel transportation trucks and the fuels that power processing facilities, grocery stores and our kitchen appliances are anchored in oil. There are two mega-trends unfolding in the oil industry that are not covered by mainstream media. However, these mega-trends could well bring the world to a tipping point where fossil fuels could rapidly become a dinosaur of the past.   Mega-Trend #1 – The Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement: In 2011, a few students on college campuses urged their administrators to sell off…

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Changing Public Perception Precedes Big Change

Touch the Soil News #235 Public perceptions of the fossil-fuel industry are rapidly turning sour. This is a pattern of thinking not totally unlike perceptions about food and industrial agriculture. Is it possible that by observing current fossil-fuel perceptions that we see a pattern of thinking that could further infect attitudes towards industrial agriculture? For market gardeners and urban farmers, it is probably worth following the emerging demise of the fossil-fuel industry. Attitudes towards fossil-fuel burning will not only affect big oil companies, but $ trillions in investments as oil, gas and coal stocks loose value. In many ways, the loss of investments in fossil fuels will hurt many investors…

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Fossil Fuel Divestment, Financial Storms & Food Gardening

Touch the Soil News #197 Food gardening for oneself, or as a market-garden business, may seem like a small ship in an ocean of turbulence. But that is the point. Big ships create their own turbulence as they bump into each other and the environment. Can food gardening and market gardening provide small ports of safety? We know everyone is tied to “fighting for dollars” in order to access things that provide our sustenance and enjoyment. Rarely do we consider that all of our eggs are in one basket – the financial dollar basket. Organizing life around dollars certainly has merits, but it is also the playing field of every…

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Will Fossil Fuel Divestment Force Agriculture to Change Dramatically?

Touch the Soil News # 152 The social pressure, to move civilization beyond fossil fuels is growing by the day. Divestitures of fossil fuel investments are becoming the new way to demonstrate “green.” Fossil fuel divestment is the removal of investment assets including stocks, bonds or other investments in fossil fuel industries. The thought is to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate renewable energy. Driving the popularity of divestments are the physical manifestations of climate change. The fossil fuel divestment movement is no small movement. It is the fastest growing divestment movement in history. HSBC bank – one of the world’s largest – recently reported that international climate change actions could…

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