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Is Russian Ice Cream Better?

Is Russian Ice Cream Better?   Touch the Soil News #861 (Feature photo – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) We love ice cream in America, but the Chinese now consume more ice cream than the United States. Chinese ice cream consumption now stands at 4 liters per person. At approximately 2 lbs. per liter, China’s 1.4 billion people consume over 11 billion pounds of ice cream a year, a four-fold increase since 1996. The U.S. consumes about 8 billion pounds of ice cream a year. The Chinese, are familiar with the brands we are. The largest sellers of ice cream in China are Haagen-Dazs and Dairy Queen. Together, these two companies…

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The Cost of Not Eating Your Fruits and Veggies

Touch the Soil News #773 (feature photo CCA 2.5 Generic) The Canadians have come up with a way to measure the cost of not eating enough fruits and veggies. The Canadian Journal of Public Health found that three quarters of Canadians fail to meet the Canadian Food Guide recommendations for daily intake of fruit and vegetables. Two years ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control estimated that only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruit and veggies. Here is where it gets interesting. The Canadian Journal of Public Health reports that the deficiency of Canadians in eating fresh fruits and veggies costs Canada about $4.39 billion a year. There is…

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What Americans Think of Food

Touch the Soil News #607 (feature photo – CCA 2.0) One of the world’s leading “market intelligence” agencies (Mintel) recently reported on American attitudes towards food. You can read the full release at: http://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/resolution-refresh-less-than-half-of-americans-consider-their-diet-to-be-healthy By the numbers, here are highlights of the research:   58 percent consider their diets to be not healthy 38 percent agree that healthy foods are worth the added expense Only 14 percent agree that regulatory approval indicates a food is healthy Only 16 percent trust health claims on food and beverage packages Only 23 percent agree that guidelines for diet published by the USDA are good for them 28 percent believe a food is unhealthy,…

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Soozies Doozies

Touch the Soil News #470 (Feature logo courtesy of Soozies Doozies) This is a frivolous news piece as it caught our eye amidst so much other serious stuff. Soozies Doozies claims to be the only all natural, non-GMO, with many organic ingredients, no preservatives, refrigerated cookie dough. They are fashioned after a homemade recipe, bake in less than 12 minutes (conventional oven) and contain 20 individual pieces of cookie dough ready to heat. All cookie dough-pieces are easy to separate and bake. Soozies Doozies owners Olivia Kelvin and Robert Stanton are not your average foodies. Olivia is a food scientist with experience with several large baking companies. Robert is an engineer…

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