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Should You Join the Urban Food Movement for Economic Reasons?

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Touch the Soil News #495 Officials say the U.S. economy is getting better. Poverty has marginally decreased, hunger in America has gone down by a percent or two and average incomes are up by a hair. Who are we trying to kid here? Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau does what it calls the American Community Survey. In the survey, they divide the population up into 5 parts (quintiles). Each quintile represents 20 percent of U.S. households. The average household has 2.54 people. The following Info Graphic #1 illustrates income averages for the U.S. population broken up into fifths (quintiles): Translating labor into dollars is becoming more of a challenge.…

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Russian Households and Peasants – Keep a Strong Hand in Food

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Touch the Soil News #221 For most American’s, the production of food is a process materially left to large farms. The Russian people, on the other hand, still materially participate in a number of basic foods. The Russian government publishes statistics on the volume of food that households and peasant farmers (often 1 person market gardens) produce. Following are the Russian numbers of how much households and peasant farmers produce of the nation’s basic foods: Grains such as wheat and barley          26.1 percent Sugar beets                                                10.8 percent Potatoes                                                     87.8 percent Vegetables                                                 83.2 percent Meat                                                              29.8 percent Milk                                                              53.0 percent Eggs                                                              21.6 percent Fruit & Berries                                          …

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