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The Cost of the Industrial Food System on Health

Touch the Soil News #872 (Feature photo – Cost of Industrial Food Systems on Health – Graphic by Global Alliance for the Future of Food – CCA SA 4.0 International) The Global Alliance for the Future of Food and IPES-Food, recently released a report that attempts to identify the health cost of an unhealthy food system. Estimates of the impact on people’s health around the globe are in trillions of dollars a year. Following are the key findings of the report on what causes global health to falter:   Occupational hazards. Physical and mental health impacts suffered by farmers, agricultural labourers, and other food chain workers as a result of…

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Future of Farming?

Touch the Soil News #403 Farm numbers tell a story. The USDA provides revealing numbers: 80 percent of the farms (1,654,000 farms) have sales of less than $100,000. Considering expenses, their production and income are nominal. 12 percent of the farms (248,000) have sales between $100,000 and $500,000. 8 percent of farms have sales over $500,000. Most of the nation’s agricultural production comes from farms with sales over $500,000. This means the largest portion of the food produced in America is done by only 165,000 farmers and their employees. Back in 1935, the peak year for farms, America had 7 million farms. (See Info Graphic #1 below) The public at…

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