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Got Pork?

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Touch the Soil News #554 The huge meat company Smithfield owns brands like Weight Watchers, Armour and Butterball. Smithfield began operations in 1946 and fell under criticism by the USDA in 2006 for becoming too big after buying out dozens of its competitors over the years. Ironically, in 2013, the U.S. approved the sale of Smithfield to Chinese pork conglomerate WH Group. At the time, Smithfield was the world’s largest pork processor. With Smithfield in their pocket, The WH Group just now happens to be the world’s largest pork processor. Incidently, the WH Group just purchased California’s largest pork processor – Clougherty Packing LLC which owns the Farmer John brand…

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Update on Bee Losses

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Touch the Soil News #459 (feature photo – CC 4.0) Approximately 35 percent of global crop production and 85 percent of all flowering plants rely to some degree on pollination. So when we hear about bee colony collapse, the whole idea is unnerving at best. Recently, a group of 17 scientists, government researchers and NGOs came together to discuss the dangers surrounding the loss of pollinators. Led by Professor Mark Brown of London, the group came up with some hair-raising discoveries: The consolidation of the agri-food industries was the single biggest threat to pollinators. Corporate control of agriculture on a global scale risks homogeneous use of land that could damage…

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Will Industrial Agriculture Go the Way of Fossil Fuels?

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Touch the Soil News #445 A couple of years ago the fossil-fuel divestment movement got started. Essentially, the idea is that investment funds rid themselves of any investment connected to fossil fuels. Two years ago, some $50 billion worth of investment funds committed to exit fossil-fuel investments. Today, the number of dollars committed to not touch fossil fuels is pushing $3.4 trillion – a seventy fold increase (http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/). Much of the divestment movement gets energy from the larger “climate change” momentum. Earlier this year, the world celebrated having 1 million plug-in cars of various types on the world’s roads. Globally, for the first five months of 2016, Inside EVs reports…

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