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Interest Rate Increases – An Economic Tsunami? (part 2)

Touch the Soil News #551 (Disclaimer – while the statistics are accurate, the perspectives of this news piece are not necessarily those of Kelp4Less, but of Touch the Soil editor Benjamin Gisin.)   A rise in interest rates not only increases the burdens of debtors, but has other far reaching economic impacts to include: A rise in interest rates increases the value of the American dollar relative to the currencies of other nations. American agriculture exports roughly 30 percent of its production. If the dollar gains on other currencies, foreign nations can less afford what America produces – ditto in all other industries. When it comes to food, which is…

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Interest Rate Increases – An Economic Tsunami? (part 1)

Touch the Soil News #550 (Disclaimer – while the statistics are accurate, the perspectives of this news piece are not necessarily those of Kelp4Less, but of Touch the Soil editor Benjamin Gisin.)   Recently, there have been rumors of possible increases in interest rates. These threats have been voiced by the current Federal Reserve Board of Governors and others. Unlike the 1970s, when today’s leaders were growing up, the financial world today is in a much more compromised position. The level of debt the nation juggles relative to the economy (GDP) has been on a dramatic rise since the 1940s with the onset of WWII spending. The following chart reveals…

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Food from Chemical Agriculture versus Food from Polluted Cities

Touch the Soil News #341 The concept of a food chain fraught with toxic practices is not new. There are many stories how pesticides and other farm chemicals harm workers, end up in the water supply, pollute the soil and taint the food we eat. The move to urban food-growing holds many promises and solutions to include things like: Helping mitigate urban waste heat. Utilization of grey water for cities facing water scarcity. Mitigate surface water runoff during rains. Reduce the distance food has to travel. Allow folks to translate labor into food (important for the financially externalized). Promote social interaction and community cohesiveness. While all of this is good…

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Interest Rate Hike – Archaic Financial Thinking? (Part 2 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #261 This is the second part of an opinion piece by Benjamin Gisin. It is true a ¼% hike in interest rates is not going to topple the world. However, it is the mentality that money (capital) deserves a privileged advantage over humans and the environment that is becoming obsolete. At the heart of the discussion is inflation – when the cost of things spiral up too rapidly. Rather than providing people more purchasing power to keep up, the Fed’s plan is to push people down so that they can’t spend and thus – through a collapse of purchasing power – prices come down. How do…

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Interest Rate Hike – Archaic Financial Thinking? (Part 1 of 2)

Touch the Soil News #259 This is an opinion piece by Benjamin Gisin. While Congress debates whether the nation’s poorest workers should receive an increase in wages, the Federal Reserve moved to give investor’s an increase in income without representation by those who must foot the bill for that increase. We’ve been taught inflation must be curbed by raising interest rates. How can adding more cost to the economy (increasing the cost of debt) fight inflation? An increase in interest rates disproportionately affects the “debtors” of America most of whom are not contributing to inflation, but are being punished for inflation. Most people and businesses owe more money than they…

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