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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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