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Battles of the Future May not Be Military – But Combatting a Decline in Farming

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Touch the Soil News #345 The singular largest use of land in the world is for farming. The singular largest restructure of the world’s natural habitats has been into farming fields. In a recent article in Modern Farmer (http://modernfarmer.com/2016/03/urban-farms-japan/) journalist Joshua Hunt explains how Japan’s agricultural prowess is under siege and compromise. The earthquake and tsunami of 2011 damaged the farming practices of 70,000 Japanese farmers. Estimates are that Japan’s farming and fishing industries took a $160 billion loss as a result of the tsunami. This is not the only farming challenge facing the Japanese: In 1965, with a population of 92 million people, 73 percent of calories consumed in…

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