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Should Food Co-ops Be a Cafeteria?

Touch the Soil News #466 One of the biggest problems the food chain faces is food waste. One of the biggest challenges grocery stores face is the spoilage of fresh produce before it is sold. Add to this that American’s love to eat out and maybe there is something to think about here. A recent Gallup poll showed that consumers voted restaurants the top business sector ahead of the computer industry. All other business sectors came in less and the Federal Government came in last. The National Restaurant Association’s research shows that nine out of 10 consumers say they enjoy going to restaurants and two in five say restaurants are…

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The Most Impacting Food & Ag Discovery of the Century

Touch the Soil News #331 Do we really know why food has to travel thousands of miles? Why does food on an average dinner plate have to be a concoction that may be sourced from several continents? For most of us, we think that the answer to this question is simply that it cannot be produced locally. Research at the University of California at Merced under the direction of Professor Elliott Campbell has just proved us all wrong. Using satellite images and soil data banks across the nation, it was discovered that 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their…

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How Much of the Free-Enterprise Food System is Unhealthy?

Touch the Soil News #302 When national governments pass laws and regulations to curb certain foods, you know the problem is big. On the radar screen for curtailment in Mexico is soda pop. Of concern is Mexico’s out-of-control obesity and diabetes rates. Mexico has the highest rate of overweight and obese adults in the world along with an estimated 10 million Mexicans who have diabetes. The latest reports reveal that 7 out of 10 Mexicans are overweight and 1/3 of the population is clinically obese. Obesity rates among the poor in Mexico are even higher. In 2014, Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter tax on sugary drinks in attempts…

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