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Touch the Soil News #735 (feature photo – CC SA 3.0)   Milk Dumping Low milk prices and increases in folks choosing alternatives to milk are resulting in dairy farmers having to dump milk. Dairy farmers dumped 43 million gallons in 2006, and have already dumped 78 million gallons in the first 5 months of 2017. If these 121 million gallons of milk, were lined up in 1 gallon milk jugs, the line would be 11,500 miles long – four times the distance from San Francisco to New York.   New Zealanders Looking to Eat Less Meat A recent poll by food company Bean Supreme surveyed 1,000 New Zealand residents…

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Touch the Soil News #647 (feature photo – logo of the World Health Organization)   EPA Won’t Belly Up After the World Health Organization announced that glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) was a probable carcinogen, the U.S. EPA decided to do its own research. The EPA published a report later on that said Roundup is not likely to be carcinogenic. When consumer advocacy group U.S. Right To Know sued the EPA for the documents used to determine Glyphosate’s safety last May, the EPA has been stonewalling the request. Legally, under the Freedom of Information, the EPA must provide the documents.   Tyson Chicken Tyson Foods announced that all of…

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Touch the Soil News #454 On August 1, 2016, McDonalds Corporation announced that it had achieved a complete transition away from using chicken products from chickens administered antibiotics used in human medicine. Originally the transition was not to be completed until March, 2017. In other news, McDonalds currently pays a minimum wage to all its employees equal to $1.00 over the local minimum wage. On August 5, 2016, Wendy’s Hamburgers announced that it too was going to phase out the use of chicken raised with antibiotics used in human medicine. Wendy’s said it would complete the transition in 2017. The BBC News just published an in-depth report on the hunger…

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Touch the Soil News #402 GMO Microbes – Ugh As the world is embroiled over issues surrounding GMO seeds and corporate patenting of seeds, biotech companies are now entering the arena of owning, controlling and technifying soil microbes. Soil microbes are the foundation of life. On average, a person has 3.5 lbs. of microbes in their bodies, the replenishing source being microbes from the soils. Will corporations in time seek to own the bacteria in our gut? Economics and Politics Part Company with Intelligence There is a dairy “price” crisis that is threatening European Union dairy Farmers in general and German dairy farmers in particular. The drivers of this crisis…

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