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Overshoot Day was August 2, 2017

Touch the Soil News #770 (feature photo courtesy of NASA) Overshoot day, is the day that human populations begin consuming more resources that the Earth can sustain. For example, the water the world uses from August 2, 2017 to December 31, 2017 (the next 152 days) is in overdraft. Overdraft means that it is unsustainable and the amount of overdraft is not available for future generations. There are many global organizations that embrace the idea that we need to balance consumption with what is sustainable including the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, The ICLEI – a group of global cities and municipalities working together that includes most of the…

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What is the Riddle of the Potato?

Touch the Soil News #354 (By Benjamin Gisin) Years ago, as a young agricultural lender for one of the nation’s top agricultural banks, I had the chance to visit a potato farm. It was a routine inspection and a conversation ensued between myself and the potato farmer: Gisin: Tell me how much potato seed do you plant per acre? Potato Farmer: I plant about 20 sacks of potato seed pieces per acre. One sack equals 100 lbs. Gisin: How much yield do you get per acre? Potato Farmer: In an average year I will get around 350 sacks of potatoes from an acre. Gisin: Why don’t you plant 30 sacks…

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