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Dairies So Big, It Is Dumbfounding

Touch the Soil News #388 There are approximately 65,000 dairy farms in the U.S. with the median size being around 900 cows. In the Western U.S., were dairies are larger, the herd size averages around 1,200 with a small number of dairies in the 10,000 plus range. The largest U.S. dairy has around 30,000 cows. Historically, Russia purchased much of its dairy products from Western Europe. But all of that changed in 2014, when criticism of Russia’s intervention into the Ukraine reached high levels. At that time, Russia decided to ban food imports from Western Europe. It left a big hole in the supply of milk and milk products in…

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Will Fossil Fuel Divestment Force Agriculture to Change Dramatically?

Touch the Soil News # 152 The social pressure, to move civilization beyond fossil fuels is growing by the day. Divestitures of fossil fuel investments are becoming the new way to demonstrate “green.” Fossil fuel divestment is the removal of investment assets including stocks, bonds or other investments in fossil fuel industries. The thought is to reduce carbon emissions and accelerate renewable energy. Driving the popularity of divestments are the physical manifestations of climate change. The fossil fuel divestment movement is no small movement. It is the fastest growing divestment movement in history. HSBC bank – one of the world’s largest – recently reported that international climate change actions could…

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Politically Driven Food Crimes

Touch the Soil News # 151 On Thursday, August 7, 2015, the international news agency AFP reported that Russian officials steamrolled tons of cheese, fruit and vegetables – defying public outrage – to begin a controversial drive to destroy Western food smuggled into the crisis-hit country. Buldozers in Russia commence destroying what could ultimately amount to hundreds of tons of food. The problem begins with Russia’s military actions in the Ukraine, which precipitated Western economic sanctions against Russia. In turn, Russia decided not to buy food from the West. However, in the middle of the political economic wars, many Russians fell through the cracks and have become impoverished and hungry.…

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