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Will Fossil Fuel Divestment Force Agriculture to Change Dramatically?

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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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Is Monsanto Perceived as the World’s Number 1 Villain Corporation? (Part 2 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #110 –– includes 1 video While the world protests Monsanto, the question often arises: Who is Monsanto? This is a difficult question to answer. Monsanto reported that as of year-end 2014, it has assets of $22 billion and a whopping debt load of $14.1 billion. In this regard, Monsanto’s creditors are indirectly large stakeholders. So in some ways, the creditors are one of the faces of Monsanto. However, Monsanto’s creditors do not have a voting voice and are therefore more interested in Monsanto’s earnings, not what the company does to get its earnings. Stockholders use their votes to influence the business practices employed. We can also…

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Is Monsanto Perceived as the World’s Number 1 Villain Corporation? (Part 1 of 2)

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Touch the Soil News #109 includes 1 video There is an old saying – opposition strengthens your enemy against you. In this case, Monsanto is learning the hard way what fighting against the public will can do. The more Monsanto fights and employs political lobbying and lawsuits against farmers to get its way, the more the people are growing in opposition. Depending upon the poll, it is common knowledge that approximately 90 percent of Americans want foods labeled that have GMO ingredients. Monsanto’s official position (from their Website) on this issue is as follows: “We oppose current initiatives to mandate labeling of ingredients developed from GM (genetically modified) seeds in…

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