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The Sugar of Things

Touch the Soil News #777 (Feature photo – artistic drawing of the sugar beet – which is now a GMO crop in the U.S.) The world’s largest agricultural bank – Rabobank – is located in the Netherlands, but has offices in nations around the world including the U.S. As one of the world’s top 30 banks, Rabobank is unique in that its focus is on food and agriculture. Rare to make bold predictions or statements, Rabobank recently issued an economic report on sugar. Here are some highlights from the report: Consumer shift away from sugar has become a global trend. This is a big deal for the sugar industry and…

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Is Sugar Going to Go Sour?

Touch the Soil News #516 With the effects of sugar in health news increasing, we were interested in a recent report by Authority Nutrition. The gist of the report was all the names that sugar has which can be used in labeling to confuse the consumer how much sugar is in a product. There were so many names that it was overwhelming. Following is a list of sugars that can be in most every processed food product: A large loader loads processed sugar in a warehouse. Sugar is one of the crops subsidized by the U.S. Government – making an addictive additive cheap. Following is a list of sugars that…

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News Roundup

No Food Abundance on Earth The World Agricultural Outlook Board just published how much grain farmers produced this farming season around the world. It was 2,476,040,000 metric tons. The Board also estimated how much we would use this year. It will be 2,469,120,000 metric tons. When we do the math, the world’s farmers only produced 2 lbs. of grain more per person than what the world will buy. Now, there are lots of folks who can’t buy enough. If they had money, it is likely that this year folks would eat more than farmers produced. Watch Out for Food in Cans A recent study by Stanford University suggests children may…

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