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Tech Meets Fast Food

Touch the Soil News #548 The world’s largest restaurant chain – McDonald’s – has been experimenting with a number of changes that it is now set to rollout to all of its 14,000 U.S. locations. One must remember that McDonalds is not only competing against other fast food restaurants, but essentially for all food dollars. In the process, it is also looking to cut costs. Restaurants have come under increasing pressure from stockholders to deliver more profits in a landscape that is less than robust. Same store sales have been weakening all year in the restaurant industry pushing executives to find ways to cut costs. On the social front, fast…

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Green Sense Farms – Deeper Insight to the Change Coming

Touch the Soil News # 133 When it comes to raising food, most farmers think about things like land, tractors, harvesting equipment and chemicals. For some crops this may not change much. For other crops, particularly lettuces, micro-greens and herbs, the future may be totally different. Green Sense farms, working with Royal Phillips – a global leader in lighting – is taking a completely different approach. Capital expenditures for setting up farming include specialized LED lighting, a large indoor facility, growing towers and a physical location that puts them within 100 miles of 20 million people. Photo courtesy of Green Sense Farms – from left to right Rob Schlyer -…

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High Pressure Food Preservation – Is This the Next Food Rage?

Touch the Soil News # 131 “Treating foods with high pressure rather than high heat or chemicals is a natural choice for better maintaining flavor and nutrients,” says biologist Carole Tonello. A high pressure processing machine (photo – courtesy of Hiperbaric) Tonello works for Hiperbaric, a designer, manufacturer and marketer of high pressure processing machines. High pressure processing evenly subjects fresh foods to high pressures in the range of 70,000 pounds per square inch and higher. The effect of this high pressure is to kill microorganisms while maintaining the biochemical properties of food. Tonello explains that with high pressure, there is very little effect on a food’s flavor, nutrients and…

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When It Comes to Raising Food, Are You Part of the Inner Circle?

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Whether or not you are part of the inner circle, may determine how aggressive you pursue alternatives to the industrial food chain – read on. The motto of Forbes Magazine is “The Capitalist Tool.” True to its motto, Forbes is hosting the first ever AgTech Summit in Salinas, California on July 8-9, 2015. Now, before you get too excited about going, the event is by invitation only. Forbes is looking for several hundred of the smartest minds from Silicon Valley and global agriculture to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges. Forbes wants to connect agriculture with high tech and capital. Smart minds, technology and capital have brought many things…

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