The Getting Away From Your Power Company Movement

Positive Future #706 (Feature photo – Sonnen Back-up Battery –  CCA SA 4.0 International, Sonnen GmbH) Estimates are that 1 million California homes have solar panels, but only 19,000 have batteries to sustain them when the grid goes down. Now, Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that in 2020 – largely in response to power company…

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The Farm Appliance for Grocery Stores

Touch the Soil News #1566 (Feature photo – Babylon Farm Appliance – courtesy of Babylon) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) tells us about how food growing appliances can develop a new form of local foods – foods grown in the grocery story. While it may not apply to heavier vegetables like potatoes or carrots, leafy greens are…

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A Giant in the Making?

Positive Future #680 (Feature photo – Rivian Truck – By Richard Truesdell – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74717988) CleanTechnica journalist Steve Hanley brings us stories of the new electric pick-up manufacturer – Rivian – is planning to lower prices when vehicles become available. Employing over 1,000 people, Rivian, like Tesla, is a force of…

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What is a “Ghost” Kitchen?

Touch the Soil News #1506 (Feature photo – Commercial Kitchen – Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication, Raysonho) Phil Lempert (https://www.supermarketguru.com/) brings us the story of ghost kitchens and ghost supermarkets. Ghost kitchens are a remote-location food kitchen built solely for preparing food to be delivered – no customers here. You can see…

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Babylon Microfarms – Bringing Food Sovereignty

Touch the Soil News #1498 (Feature photo – Babylon Micro-Farm – Courtesy of Babylon Microfarms) Babylon Microfarms from Charlottesville, Virginia provides a venue for becoming more food independent. The provide a high-tech growing vertical hydroponic machine, heirloom seeds, supplies, growing directions and they monitor your hydroponic machine for you. Called “Guided Growing”, you can learn…

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Farming on Mars

Touch the Soil News #1494 (Feature photo – Surface of Mars – Public Domain, NASA) IN Future news portal bring us the story of how the UAE (United Arab Emirates) is spending money today to fund scientists along the paths of closed environment living and farming. Their premise is that when we go into space,…

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Who Is Looking Out for Food – If Politicians Have Other Priorities?

Touch the Soil News #1484 (Feature photo – FAO Headquarters in Rome – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, Scopritore) If you answered the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) you are right. The FAO is the only international organization that tracks global hunger and strives for sustainable goals to food and agriculture. However, reaching everyone…

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