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Urban Seed – Big Plans for Las Vegas

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Touch the Soil News #455 Urban Seed, a Las Vegas enterprise, wishes to launch a worldwide farming revolution while making Las Vegas an environmentally responsible source of high-end produce. Last week, the management team – a group of 10 highly experienced professionals in business, finance, horticulture and culinary arts – broke ground on a campus of 7 greenhouses. The greenhouses will have an incandescent green glow which will make them visible from the Las Vegas strip. The new campus will also include a production studio, commercial kitchen and event space. At the heart of the operation will be the hydroponic greenhouses which Urban Seed says will be run and managed…

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How Much of the Free-Enterprise Food System is Unhealthy?

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Touch the Soil News #302 When national governments pass laws and regulations to curb certain foods, you know the problem is big. On the radar screen for curtailment in Mexico is soda pop. Of concern is Mexico’s out-of-control obesity and diabetes rates. Mexico has the highest rate of overweight and obese adults in the world along with an estimated 10 million Mexicans who have diabetes. The latest reports reveal that 7 out of 10 Mexicans are overweight and 1/3 of the population is clinically obese. Obesity rates among the poor in Mexico are even higher. In 2014, Mexico implemented a 1 peso per liter tax on sugary drinks in attempts…

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Global Diets Are Putting People at Risk

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Touch the Soil News # 179 According to a study by David Tillman and Michael Clark at the University of Minnesota, diets in 2050 will contain 60 percent more empty calories. According to the authors, rising incomes and urbanization are driving a global dietary transition in which traditional diets are replaced by diets higher in refined sugars, refined fats, oils and meats. By 2050 these dietary trends, if unchecked, would be a major contributor to an estimated 80 per cent increase in global agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from food production and to global land clearing. Moreover, these dietary shifts are greatly increasing the incidence of type II diabetes, coronary heart…

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