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If the Idea Works – Money is Not the Problem

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Touch the Soil News #728 In the world of banking, the number one concept is cash flow. In short, cash flow means more money coming in than going out. If you can build a business model that can do that and demonstrate that it can be scaled up – the sky is the limit. Enter Bowery Farming. Similar to other indoor vertical farming enterprises springing up around major cities, Bowery claims it is more efficient. In fact, it claims (by stacking growing trays vertically) that it can out produce a conventional farm by 100 times relative to square footage. Bowery Farming is the brainchild of Irving Fain (co-founder and CEO),…

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African Agriculture and Tongue Twisting Financial Mumbo Jumbo

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Touch the Soil News #237 Not too long ago I heard a successful entrepreneur explain how you get wealthy – you need to own the company! Venture capitalists understand this. In the least, venture capital understands it needs to control enough of the company to siphon off “exciting” levels of return on investment. As significant portions of “exciting” profits are withdrawn, how much is left for the entrepreneur, working people, suppliers and the community? Rice Farming in Africa. African agricultural assets are being viewed as key to global investor profits. Africa is hungry for capital – borrowed or from investors – it’s all the same. To package the language so…

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Impossible Foods – Getting the Google Eye

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Touch the Soil News # 148 To get a more complete picture of what is going on here, a few words about Impossible Foods. Impossible Foods was created by Patrick O. Brown, MD, PhD and a Stanford University Biologist. The business is three years old and is located in Redwood City, California. To date, Brown has assembled an impressive staff of researchers and developers to include over 50 scientists, farmers and engineers. Their goal – make the best meats and cheeses you’ll ever eat – from plants. The team looked at specific proteins and nutrients from greens, seeds, and grains to recreate a very realistic experience of meats and dairy…

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