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Food from Chemical Agriculture versus Food from Polluted Cities

Touch the Soil News #341 The concept of a food chain fraught with toxic practices is not new. There are many stories how pesticides and other farm chemicals harm workers, end up in the water supply, pollute the soil and taint the food we eat. The move to urban food-growing holds many promises and solutions to include things like: Helping mitigate urban waste heat. Utilization of grey water for cities facing water scarcity. Mitigate surface water runoff during rains. Reduce the distance food has to travel. Allow folks to translate labor into food (important for the financially externalized). Promote social interaction and community cohesiveness. While all of this is good…

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California – Water Cuts to Agriculture

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Following the food-chain news frequently ends up in California. Unfortunately, there has been another turn of events in California’s “water-desperation” saga. In an Associated Press article today (5/15/2015) more water curtailments are in the near future for California. Up until now, California Governor Jerry Brown limited water cuts to urban cities – requiring cities to cut 25 percent of their historical usage. Sparing agriculture from water curtailments changed today as California farmers who hold rights to water that date back as far as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country’s most…

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Feeding Ourselves Thirsty – Got Water?

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While a few people manage their investments directly, most of us – and our pension and retirement funds – employ large institutional investors. So what does it mean when a network of over 100 institutional investors – managing assets of over $13 trillion – sponsor a research project on global water risks to food? It’s obvious that few investments have any basis of sustainability unless humanity has access to an abundance of fresh water. Ceres, a nonprofit organization, directs the Investor Network on Climate Change – the folks with $13 trillion in assets. This month, Ceres released a watershed report on water in general and how the Food Sector is…

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