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Part 1: Changing consumers igniting food revolution in Minnesota

Minneapolis Star Tribune    Translate This Article
16 December 2017

On 16 December 2017 Minneapolis Star Tribune reported: Millions of consumers around the world are making similar choices -- to buy and eat food that is more pure and produced in ways less harmful to the environment. Those decisions in the grocery aisle are transforming the agricultural economy of Minnesota and the Midwest. Farmers are under pressure from consumers and food companies to adopt new techniques that take less of a toll on the environment, and to take better care of animals they raise. ... Sales of organic food, the most recognizable segment, have doubled in the past decade to about $47 billion in 2016, according to the Organic Trade Association. While organic represents only 5 percent of total U.S. food sales, it is growing much more rapidly than overall food sales. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of health and environment, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

Jack Weber's neighbors thought he was crazy when he started rotating four different crops through his fields, cut back sharply on pesticides, and stopped breaking up the soil between plantings. ...

But Weber, a 34-year-old who got into farming after two tours in Iraq, wanted to rely less on chemicals to manage pests and diseases and more on the soil's natural biology at his farm in Hendricks, Minnesota. ...

Weber didn't intend to break from convention. When he started farming, he used the same methods everyone else used.

His first few years were a disaster.

His fields produced mediocre yields, and the soil kept washing away in deep gullies. If he'd stayed the course, Weber said he is convinced he would eventually have depleted his land until it was unusable, either for himself or future generations.

'We did stuff the wrong way for a few years,' Weber said. 'The only people I had ever talked to before that were conventional farmers.'

Then his father-in-law, a district conservation officer with the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services, suggested he try some new techniques that might improve the health of his soil. ...

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NOTE: This is Part 1 in a 4-part series.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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