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Hydroponically yours....

February 10, 2009 11:32 AM 2/10/09

So I posted my hydroponics re-juvination plan to the White House website but haven’t heard anything. Frankly I don’t expect to hear anything but it would be nice if I knew they were at least listening.

I brushed by the plan in a previous post so I’ll step-by-step it here.

1) Purchase and empty old local manufacturing centers that have gone bust but pass EPA cleanup inspection.

2) Install large-scale hydroponic systems in them. Nothing “clean room” style but just good simple production tanks/pipes with standard plant bulbs.

3) Grow local fruits and vegetables all year around.

4) Sell those local fruits and vegetables at local stores that will accept them or local markets.

5) Invest the money made into building more hydroponic centers and adding off-the-grid technologies for powering the centers.


Now this plan does several things.

1) Local labor is used to build and maintain those plants.

2) The fact that they are local means the transport for the food uses less fuel. This causes:

        a) The food to be cheaper.
        b) The food to be fresher.
        c) More local transport jobs.

3) The hydroponically grown food is healthier.

4) The growing cycle is divorced from the weather. This causes:

        a) The food to be available all year around.
        b) The food to be less expensive all year around.

5) Since people can’t live without food it’s the one thing they _have_ to spend money on. The money spent for food from these centers would go back into the local economies in the form of jobs and suppliers.

6) Since these plants would be fairly cheap to build/maintian then eventually the profits will exceed the costs of the system and money would be available to put into something else. Especially if making them off-the-grid sustainable is made a focus.

7) The more our food supplies are off the grid the more divorced they are from our current infrastructure. This will help stabilize at least the food side of things in our economy/culture.


BTW this idea is free for anybody. If you want to use it or have the money/time/will to set one of these centers up then more power to you.

We need all the hearts, minds, and hands we can get! ^_^




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birdbard
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
Great ideas! We have something similar on a small scale here near Ithaca NY, and it's run by Challenges Industry, which puts "other abled" folks to work. It's call Finger Lakes Fresh: http://fingerlakesfresh.com/newsite/

These could be warmed by local grasses turned into heating pellets, or even gasification/sterling engines (I just heard someone talk about how these are 98% efficient, but don't know details). This touches on some of it: http://www.indusscitech.net/F.C.Kohli.htm

So many good ideas, and finally an administration that might actually listen!
nimitzbrood
Feb. 18th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
We can but hope! :-)

Though I think siliconshaman is correct and this idea would do better as a 501c objective if I could find funding to start it up.

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