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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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siliconshaman
Feb. 10th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hmm, you know it wouldn't be that expensive, possibly less so than a traditional 'grown-in-the-dirt' farm would be... it might well be a do-able thing for a farming collective or co-op for homeless people/disadvantaged folks. Also one could reuse materials, like using milk crates for holding the plants, keeping the costs down.

It certainly would be an interesting re-use for a disused factory, like a food processing or diary factory for a start [saving on clean-up].

Come to think of it. If the systems were designed on a modular format, then one could scale the hydroponic systems depending on the available space and/or demand.

nimitzbrood
Feb. 10th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
No...it wouldn't be that expensive...

It'd be a shoe-in for the government to create it and a lightweight investment for a decent person of investing capability.

And yes modular would be the way to go in theory but custom for each building allows for savings on pump costs, etc. So it works out either way.

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