REVISED BUSINESS PLAN
Henry Kroll WORKFORCE TRAINING SCHOOL
Kenai, Alaska 99611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the Gods gave us dominion over the planet and Moses walked the land oxygen levels have fallen from 26% to 20%, half of all plant and animal species are extinct, 2/3rds of the rainforests have been cut down, half the oxygen producing plankton in the oceans is missing, half the fish populations are gone, oceans are polluted with plastic and oil, half of the continents have been turned into deserts, half of all arable land is depleted of minerals, and most of the topsoil has been washed downstream into the oceans. Thousands of tons of radioactive waste have been dumped into the oceans. The Chernobyl meltdown contaminated most of the food in the Soviet Union. Over five thousand nuclear bombs have been detonated worldwide. Fukushima reactors are pumping out radiation with no end in sight. Most of the land in the Middle East and Europe has been contaminated with depleted uranium. For the human race to survive the next 100 years we need to come up with a better plan.
A TSUNAMI OF EXTINCTION by Thomas Lovejoy Scientific American January 2013—“The first projection of specie extinctions came in 1980—a prediction I made in a report for then President Carter. It concluded that the pace at which we were losing tropical forests to logging and development would cause the extinction of 15 to 20 percent of all species by 2000. The calculation was not far off. Today’s red list of Threatened Species, from the International Union for conservation of Nature estimates that 13 percent of bird, 25 percent of mammal and 41 percent of amphibian species face possible extinction. Many species are on a path to become what scientists term “Living-Dead”—populations so small that extinction is inevitable. A century from now most of the big carnivores--including lions, tigers, and cheetahs—will probably exist only in zoos or wildlife areas so small as to be quasi zooz. The same fate may await all rhinoceros and elephant species and our clost wild relative: two gorilla species, orangutans and chimpanzees…..”
We are at a fork in the road where we could witness the end of western civilization.We need to create jobs and follow in the footsteps of the rest of the world by utilizing other sources of energy. This will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and save lives, save resources and eliminate wars. Corporate greed and our monetary system are partially to blame for this destruction of the environment. Maybe we should take a closer look at the Quaker and Mennonite methods of sustainable agriculture that doesn’t burden the environment?
I envision small villages or colonies of five to ten families each living in harmony with nature on five to forty acres of land. Each colony will have one or more aquaponic greenhouse capable of providing all the protein and plant nutrients with enough surpluses left over to trade with populated areas to purchase farm equipment. Each colony will utilize solar, wind and clean burning pellet stoves. Transportation costs are reduced substantially. The consumption of oil for transportation and plowing up the land will be reduced to a minimum. Sustainable agriculture is one that doesn’t burden the environment. Little or no soil is used and the only coal and oil burned will be in certain industrial centers for the production of solar cells and machinery.
Fred Murkowski of the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant is assisting Will Allen and other urban framers to develop aquaponic systems that can produce fish protein along with greens for human consumption. www.Seagrant.wisc.edu also www.GrowingPower.org
One of Will Allen’s trade secrets is using multilevel tiers above the fish tanks that effectively turn 3000 square feet of space into 5000 square feet of growing area.