Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Plan for a better world.

Workforce Training School
A business for a better world by Henry Kroll:

·          It creates jobs!
·          It lessens the threat of terrorism!
·          It reduces America's dependence on foreign oil.
·          It creates and utilizes alternate sources of energy.
·          Our company owns 1.7 acres mile 105 Sterling Highway.
·          It takes away the reason to go to war thereby saving human lives.
·          It reduces air pollution and greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.
·          It allows people to become free and independent of the energy companies.
·          According to the EPA clean burning fuel pellets are comparable to natural gas.
·          Byproducts are animal feed, bedding, insulation, auto conversions, mulch and compost.
·          No special health precautions are necessary to handle the products.
·          Our company is a legal non-profit that can accept donations.
·          Our company can train personnel for other companies.
·          Products are non-toxic and biodegradable.
·          Our company recycles!

“In 1955, 55% of the food consumed in Alaska was produced in Alaska. Currently a mere 5% of the food Alaskans eat is produced in Alaska. If some kind of natural disaster like an earthquake or war were to occur Alaskans would run out of food in a week. To experts concerned with the health, stability and economy of Alaska this is a big problem. There is a great need for more greenhouses to ensure the safety of its population. From being relatively self-reliant and independent we have become completely vulnerable and completely dependent on the next plane. -- Danny Consenstein, Director of Alaska Farm Service the United States Department of Agriculture.

Consenstein points to three justifications for needing a better local food system in Alaska.
1.       Economics –Alaskans spend $2-billion a year on food. Ninety-five percent of that is leaving the state. Imagine if just 10 % more stayed here $200-million dollars would be bouncing around local communities.” Why are we sending all our dollars to California and Mexico?
2.       Health! “We clearly have health problems in Alaska – obesity, diabetes, especially in the Bush. It’s got to be connected to the food that we’re eating. If we can provide healthier, fresh nutritious, local food, it’s got to be good for Alaska.” He said.
3.       Security and the ability to be more self-reliant in an emergency. Advances in transportation are part of the reason why Alaska moved more to importing food than producing its own, because it became faster and cheaper to bridge the gap between Alaska and beyond. But that gap still exists, both between and the main food producing regions of the world, as well as in Alaska, with rural communities separated from main distribution hubs. An earthquake, fire, flood, avalanche, volcanic eruption or a number of other uncontrollable events could disrupt supply chains, with grocery stores only stocking enough to feed residents for a few days to, maybe a week.” We want to build aquaponic greenhouses combined with small pellet fuel plants. Can you help?

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