Resolution H2O: Agriculture
By: Marcus Perriello | Our Voice Contributor
Quite simply, agriculture is the bedrock of any civilization. It is the foundation from which all people produce and receive the necessities for sustaining life. The Earth has been around for billions of years and has experienced conditions and situations we as a species have only imagined – all of which has led to where we are today.
But as the human population continues to grow and food sources continue to deplete, we are seeing a parallel between our food and the fertility of the soil that bares it. Capitalism has completely disregarded the importance of a healthy environment and reduced the necessities for sustaining life to mere numbers; inanimate disposable tools as a means to an end. This plundering and pillaging of our planet’s resources without working on ways to revitalize the environment in which these resources are produced will ultimately lead to war, famine, and our eventual extinction. But there is a solution: That’s right, you guessed it. THE HYDRODOLLAR SYSTEM.
Since the Hydrodollar system is directly tied to the global water table metric, agriculture is the system’s first (and most crucial) point of contact beyond the water table. As we being to clean up our environment and nature begins to show signs of better health, the stabilizing of the climate starts to yield more ideal living conditions for all life, starting with cleaner water. As plant and animal life decompose and integrate into the top soil, the fertility of the soil is enhanced. As more water meets the soil, more resources emerge. The more resources are produced, the greater the potential GDP, which means a more robust and thriving economy, along with higher intrinsic value to the currency!
However, to ensure that resources are not simply gobbled up and their growing conditions are not diminished, there must be changes made to our system of waste disposal with regard to biodegradable waste. We normally just throw our garbage away and be done with the matter. But the ever-present question in this situation is: What happens to the biodegradable materials once we’re done with them?
One method of reforming our waste disposal system to improve environmental conditions is Seed Banking. Instead of throwing away seeds from the various fruits and vegetables we consume, saving the seeds and redistributing them back to the soil can be incredibly cost-effective as well as revitalizing to the environment. This has the potential to create jobs while adding value to the currency, strengthening the system and ensuring our survival. In combination with moving towards a Green Energy grid, the air quality improves which means the plants and animals begin to exhibit signs of better health, resulting in a more bountiful and more nutritious food supply.
While there are more ways to revitalize the soil, there is still the matter of Corporate Greed. Companies like Monsanto have proven time and again just how little they regard the health of the environment, and all life within, in their ruthless pursuit of greater profit. Because our current monetary system is one based on debt and as such it expands forever, prices continue to skyrocket putting more strain on consumers – which includes businesses. With the Hydrodollar system in place, the incentives are turned upside down, forcing companies to adjust their policies and practices to better align with the more positive incentives the system provides – including the intrinsic value factor which, by design, lowers prices as the ecosystem becomes stronger and supplies are more plentiful.
in every biological industry from food production to pharmaceutical applications, the Hydrodollar system emphasizes the need for companies to reform their philosophies, policies, and practices to meet the requirements dictated by the incentive package embedded in the foundation of this system. Doing so not only ensures the survival of the environment and all life within, it also forces companies to recognize the need for and means to employ appropriate measures that make working conditions healthier and safer.
Due to the fact that automation is rapidly expanding to countless areas of the business world, Farming and Agriculture is yet another indicator in pointing out to us the need for Universal Basic Income as jobs are either outsourced or eliminated altogether. In the United States, most Americans are not willing to do the jobs that Agriculture requires to remain viable in a Capitalist society. Prices soar when fewer workers are able to tend to the fields, which leads to crops failing and economic slowdown. Taken to the extreme, this can lead to outright famine. With the Hydrodollar system, farmers can use its flexibility and fluidity to their advantage. They can employ more people without risk of excessive price hikes, or invest in better technologies to both automate some farming jobs and provide workers with the tools needed for them to be more productive and safe.
Agriculture on an international scale has even greater potential in this case. Various agricultural hot spots of the world are all different in that what the soil produces is never the same in one area as it is in another. Chemical compositions across the globe are constantly changing due to Climate Change and human activity.
If the Hydrodollar system were to be adopted worldwide, the agricultural sector would see a growth spurt like never before. Prices would level off and lower over time as supplies grow to meet demand. The food supply itself would be far more nutritious due to the changes in agricultural practices as the result of the incentives built into this system. Also, because the global water table cannot be owned by any one person or number of people, corporations cannot monopolize the markets and eliminate opportunities for others.
The health of corporations is dependent on the health of the systems in which they operate. Big corporations must allow for smaller companies to thrive without risk of corporate intrusion for the purpose of higher profits; and because this currency system is tied to the health and abundance of natural resources, the better the environment does, the more resources there are. There would be less incentive for corporations to buy out competitors and monopolize the markets. This would further prove the effectiveness and power of the Hydrodollar system as one that works and serves all people and not just the greedy few.