Can Blockchain, Crypto, Permaculture and Nature be integrated?

in permaculture •  9 months ago

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I would like to begin with the image above and my reason for posting this article. I firmly believe that a combination of technology such as Crypto currency, Blockchain, Permaculture, Green Renewable Energy, Sustainable Food, Abundant Water, Responsible Manufacture of Goods, Environmentally friendly Logistics, Travel and Community are the key to the healthy future of humanity on Earth. I aim to address a few of these issues here so please read on if you are interested.

I watch a lot of videos and read a lot of things as I constantly want to better my knowledge in order try to produce something fruitful with the rest of my life. Despite watching many permaculture, green energy and crypto related videos today many of which inspire and educate me such as the recently posted video on the #PermacultureMedia #youtube channel regarding #CulturalEmergence, the image above was taken from a particular video created and published by #HappenFilms a channel on YouTube I urge you to subscribe to and support. The man in the image is Robert Guyton an incredible man who has achieved great things that many can learn from. The title of the video is "Thriving 23 year old Permaculture Food Forest - An Invitation for Wildness" and a great watch (linked below). As things often tend to play out I stumbled upon Happen Films by pure chance a while ago from other videos. I again stumbled on this particular video again today after watching related content. It reminded me of how powerful I thought it was the first time of watching it not long after it was published way back in 2016. What inspired me to make this post mainly was the first comment from a viewer named #JustinRhodes he quoted the following "My Philosophy in life about what to do in the world isn't to go to a pristine area and live there and enjoy your life; it's to find a place that's degraded and fix it up" - Robert Guyton. He went on to say that he loves the philosophy and that we need more Robert Guyton's in the world. I for one echo this and firmly agree the world would be better if we had many more Robert Guyton's and other such like minded people.

I for one, am guilty of wasting a great deal of time when I was young. Despite having many opportunities to advance and make money I often fritted it all away carelessly in exchange for self indulgence and fun times. I feel that for the most part that was all for a reason and it has led me to my way of thinking about how we use time, how we treat the world and the things we do in adult life. My ideas for living the remainder of my life are always evolving but for the most part for many years now they have always been focused on the environment and making the world better. The ironic thing is that even though I can now I can look back on my younger days and realise what a waste of time, resources and other decisions I poorly made I am not yet in a position to move forward at any pace with plans to do the things I feel I need to do. The issue is that I now do not have much money, I also have young children and general commitments that make it a lot harder for me to raise the money or spend the time needed researching and learning enough to build my vision. That wont stop me trying though as I will explain below.

My long term life goal is to purchase a piece of land for several purposes. Firstly to allow a great permaculture system to be implemented. Secondly for people wishing to live in tiny homes it would provide a place to bring their tiny home and form a like minded community in which everyone contributes. Thirdly a place to trial new recycling and renewable energy production as technology emerges. A way of finding the perfect balance of nature, sustainability, community, resource production, allocation, technology, energy and future expansion as it evolves. I would hope this could be used as a platform to inspire a new way of thinking. Less orientated around money and individual growth but rather resource based thinking, living and an overriding goal of community growth benefitting all.

If we were all living, working, producing, consuming within the eco system then money becomes less important but rather the time we each spend contributing to the system achieves the goal. Rather than working in meaningless positions giving away our time in exchange for money to then pay someone else or an outside factor to come in and do our jobs or supply our resources we generate our own and benefit directly from our efforts. This is just the surface though, not only would we gain back our lives, get to quit our meaningless and soul destroying jobs but we would learn new skills, find our place and begin to enjoy certain aspects of this system that we can choose to spend more of our time participating in. Producing our own food, producing and consuming our own energy, capturing, processing and reusing water and more. Well pretty soon it will become apprarent that the way we view money and time begins to change. We would instead place equal if not more value on a fellow community members and appreciate each for their unique input that directly benefits us all. Put simply the further such a system progresses the less valuable internally money becomes to each person and to the eco system overall.

Delving deeper into the financial element it would be ignorant for me to say that money will not be required within the community at all. It will of course be needed for interaction outside of the community and by no means am I suggesting an isolated and totally self dependant community, indeed, quite the contrary. All aspects of what we do, learn, produce and achieve would be done in such a way as to supply revenue from said things. Therefore excess foods grown, excess energy produced and skill sets people develop can and would of course be sold externally for monetary value as and when required. This would, for the most part, become more optional as time goes by. As we place less value on money and more value on time choices would change. Doing additional tasks purely for money, I believe, would begin to become far less appealing to someone depending of course on their mindset and long term life goals at that time. I honestly think that people when their accommodation is secure, energy is supplied, food is not scarce and general basic life expenses are a much smaller factor will choose free time over working for extra money. There will always be people who want extra money for other things such as a car, furniture, overseas travel etc.. but many will choose to spend larger amounts of their time with family, friends, reading, travelling, exploring new things as opposed to giving it away to a corporation purely for money that previously would have been used largely to pay living expenses, bills, debt and accumulating possessions.

When limitations present themselves (as they always do in the world) new ways to overcome, remain green, supply jobs, resources and retain a better quality of life with fewer constraints than the current system under which most of us live would need to be implemented. There would always therefore be dynamic work to be done and new skill sets to be learned. Some ideas for evolving and growing such a community would be to implement indoor vertical farms for things that could not grow naturally in the region, this would provide jobs, produce excess food in abundance (and healthy), it would also be able to be powered by green energy (produced by us). Forming a Hemp farm for educational, medicinal and other purposes such as production of paper, clothing, hempcrete. This in turn would also enable training courses on site for those wishing to attend. For example encouraging local schools, colleges and universities to include the permaculture site or our green energy micro grid into their students learning experience with regular hands on visits. For students this would provide first hand experience and encourage more to adopt such practises into their post education lives. Also constantly implementing new green technology in solar, wind, water and batteries as well as trying to increase production to such an excess that we can sell unused energy via peer to peer platforms emerging in the crypto space. Projects such as #PowerLedger, #WePower and more are already laying the foundations for this. Anyone in energy knows that the future is going to consist of micro grids, green energy and smart control with peer to peer sales and utilisation rather than big, dangerous, inefficient and dirty power stations.

The eco system would have an overriding ethos of sustainability and being in balance with nature. It would also have to harness technological advances and changes such as those currently taking place in technology, energy and the financial world due to things like crypto currency and ever decreasing costs of solar (although traditional solar cells as we know them will not be used soon but I may speak about that in a later post), construction, insulation etc..

Due to this diversity, abundance of work, varied technology, manual labour, administrative tasks, maintenance and engineering tasks the idea of such a system would not form a barrier to people but rather an interest and mechanism for more adoption to such a way of living. What do I mean? Well when I speak about these things many people call me a hippy or refer to communes and alienated small societies who live off grid and largely alone and independent . This, however, would be a balance of all that is good and less of the things that historically have social stigma attached to them. Firstly and always most importantly would be the whole project being nature centric. The community needs would also always remain a top priority but heavily revolving around a community sustained infrastructure that produces many services, skills and products that in turn external communities would benefit from too. Not to mention the technology and embracement of better iterations of finance that are now emerging. If ever there were a time to do this, it is now. We can finally realise these ways of living that harness all that is good with technology but in perfect balance with nature too.

I am not crazy and I also don't want to just be a dreamer. I may not have the means or the money to do this yet but I do have many many more ideas on exactly how it can work and adapt as times passes. I believe the key to any such project does not rest just with one individual but rather should be a group effort from the ground up. As mentioned above I don’t have the money myself. As a (still fairly young) self employed disabled father, on a relatively low income and having time consumed with menial tasks that prevent me dedicating it to bigger and more pressing tasks such as this I am looking to form a group of likeminded people to discuss and maybe begin taking this whole idea into becoming a reality. I therefore am currently considering investments in crypto currencies which I am now making regularly in the hope any gains will fund the beginning of this. I am also forming a new small business but it will be fairly small turnover, although it will give me a new skill set and benefit the project in more ways than just financially. Also crowdfunding campaigns have crossed my mind but not something I have got too deep into exploring yet. Initially I would like to begin meeting likeminded people who would want to form a joint venture in such a project here in the UK with the goal becoming financial freedom, independence and the feeling of enjoying doing something great in the world rather than being caged in a job they do not like or do not feel is as beneficial as this has the potential to be.

It wouldn’t stop there either, this would only be phase one. This is of course just the tip of the iceberg for my thoughts on any such project and plans for evolution of it. The best thing is that if I can have a million ideas on how this can become reality, self sufficient and beneficial for all then imagine a combined group of people all with their own minds and ideas. The outcome would be incredible and far better than anything I alone could even begin to comprehend. If such a group can be formed and funds can be raised then all people would have direct input. Even if I had vast wealth and could implement such a thing alone by no means would I ever want full control or ownership of any such thing as to do do would corrupt it from its very roots. As #SatoshiNakamoto created Bitcoin anonymously then set it free into the world for its network members to manage and use as they deem best, I feel a similar concept should be tested here too. A community voting or similar system would be implemented as a way of always extracting and implementing the best ideas thereby preventing one person or a small group of people negatively affecting things or it moving in a way the largest percentage of the community are opposed to.

We are constantly reminded of the flaws in our current systems. We also see only too clearly where modern day politics and finance have got us. If we take one thing from all that we know, then a centralised system certainly isn't working very well nor the best way of doing things. In any such community the vote of the majority should always be the key to moving forward.

I will end this here and would like to say a huge thank you for reading this incredibly long post. If you are still here at the end then I genuinely hope to connect with you soon. If anyone is interested in speaking with me, humouring an old fool and his ideas, bouncing your own ideas around or more then please contact me. In the mean time feel free to watch the video linked below that inspired me to write this post. I hope we can all achieve great things with deep purpose. The world and society are in a dire situation at present, it needs to be changed from the ground up and new better ways of life adopted quickly. This is my vision to play a part in that positive change, I hope you share common ground with at least some of the things I have spoken about here.

Have a great day folks and if any of my followers such as @ecotrain @eco-alex @davidhay @dannyshine @crypt0 @magicalmoonlight @jerrybanfield or event the lovely and awesome @heiditravels can stop by and read this then I would love to ask a massive favour for you to all please upvote this post for me. I don't ever ask for posts to be upvoted but this one is a little different to the rest. Changing the world one upvote at a time ;)

My email is: littlecineman@gmail.com

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I came here after @louisthomas resteemd this post and I am glad that I did take the time to come here.
I think application of blockchain technology is in infancy right now. This tech would one day become the core of integration of things in the world.
For me agriculture is something that is very close to my heart, since my father is a farmer.
I have always believed in the philosophy that people need more interaction with the farms and the farmers; the place where their food comes from. It was an impractical dream until I realized the potential of blockchain technology and where this might take us.
Till now farms have been places where farmers invest and reap the harvest. With blockchain technology it would be possible for the people to invest in the growth of the food that would soon come to their tables and also at the same time reap the monetary benefit of that investment a well.

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Hi @hashcash I will owe @louisthomas a thanks then. Also many thanks to you for reading this post too. I’m glad it’s something that resonated well with you and that you can see the practicalities from a slightly different perspective on how tech and farming can integrate. It’s funny you should mention about cryptos funding farms and then it going full cycle in multiple ways with financial benefits as well as the food products. As new phases of my above outlined plan are integrated I would look to possibly fund them with crypto, allowing others to assist us in growing the community and capacity of services and produce. Those people would then receive a benefit back from the sale of said goods or the option to purchase them cheaper. The whole thing just makes so much sense and integrates on so many levels.

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This is the beauty of the block chain. It decentralizes things on one end while it connects at the other :-)

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indeed it does, the future deffo looks like there could be some positive change coming soon.

that was very interesting

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Thank you @bitcointravel glad you like my idea.

A great vision you have put together here. I can particularly relate with the semi-wasted youth, but luckily we can all re-invent ourselves for the better. I found you through the #payitforward contest. You were featured by @magicalmoonlight. Congratulations and best wishes.

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Many thanks for the reply. Yes I think we all miss spend our youth to some extent and for the most part lean towards different ideals later in life.

Glad you found the post @magicalmoonlight is amazing for tagging me. Have a good day mate 👍🏻

permaculture offers -
an opportunity to discuss fundamentals, like growing food,
saving water & energy.
it's a design approach that dwells on incorporating natural patterns,
patterns that can be applied to political topics.

I hear about fractals while scanning this design discipline, where the autonomous fragment contains the whole,
where each cell contains the pattern integrity of the entire being.
Mandelbrot sets, holograms & Bitcoin.

Politics is the business of the People.
how we exchange and store our Labor is fundamental.
only Labor create Value and growing food & medicine fulfill fundamental human needs.

money is primary to this discussion.
we are at a point in history where its destruction by centralized power is shifting the Wealth accumulated by the Labor of the People into the hands of the few. this is the nature of centralized power, an unnatural pattern for permanent human culture.

fractal money in the form of cryptocurrency and the emergence of Trusted Exchange Networks are presenting a opprtunity to regain financial and political power at the individual level
restoring individual autonomy.

a network of peer-to-peer transactions where each node contains the history of the entire network exhibits a fractal pattern.

realizing our potential to create & grow Value and exchange it directly with one another is the promise that permaculture makes: autonomy in an integrated network.

pardon the short reply here, i just wandered by on someone's re-steem , its becoming a really big world inhere so i could , as i wanted to say, think of one actually implemented practical hybrid solution ::

https://news.bitcoin.com/cryptomatoes-using-excess-mining-heat-to-grow-produce/

(me : https://steemit.com/rudyardcatling/@rudyardcatling/signature-post-201804 ... for those who want to in case they need to)

no reference links and i have no actual affiliation either btw

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That was a good read. Its an interesting project and there seems to be more and more innovative ways to generate the energy, reuse the heat and solve problems associated with crypto mining. For example one idea I had was to follow a technique being implemented in Russia from a large crypto mining operation which uses the excess heat to warm homes. Using it for growing produce is another great use case. Also the fact that they are producing the energy from bio fuel is incredible too.

A great example I am going to follow Kamil Brejcha on twitter now too. Many thanks @rudyardcatling

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i'm glad i could be the catalyst then, you're welcome

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Many thanks. Also happy Earth Day mate 🌏💚

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same to you, i hope we'll be celebrating happy mars day 10 years from now to take some load of mama Terra

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i am working on the same for years.. slowly.. almost alone..

  1. i have only this page until now: http://valto.ro and many other empty domains
  2. and huge amount of notes and mindmaps, waiting to be processed
  3. groups, professionals and supporters already warmed up and in standby
  4. whitepaper sketch waiting for someone who can understand me and with good english skills
  5. experiences on the field of #blockchain #crypto #permaculture #sustainability #herbs #health #sociology #communities etc
  6. and the greatest motivation...

I know that all these technology's you have listed here are going to transform the world as we know it. This is an exciting time to live. All of these ideas working together is what will give people the power in a decentralized way that will free humanity in a way we have not experienced in written history!

Great article! BTW

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Hi @ttanarcy thanks for reading my post. Im glad you liked it and much appreciate your reply. I do agree, blockchain will transform the world and the way we do things. Lets hope great things happen as a result of this emerging revolution :)

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Lets do more than hope. Lets make it happen!

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WOW thank you for the reply and the re steem, I have followed you back. I really do look forward to the day I can just have more than hope. I am sure it will happen one day, I have a lot of work to do to get the people and the money together to begin though.

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yeah finding the people and the money is the tough part. but we found each other so that's a good start!

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We did indeed. :)

This, however, would be a balance of all that is good and less of the things that historically have social stigma attached to them

This sounds incredible and could really benefit a lot of people!

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Lovely post, and I of COURSE wholeheartly support this idea!
Please do check this post out, which is along the same lines, with some interesting blockchain features!

https://steemit.com/budget/@eco-alex/the-ecovillage-coin-a-new-approach-for-off-grid-and-sustainable-communities-my-vision-for-blockchain-based-communities-worldwide

Just HODL for a couple of years,, and in the meantime you can start reading and learning and finding your spot!

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Oh hiya @eco-alex thanks for stopping by and reading it. Glad you like what I wrote, I am going to make a cuppa and read the post you linked me in a sec.

I will deffo be HODLing for a few years. Some of my larger HODLs have been doing great the last few days such as ADA, XLM, NEO, EOS. Fingers crossed great things happen in crypto so that I can begin making this idea take off. 🙏🏻

I love this idea! I would love to live in a community like this, if only everyone did this.

Forming a Hemp farm for educational, medicinal and other purposes such as production of paper, clothing, hempcrete.

The idea of schools having a place to experience this hands on, is incredible. You have put a lot of thought into this! I will support you as much as I can.

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Hiya @magicalmoonlight thank you so much for the nice comment. Yes I have put a lot of thought into this and other similar projects to do with transportation, communication, mobile apps, food, education and more.

Sadly I don’t have much money to make any of them a reality yet. Maybe one day though. Really appreciate your comments. Have a lovely day 🙏🏻💚🌏

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That is so awesome! Rome wasn't built in a day :) Everything takes time. I am so excited to see your payout on this increasing!!

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Hello again. Yep Rome certainly wasn’t built in a day and I will keep trying. I think initially I will just try to build connections with more likeminded people so that we can create some excitement and throw ideas around. Maybe from there we can start moving forward.

It’s deffo good to see the payout going up on this. I have never had anything like that before since joining steemit so it’s very encouraging. Thank you x

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Just don't give up on your ideas. They are great and more people are slowly leaning towards that life style. I would love to live in a community like that.

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You would be more than welcome to join in if I can make it happen 🙏🏼

Hi @juicyvegandwarf. I came here via @dannyshine's resteem, so your request to spread the word did get across :D

I like it very much - the idea, the philosophy, the statement. All I can do is register interest at present. I'm not an organiser, I do not have experience of 'community', but I have largely dealt with my own alienation :) ... the type of living you describe is something I find very attractive!

You have released the intention, the unfolding will follow in sacred time 🔆

Thank you very much
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WOW super reply, thank you. I am glad you liked the post, it did take me a little while to write as it was fairly lengthy. The more time passes by the more I just feel that is where my life has to progress too. I honestly think it is what I am meant to do. I dont think lots of money, material things or other more mainstream life goals would bring me any satisfaction or happiness.

I hope you are all good and when you spoke of your own experience of alienation that there aren't any ongoing problems that are negatively affecting you. I am sure that most people, even those who mock this idea, would eventually come to realise that this way of living could provide a genuine feeling of contentment and satisfaction.

Fingers crossed that you are right about releasing the intention and the unfolding happening. Thank you very much and a big thank you of course the mr @dannyshine too :)

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You mentioned that you have a disability - this could make a long post even more strenuous I imagine!

I dont think lots of money, material things or other more mainstream life goals would bring me any satisfaction or happiness.

I don't think they yet have to any human being in the entire history of humanity :D ...and yet the myth persists in the mainstream! People are heavily bought into such myths, and therefore feel justified in mocking alternatives. I don't think it matters so much where others think I am going, as long as I have a good idea myself!

I'm well thanks for enquiring, I feel largely "de-baggaged". I had meant that although I have no real experience of living consciously and harmoniously with other human beings - where interaction and communal decision-making feature, I am in a place where I would like really like to try this and have been kinda looking with half an eye at communes here and there that I can spend some time in - or something local in Scotland where I get food/board, work on some sustainability project and learn hands-on skills like woodwork, growing food, building etc. Also, I had meant that I have largely dealt with my own sense of alienation and rejection from the common lot of humanity, and am probably in a better position than before to try this kind of communal living as I will not be bringing the baggage I previously would have. I am extremely comfy on my own and with animals and with nature. I'm friends with myself, I'm friends with spirit. That's kinda what I was saying :D

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Sounds great I like your way of thinking. Best wishes 🙏🏻

HI juicyvegandwarf,
Yes, I did read all of your post. And I enjoyed reading about all your dreams of a better world. I gather you may live in the UK. I'm not sure though. I live in Louisiana, USA and consider myself a country woman. I've lived in the country most of my life and I've lived in a few cities too: like Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta and Shreveport. I prefer the county life any day. Yes, we need solar energy, to know how to grow and preserve our own food and learn to not depend on plastic so much. We Americans are so wasteful, always robbing the earth of natural resources. I don't like it. I try to do my small part by planting a garden and keeping my environment clean.

Have you ever heard of the Amish people? They live off the land in a community much like you are describing and are very successful. Most people frown on their lifestyle, but I admire the way they live. Mostly Stress free. Please stay in touch and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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Another amazing reply that feels genuine and from a like minded person. These are just connections and discussions that would not happen on other more mainstream platforms such as, dare I say it, Facebook and the like.

I am so glad you read my post and enjoyed it. I find encouragement knowing that other people can appreciate such ideas and would want to take part. I really don’t want it to be my dream but rather a combined vision that an ever expanding group can enjoy and work collectively towards achieving. I am in the UK in Essex near London. I haven’t been to the USA but may venture there one day if I have the money there is a sense of grand adventure still there roaming the coasts, mountains and deserts that simply doesn’t exist here on our tiny island.

I deffo agree with your thoughts on renewables and life skills such as being self reliant, living on the land and preserving foods. I lack many skills but am working toward learning them. Sadly many kids of today, especially those raised in cities just do not have any of these real life skills or even much knowledge of past traditional ways of living day to day. We have lost our way in place of fast lives and technology, this is why I would like to turn that on it’s head and use tech integrated in many ways to allow a much slower and fulfilling way of life with my proposed community.

As per your comments on abusing the finite resources of the earth and our relentless misuse of plastics it depresses me greatly. In fact I have been reading a lot lately about the many uses of hemp and hemp plastic from a hemp farm on the same land would be an avenue I would like to pursue even if just on a very small scale for experimental or demonstration purposes. The way the Amish live certainly does echo a lot of the habits that would benefit such a community too. Stress reduction would be one of the many issues that plague us in modern life that I wish to eradicate as much as possible too

Thanks again for the reply I have followed you and very pleased to have made your acquaintance. I hope we do stay in touch 🌏💚🍃🌱🙏🏻

Hi! I think you would really be interested in the Transition Network and the local currencies that have been developed alongside this. When you look at the Brixton Pound for example, you can see how the introduction of this local currency enabled people to work in juts this way, creating small self-sufficient businesses and rebuilding what used to be a degraded part of London to something beautiful, artistic and self-supporting. I really think crypto can help us make this next step with permaculture :)

Having an industrial hemp farm for educational purposes is a great idea to enlighten and expose students and researchers to the many possibilities offered through this amazing crop. I wrote a research paper on this a few years ago from a U.S. perspective.

I am also seeking to create affordable, sustainable living spaces for communities through harnessing technology (blockchain, IoT) and simple living principles. I too believe that technology can be utilized to offer a sustainable, peaceful future.

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Many thanks for the reply and I am glad you enjoyed my post. Yes the hemp farm would be both productive and educational. Creating clothing, paper, plastics, oils, hempcrete and more would be great enough but factoring in exposing students and others to potentially their first experience with such a thing could be amazing.

The government really have to begin rethinking their strategy soon as the world is changing. Power will begin shifting back to the people as will money. They need to get with the times or they will be receiving a swift wake up call.

I have followed you. Hope to speak more about these things again mate.