I've found it interesting to think about what if plants yielded the same return that stocks did. We'd all probably starve to death. A 10% return on your $25 apple tree would be like 2 apples a year lol!
Chris Holcombe wrote:Some people think in terms of money and I tried to gear this towards them.
many, many people think in terms of money. and I don't really see a problem meeting people where they're at. to be clear, I really liked your post, Chris, and if appealing to folks' baser desires is what it takes to get some more fruit growing, I'm in favor. I try to avoid framing things in ways that I believe cause problems, but that's just my own personal habit.
There are things that most economists seem to get wrong ... for example, I see a few hours of gardening as recreation and exercise and therapy, but they see it as a cost for some reason, and go on to disparage gardening as unprofitable. Probably the same reason that my neighbors see leaves as a waste instead of a resource.
If you are not investing time in a garden, you may need to invest it at the gym, or worse yet, at the psycoanalyst's office.
Just fixing normal things would "cost" me thousands. Of course for my time to really equal money I need to have a backlog of paying projects that I can work on instead of fun projects. A lot of times that's not the case though. Sometimes I have extra side projects I can work on in addition to my normal work.
I agree Jonathan. The time in the garden is more of a therapy/exercise for me instead of a money losing proposition. If I counted my (few) hours of working on the plants I have around the house it would certainly reduce my return on investment.
When you compare the ROI in $ on stocks vs. plants, the return on plants is better.
When you compare the ROI in any other significant way for stocks vs. plants, the return on plants is still better.
Money flowing in and out of your life is an energy loop. So I think it's totally appropriate to talk about ROI to people if that's what they relate to. Just take the opportunity to point out that ROI is a shorthand way to talk about energy!
One thing that really hit me was how many fruit trees I could buy with a single mortgage payment. By paying off my house, I was able to stop giving money to the Evil Banking Cartel and start plowing it into my land (Not literally! Don't get on me, no-till aficionados!). I now have enough edibles on my 1/2 acre food forest to feed my family and half the neighborhood in a few years.
The Left likes to argue about the evil of corporations... the Right likes to argue about the evil of government.
Well, both corporations and government have conspired against us, the small landowners, famers and permaculturists with regulations (like Paul's lightbulb video) and restrictions on what we can grow, sell, plant, eat, drink, etc. I think if more of us could see that limiting the power at the top (wherever that top may be, gov't or corporations) can be done simply by growing our own food, recycling our own organic "waste," bartering with neighbors and pulling a John Galt on the system... boy, gov't and Wall Street would start to become irrelevant.
how much calories does 25$ have, vitamins - minerals or at least fibers? how do people consume money? anyone have experience on growing money?
sorry I can't help it, i was born this way :s nothing personal only natural
branimir marold wrote: anyone have experience on growing money?
makes a decent substrate for several edible mushrooms.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote:The Left likes to argue about the evil of corporations... the Right likes to argue about the evil of government.
don't know about you but I like to argue about good think I'm somewhere in center .. in cross fire
If the US government were truly independent and representative, free of industry "pressure", the complaints of small farmers, permaculturists, etc. could/would be heard and reasonably balanced with consumer safety, and the popularity and spread of PC would dramatically increase - but we have to live with slow and steady reality.
Fast or less fast, I love the idea that "we" can do an 'end run' around the big boys by DIY, or DIO - 'doing it OURselves', and if this 'limits the power at the top' so much the better :)
Based on his extensive experience, Buckminster Fuller came to the conclusion that attacking the current situation isn't effective; designing a better and more attractive alternative. that inevitably supplants the current system. is the only way to improve things. And, of course, we ALL (in many ways and forms) are doing that! I believe that more and more people will see that Nature's generosity is the way to go, not Wall St.'s competition ethos.
nancy sutton wrote:...(Not quite so true in, for example, Canada and Germany, where housing bubble didn't happen.)
There's a tremendous bubble in Canada, it just hasn't popped yet. Haven't you sent the million dollar crack shack?
Million Dollar Crack Shack
nancy sutton wrote:I quoted what I heard Chrystia Freeland (a Canadian pundit) say on cable news this a.m.
They can't see it because they're in it. Also, the tar sands bit also keep prices stable, for now.
Australia's bubble is just starting to burst. The really scary one is actually in China. Whole cities are empty. Built on speculation.