David Wright wrote:And I thought of one more question...
10. If thousands of people get started with a savanna perrenial staple crop farming, which I think is a great idea, prices for chestnuts and hazelnuts will necessarily go down. Right now you're getting $5/lb for chestnuts, but it seems very conceivable that *if* every corn farmer in the US switched to chestnut/hazelnut, then the market would be saturated and prices could fall to $0.50/lb pretty quickly. New Forest Farm is in a great spot to enjoy the high prices for the next 15 years while the rest of us are waiting for our first crop, but then we finally get the crop and we're bringing in a tenth the projected revenue. I know this isn't very realistic (near impossible to convince corn farmers to switch, let alone changing the eating habits of an entire country), but the principle still applies even if the affects aren't quite as dramatic: prices go down when production increases. Suddenly, you're in a commodity market instead of a niche market. Any thoughts about what to do about this?
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