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https://permacuberevolution.com/?wpam_id=20




PermaCube Revolution
Did you know that you can use your 401K to start an organic food production business? It's actually pretty easy! The ULTIMATE solution. PermaCube Revolution is the most efficient and diversified food and energy system in the world that we're aware of; creating vital food, and even clean water and energy.


from $10,000 - $15,000

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1646lsgrcWY
PermaCube Revolution system described with 3d diagrams!


I hear all the right words
but I think they may be
overselling it a bit

 
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I'm not sure I like the idea that they're encouraging people to give them their retirement funds for a "system." Feels a little scammy to me...

 
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Personally I cringe when I see current 'buzz words' being used in the naming of a product. Doesn't really mean anything about the product itself, but I think that's a common tactic of 'big business' when it wants to cash in without actually supporting the underlying philosophies. I think that's how organic lost so much of its meaning.
 
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Sorry but no . Lots and lots of plastic $ 10,000 yes $ 10,000 for stuff you could make your self or buy as separates for much less
Solar dryer
Chicken tractor
Veg beds
Aquaponic set up
Green house

For 5000 $ you could buy a good set up and make it your self for even less
 
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Looks like a really fun way to throw money down the toilet. If you spent $1,000 setting up your own aquaponics system from recycled materials, I expect it would produce more food.
 
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Or you could just buy $10,000 worth of food. I bet you could get some pretty good food for $10,000.

 
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On the whole issue of using your 401k to start a business, it is possible but involves setting up a specific corporate structure, setting up a retirement plan within the corporation that allows 100% investment in company stock, and then rolling over your old 401k. In other words, there are a lot of steps and you'll probably need professional help to do it right which may cost a lot relative to the $10k purchase price the permacube is advertising.

http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/05/financing-a-business-with-your-401k.html
 
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I watched a few of his videos. It's mostly a guy talking. The Perma cube is represented in computer graphics but not as an actual artifact. This leads me to believe that it's simply a concept in his head. I did a Google search looking for Perma Cube reviews and came up with nothing.

There's an old guy from Australia who does videos concerning his aquaponics set up. The video show real plants in real green houses with real fish in real tanks. Then he eats a real fish with some real vegetables. Somewhat more compelling.
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