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April 20, 2010

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Juan Taylor

If a person came into my yard and said they would mow my lawn for free, I would want to know Why.

thinsoldier

On 2 or 3 episodes of Dirty Jobs they showed people who collected wasted food from restaurants, buffets, fast food joints etc and quickly composted them into very rich soil.

I remember one fellow referred to his garbage dirt as Black Gold because he could sell it for a huge profit to the wineries in Nappa Valley.

Has anyone bothered to measure just how much foreign food we import because we can't produce it locally? How much of that is thrown in the trash?

Think of it! How many Wendy's, KFC's, BK's, Hotels, Restaurants do we have here?

Every scrap of imported food tossed in the trash adds up to thousands of tons of biochemical energy, vitamins, minerals, nutrients that our native soil cannot provide!

It is foolish for us to not make it mandatory that all food stores and eateries must separate their waste food for collection so it can be composted.

We can MAKE the rich soil we don't have by utilizing the remans millions of dollars of nutrients we import every year.

Munch

I for one welcome the input and investment of the Chinese despite the negativity that surrounds them in many aspects of life.
Not only can they develop a productive operation, they can teach those of us that are willing to learn, as well as create other jobs that are not being utilized at their full potential presently.
Most of the previously mentioned projects on Abaco used imported labor and their communities still stand at Pigeon Peas, The Mud and Sand Bank communities to name but a few.
In regard to fertilizers and compost, two birds may be killed with one stone. Every island has it's dump where little is recycled. I am confident not only of the ability to have a waste management facility in place (with or without Chinese assistance), that would not only recycle as much as possible, but also generate much needed compost instead of tilling it into the ground in an unusable state at the site, or incinerating it and increasing our carbon emissions.
This can be done locally and thereby eliminate the need to import the same materials from abroad to satisfy the needs of any farming project of any scale. Look at the amount of waste we continue to accept from the various cruise lines for a pittance as an example.
Everything else can follow the practiced plans of many countries of converting waste to energy. Even the U.S. with it's oil driven society is finally getting on board with this practice after abandoning the project in the late 1970's. The original 87 facilities built there are still operational today, as are the ones in the E.U. and last but definitely not least - China! The benefits far out weigh the risks.

Hog Plum

I think it would be extremely useful for the Bahamian government to study the operations of the Chinese in the African countries where they are now doing business. For one, very few or no locals are hired. 2. the absolute degradation of the land where food is produced and shipped out to global markets.
3. the amount of chemicals/pesticides used to ensure maximum productivity.
4. total repatriation of funds.
5. China has the least amount of arable land and potable water per capita and so is identifying gullible leaders like ours to convince to allow them not only to use our resources, but also to export their citizens.
I do believe, that if our leaders would read more and do the relevant research, they would not make the some of the erroneous decsisions that they do.

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