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If I had 103 Million Dollars

Updated on July 26, 2011

Introduction

With Climate Change and the effects of Peak Oil honing in on our civilization there are some things that a very wealthy person could do to help offset these things by even just a little bit. What follows is my idea.

Hydroponic Wheat Company

Quite a while ago I found out about the Omega Gardens Carousel. It has a geek factor that makes it really intriguing to me. A very first step would be to buy one of these, install it in my garage and attempt to find a kind of wheat that can be grown in it successfully. Presuming a strain of wheat can be found that does grow, the rest of the plan now unfolds.

Find and buy some land out in the country side that is adjacent to or near a rail road and make use of the rail road to deliver the construction materials and equipment to do the building. Likely a spur line would need to be built to have rail cars go directly to the buildings where the wheat will be grown.

Build a number of warehouses that are oriented such that the roof is angled at the optimum angle for that longitude and latitude for solar energy capture. Using a combination of solar panels and hot water heating tubes, the roofs of the warehouses will provide as much power and energy to the warehouses themselves as possible.

The interior of the warehouse will be lined up with Omega Garden Carousels with an aisle down the center that has rollers to capture bins that are filled with the harvest. The bins would then be collected and brought to a threshing station. From there the wheat will either get shipped out for further processing (grinding) or will be ground on site to make flour and then shipped out.

As this Hydroponic Wheat Farm is out in the country, housing will need to be provided to workers, so housing will also be built using the same method of orientation and solar energy capture.

The next step will be to determine what the inputs are of the system (the wheat seed, the hydroponic nutrients, the water) and find ways to source that locally or to produce or capture it internally.

The goal here is to produce large amounts of wheat in a sustainable way so that as climate change wrecks existing wheat fields, this Hydroponic Wheat Company can ramp up production and expand to take the place of failing farms.

As the company develops, systems of production and distribution would be refined. If this company ends up working really well, more warehouses would be built in various parts of the country to allow for better distribution channels. As the company grows, expansion to other countries would then take place.

Conclusion

By producing large quantities of wheat, at least one commodity will have a price that remains stable or is lower so that people whose budgets are getting tighter and tighter will at least be able to get some bread. By doing it this way the production will not be affected by climate change and only moderately by peak oil. This is how I would spend the 103 million dollars.

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    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      violet - indeed, I have been reading more and more about this. Likely I would have other warehouses devoted to growing other sustaining crops. Thanks for stopping by!

    • msviolets profile image

      msviolets 

      6 years ago

      I think this plan would be amazing for gluten free grains! It would also limit the potential for cross contamination with other crops. I know you're focused on wheat as a panacea; but with 1 in 133 diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and more going undiagnosed, you might want to keep an open mind :P Interesting idea! Thank you for sharing!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      PHD - No, I haven't attempted to get funding to move forward with such a plan. I enquired about the Omega Carousel and found it cost around 10,000$; I'm not prepared to spend that much for a risky project that I don't know if I have the courage to take on.

      Audrey - thanks for stopping by!

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Interesting hub! Well thought out and socially responsible!

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I really, really love this. You have thought it through, good details for us here at HP. Have you (with more specifics oc course) tried to get venture capitalists interested to put up the money? If I had all or even a good chuck of 103 million, I would back you. Great Hub. Thanks. Sharing.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Hi Deb, thanks for stopping by, yes, anything any of us can do to help produce food in a more sustainable way will help make the world a better place.

    • Deborah Demander profile image

      Deborah Demander 

      6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Interesting idea. I think if I had a 103 million dollars, I might do something else. Buy up my neighborhood, cover half of it in green houses, and the other half in gardens, parks and walkways, created by me. And I would live in the middle, my little garden island. But then I would still have 102 million dollars, with which to change the world.

      Namaste.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Whois, could to see you - you've been away for some time. Sometimes I wonder if 103 million would be enough.

    • whoisbid profile image

      whoisbid 

      6 years ago

      Hey Phil. Great to see your passion for Peak Oil theory.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Well, if before I ship it out of my factory I turn it into flour, they don't feed flour to livestock.

    • danfresnourban profile image

      danfresnourban 

      6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      I agree that the world needs a regular supply of grains. The skeptical part of me thinks they would feed more of it to cows and then produce beef that third world countries cannot afford.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Sweetie, I am enamored with prime numbers, which is why I wouldn't choose 100 or 105. Indeed, I really wish that someday I could do this to help others.

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      sweetie1 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi phil, when i clicked on your hub i was curious about 103 million, why not 100 or 105 but i see how much you have thought about spending money which would be beneficial to humans. very well written hub.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Yep. Unfortunately I do not have 103 million dollars, as otherwise I would absolutely put this into action and get it going to employ people and produce food.

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      Robin71 

      6 years ago

      Great Idea, wish the rich had them and then acted upon them. Could possible branch out into other crops as well. If only the ones with the wealth to make it happen had the ideas. Think of the jobs that would generate and just about everyone needs one of those these days-I know I do.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I believe that the people who have 103 million dollars are more concerned with keeping their 103 million dollars as compared to someone who is concerned about feeding millions of people. If it was me, that'd be sweet.

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      Mark 

      6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Sound like a good plan to me Phil.

      Only problem is WHO has 103 million these days.

      Maybe you will soon my friend

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      It is thoroughly explained at their website - check out this link to see it:

      http://www.omegagarden.com/index.php?content_id=15...

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      Paradise7 

      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      This Omega garden idea is great. I wonder about light. I can understand how the system works hydroponically, basically. But how do the plants get enough light?

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Jon, you are welcome to create your own 'If I had 10x million dollars' hub to explain your decision and reasoning.

    • Jon Hunt profile image

      Jon Hunt 

      6 years ago

      Well, it was interesting and I learned a little something about hydroponics, which is why I voted it up. But, I personally would buy HubPages!

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Ep, thanks for stopping by. Would there by chance be any empty fields near a railroad near where you live? Maybe I don't need to start with 103 million.

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      6 years ago

      ...great mind you have Mister Phil and I certainly admire you for it .....I like the Barenaked Ladies' style title and of course your noble plans behind it - I am a fellow Canadian too as I live here by Lake Erie in Ontario on the northern shore - roughly a 2 hour drive away from Toronto.

      lake erie time presently, 6:33pm

      and thank you for your warm endorsement of my humble little hubspace.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Indeed... it seems that the only way to get into a position of power like that is to make such decisions.

    • mattdigiulio profile image

      mattdigiulio 

      6 years ago

      Me too. There is a small percentage of people who wield a lot of power making decisions that are hurting our chances. Our best hope is dispersing useful info like that above.

    • Phil Plasma profile imageAUTHOR

      Phil Plasma 

      6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      matt, thanks for the votes. I want to see the world have a peaceful descent, not a chaotic one.

    • mattdigiulio profile image

      mattdigiulio 

      6 years ago

      You would be much more responsible with this money than I, my friend. Endlessly fascinating stuff. Votin on up, interesting, useful, etc.

      Best, Matt

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