Greenhouses for Welfare

August 31, 2012 in Economics, Health, Home

Stop welfare start growing

Everyone in America can agree that welfare, while well intention,  can be abused. Without welfare there would be vast starvation and homelessness in America, so we can’t just pull out the rug, but welfare doesn’t offer the right incentives and teaches the individual nothing practical. Even the source of the money, other Americans, is rarely appreciated by the individuals who get the benefits. I owned and operated a business in an area that has a high number of social program recipients. They often asked me if they can use food stamps for gourmet food delivery; they need to get their priorities straight. But the problems in the poor areas are much deeper than welfare abuse. In the poor areas of town many of the customers are so rude that it has caused me not to advertise there, just to avoid the stress on myself and my staff. I am not legally able to communicate the conversations, but you would be shocked at the level of rudeness and selfishness I have witnessed. The worst thing is, I am glad some people have welfare so they would be less likely to rob one of my drivers for a free meal. Welfare is the cost we pay for peaceful communities.

Too many social program recipients, is not the only reason for our debt. Welfare is not the cause of the abuse, but it isn’t the best solution either. Selfishness is just a necessary bi-product of capitalism; those at the top and bottom are more greedy and most envious. There is a better way to feed our poor, which will offer a better life for everyone and reduce our healthcare expenses. Like the old Chinese proverb, “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can feed  himself for life.” We need to subsidize back yard farming and greenhouses in low income urban areas.

Starting materials for a green house would cost about $4,000 and the average welfare recipient receives that every year. The long-term expenses are only seeds, soil and water. If we compost our own soil, like they do in Colorado, we would save even more. It works like this, the city picks up your fruit and veggie scraps, sticks it in the ground then anyone can go get the nutrient rich soil.

Think of all the savings in international food transportation costs. We could cut the subsides to the farm industry giants, and maybe even offer some subsidies to middle Americans who wish to start a green house. It would even teach each new generation of the poorest Americans the value of hard work, how to cook fresh foods, and they will learn the true cost of food. My mouth waters thinking of all the good chefs that would come out of the next generation. Best of all it would produce more healthy Americans, that aren’t driving up the cost of health-care and medicare.

How can we make this happen?
Finance small businesses that want to start greenhouse construction companies.
Give a subsidy to home owners that qualify.
Give a subsidy to home owner who rent the property in depressed areas.
Give a subsidy to apartment complexes that build a multi room greenhouse for their residents to individually rent. Like the retention pond subsidy.Ask Americans to put aside the fruit and veggie scraps. Then ask local cities or companies to collect it.
City and Country park should incorporate orchards like in Seattle.
It may cost a little more upfront, but the long-term cost may just save us from collapse.

With an abundance of greenhouse construction companies it would become cheap enough for churches, schools, and most American’s to grow their own organic food.  In a well built greenhouse you can keep live fish and chicken, then use their manure to feed the crops, which means fresh fish and eggs all year round too. With so many Americans having cheap access to healthy foods we will see less disease and illness, which means less health insurance claims, less disability claims, which means an America with affordable healthcare. This could solve two of the biggest problems in America today. I call it…. a better deal.

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