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I am…

30 Aug

An assistant mechanic and assistant cook.
A farm student.
In it for making money, eventually.
Leading edge progressive moderate.
Looking for the next thing.

Zen.

I’d say…

Decent understanding of farm economics + politics.

Not a hustler.

An okay Starcraft2 player.

Small creative acts= funny?

Self-made man. free will.

Online: Linkedin: Professional Pattern Detector

Machine: Words are nuts and bolts.

Blog- – tools to build http://eddiemill.wordpress.com/ A Global Organic Mindset http://twitter.com/eddiemill

#Organic is modern, 3. #Movement post in solidarity with @SlowMoney

10 Aug

“This enterprise that we are a part of, with its new organic farmers and the host of small food enterprises that are emerging to bring their produce to market, is about an economy that does less harm. It’s about rebuilding trust and reconnecting to one another and the places where we live. It’s about healing the social and ecological relationships that have been broken by hundreds of years of linear, extractive pursuit of economic growth, industrialization, globalization, and consumerism. It’s about pulling some of our money out of ever-accelerating financial markets and its myriad abstractions — called, with more than a little irony, securities — and putting it to work near where we live, in things that we understand, starting with food — creating a more immediate and tangible kind of security.

This attention to and, even, celebration of the small, the slow and the local can seem, at times, rather precious against the scale of global economic, political, and environmental challenges. But it was agriculture that gave birth to the modern economy, and, as Paul Ehrlich recognizes, it must be agriculture that we fix if there is to be a postmodern economy.”

Can someone please forward this blog to Barack Obama? The government absolutely needs to stop this foolishness and focus on what we can do to make small industry in plants. @BARACKOBAMA check your twitter replies!!!

Source for this post: The Slow Money Blog, “Will the Real Food Movement Please Stand Up” 

@BarackObama definitely needs to adopt this rhetoric: Climate and Monetary

23 Jun

Hello dear sir,
These two charts (and the accompanying articles) may very well change your presidency. As a citizen, I know that I am concerned about the future of our energy system and our performance under the long-term constraints of financial (fiscal, monetary, budget) systems. So I was very reassured by the existence of these two articles. Both are accompanied by charts which you can show to stakeholders in the government, and the sources are good as far as I can tell with some background research. A picture is worth a million words, I think you will find that here. Get your fire back, Barack! We still have to fix energy and agriculture yet.

-Eddie Miller

http://eddiemill.wordpress.com/

1.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/the-graph-all-budget-discussions-should-start-with/2011/04/11/AFmhRLKD_blog.html
The graph all budget discussions should start with thanks @whitehouse staff go USA http://t.co/8FXfl1f

The graph all budget discussions should start with -- Ezra Klein

2.
http://theenergycollective.com/davidhone/60021/usa-target-yes-according-administration
USA is meeting it’s energy targets, with a few rules and policies to not screw up now.

USA is on track to meet it's emissions targets

I’ve been thinking, just remember that government can do a lot without spending money. The role of government is not just to create and fund big social programs. I think you’ll be surprised how much Congress can accomplish if you press for the spending freeze in new bills that are written. No money, no senator buyouts, just good policy.
-EM

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IFAD’s Cape Town meeting – presenting the Rural Poverty Report 2011

25 May

http://on.fb.me/m4TXXJ #rpr2011 #ifad #agchat
IFAD’s Cape Town meeting – presenting the Rural Poverty Report 2011

Biogas makes people not poor! For lights and cooking. These cost $260 to make, the Chinese government pays half.. See biodigestors in action in China.. a new socialist village: environmentally sustainable, socially harmonious. Anything done by small farmers in China makes a huge impact overall.. Over 8 million animals accounted for in that rural sector of the world. The scope of it blows my mind. There are fantastic testimonials and a good name behind it, IFAD (http://www.ifad.org/) OECD development pages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCRps9Jnwbk #energy @OECDlive

…as long as fiscal tightening is recommended unemployment will hardly stop. The consumerism is sloppy if we don’t back our currency (US$) with real production. Instead of encouraging fiscal tightening, developed countries should thus encourage new routes to develop production markets. Vegetables, for one. Vegetables ship well at 1 and 1/8 bushel crates, can be made plentifully here in the United States, and are in global demand. Organic vegetables are another step that many farmers may want to take that ensures them a local market. Small industry, for another. Many of the parts that support small agriculture are freely available laying around the ruins of a former industrial tower.. Factories are now scrap-yards ready to make a new Economy. The industrial park, and JVS and small workshops, should not be left out of our #economic solution.

Small agriculture is doing much better this year in the United States than large monoculture farms. A wet Spring has most farmers behind already. The price of corn internationally is shown in a chart below:

Please consider what a dependence on cheap corn will mean if corn does badly this year, for the whole world we export grain to. The United States for it’s irresponsibility has left the world open to more food insecurity, even without the oil factor, from a bad season in Northern Ohio and the Central states. #Midwest, #Corn, #Sustainable. Meanwhile, at the organic farm we have 36 crops already and are busy every day. Most monoculture farms are big fields and nothing is planted yet. I find comfort knowing that my job every day provides food for Northern Ohio’s good and neediest families to eat a fresh variety of foods at a dependable price. #agchat

The end of the world today?

21 May

Not sure if it matters whether or not it is; the fact is that things need to change, and starting today I will be advocating for the new world we want to create. You must relish the chance to be fresh and start out, on your own journey/path now going forward.

We are seeing now the emergence of a new world, one where you can be anything you want to be. This class and readings were a start, but the real journey you make yourself. As you make yourself, other things happen around you. It takes off. Virally (http://www.google.com/search?&q=eddiemill) and socially, the world needs someone who can act on a good idea. This class is the start of making “it” whatever it is, new and improved.

My change continues to be in farming, working the soil and growing plants and the right way to do it. If I can keep my effort as close to the ground as possible, it’s the best work.. I feel that this echoes for anyone working in an experimental field. Do something tangible, success so that people will listen. However, our bottom lines need to be in love, nature, and success is a by-product. Often times to do anything revolutionary you have to change yourself.

-Eddie
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Nicole Foss Lecture

8 Feb

Hello everyone,
Today I wanted to reflect on a lecture that was held in Oberlin a few weeks ago. Featured was the travelling speaker and energy writer Nicole Foss. She worked on biogas and has a BSc. So I don’t have to re-invent the wheel, here’s a brief synopsis of her thesis: “Nicole believes that the depression will cause demand for energy to go down, creating further energy shortages and less and less economic growth.”

Peak oil (no longer increase production) causes the availability of a finite resource to go down, and a plateau and decline of the ability to produce it. prices to relatively skyrocket. It is a real deflation because everything seems more expensive, and a monetary inflation. Where is our energy going to come from? This is a collective emotional recession that we need to be prepared for! Notably from her presentation, this is not something that is adaptable, you no longer have a source.

1. What are the sources?
Cheap, easy sources are almost expired. See my other post where I actually have a picture of how an oil well stops up. However, you have to put back in more energy to harvest a single unit from these sources. We need about 10:1 energy return:investment for the same socio-economic complexity by her calculations. This is about what we have now. 5:1 means a real decline in the capacity to do work. A recession, even without finance.


Tar sands are expensive in money terms and energy, making them less “efficient” in net energy return on investment, and lay in national parks which is illegal, and destroys the water system in that area.
Coal is getting destroyed morally that we could even mine more of it. It is not just in burning it, but in it’s whole life cycle that it is harmful. If it were to replace oil… would require a thousand times more of it…
Nuclear, while feasible in China, is no longer feasible here because of regulation and the “NIMBY”‘s- “Not in my backyard!”. Very notably, nuclear fission is not compatible with any social upheaval– it requires a lot of different components going right in society. However, that’s the kind of energy quantities we’re talking about satisfying.
Natural gas … she said something about it but I do not know much about. It occurs with oil. Fracking is dangerous/evil.

Utility-scale renewables are a key innovation, which happen to also require a new grid and for society to reduce the amount of energy we need. It requires a lot of work (and.. government subsidy) in R&D before it is competitive in price/kw*H as the ones above. I even heard a dirty fuel exec on the radio support this policy.

Since energy is one of the main focuses of this blog, I will post the Huppert’s curve- where your peak is and a steep decline after. Oil production and in the future. Speaks for itself. We need to find an alternative soon, because the oil will run out.

2. My notes from the conclusion:
Mutually reinforcing virtuous circle of optimism.
Our markets: are food, the dollar, and emotion.
Since God is a force for good, faith will let me make the right decisions going forward.
Economy- Supply & Demand (not indicator), agricultural, value.
…MISSLER’S…

Is this a giant Y2K-type threat?
Could fusion save us?
Some technological innovation?
–> would just encourage our bad habits, inequality..
&& Q. Would the world still be a habitable one afterwards with climate change..

3. Recommendations: Move forward within the scope of what you can achieve… Continue reading

Business …”but some are more equal than others”

3 May

Lower MC and, technology brand differentiation Economics

These are some of the empirical evidence of behavior we see from firms: expand production, decrease costs. Maximize revenue, and decrease total costs of operating for that quarter. It’s efficiency, it’s profit, it’s also… unfair.

Why? Because none of the Economists have thought to model decreasing marginal costs yet.

Here’s how it works:
Transnational companies lower the cost of basic office processes in a number of ways. Back-office outsource tasks to India, vertically integrate with suppliers of parts they need, build factories in other countries to produce for bigger markets. All these things require some set-up work (note: really energy-intensive and also capital), but once they are in place factories offer huge benefits to the cost-per-unit. The same is true with factory farms.. This cost-per-unit is the one you can’t compete with. It’s decreasing marginal cost. The largest 500 multinationals control over 1/2 of world trade flow, and 1/5 of GDP (Feenstra, Taylor 229).

One of my best posts ever talks about how Agricultural trade doesn’t work for poor people. It was something I intuited after being in Costa Rica (all the big companies opening up are American), and then in Development Economics when talking about the benefits of NAFTA to LDCs. It’s odd, because the benefits aren’t so clear other than business. In fact, some people are really hurt (in Economics terms, the ones with the higher MC). Like Mexican campesinos… poor guys have nowhere to sell their corn. It’s corporate-level scale economies.

Anyways, here’s the accompanying Economic model we’ve been studying that proves it. Follow along..

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A Systems Perspective 3: Nature and Econ

26 Mar

Post! Executive Outline:

Economics as a guide to policy|discipline|business|development typically undervalues Marginal Cost.
1. Resources *Natural capital to make manufactured stuff*
2. Oil is artificially low
3. Other environmental inputs= services
4. The commons

An increase in Marginal Cost would universally better off society.
1. Reduce | Reuse | Conserve –> Lessen material dependence
2. Reduce Energy/person –> Secure our country from Middle East
3. Focus on efficiency –> Reduce waste which hurts services
4. Produce less corn.

Finally, a policy solution without silly cap-and-trade or clean energy, which generates revenues by being harsher on unsustainable businesses.Increase the marginal cost of resources, to decrease their use. Read on, dear reader. But be prepared to comment if you finish it all.
-EM

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A Systems Perspective 1: Resources in Country growth

22 Mar
What we make & have and how we get it.
This is one of my academic posts based mainly on class theory of International Economics, History, Geography, and IR, along with my development economics post Agricultural Trade Doesn’t Work for Poor People , and a sociology posting The Next Globalization is Local . Today I explore the hypothesis that we ascended to economic empire by resource-use (and debt- other post & Other Post Nicole Foss ..) reliance in Economic growth, and use that to extrapolate outwards in my blog about a response to a pending resource recession.
1880-1953

The US ascention to greatness

I hope to prove with this post, like all my other posts, that Economy is not separate from the environment, and history has a large impact on the future of the USA. Information about online
masters degrees
is available for people who want to further explore global growth and economics issues. Advanced study is often beneficial for moving toward a full understanding of the complexities of our modern economy.

Economic history growth of the Economy:

World Economic Finance and how we ascended 1879-1945: the United States grew absolutely and relatively in relation to other countries at this time, due to capital intensive production (steel), resource intensity (factories for export and trade), and internal composition of our business sectors during this time. Conditions for growth were ripe, and there was a ton of land for taking. We expanded our transportation infrastructure, cultivated a secondary (internal) demand for goods and services, and invested heavily in our non-renewable resource extraction (table 1). In California, as an example, “earthy goods” of timber, gold, coal, oil, fish, agricultural products, natural gas and energy are a big source of productivity, combined account for around 40%-70% of where people were employed in productive California (table 2). There was a 64% resource intensity gain of GDP during this time period that we grew 1879-1941.. Just look at these tables:
Resource development is a compelling and under-told story of history.

Walker, Richard A. 2001

Often, this value depletes the source it’s built on. It’s sort-of a “resource bonanza” capitalism that made private property, surplus, money and investment; in a word <b>growth</b>. Where did this welfare come from? Since the industrial revolution, production systems did change a lot during this time, and regional transportation networks took off like the modern-day internet. But if we’re looking to replicate real growth in other countries (or our own) in the present day and avoid recession, it necessarily involves real. production. on this sort of scale by human means. And it better be sustainable, too.. It’s hard to imagine a future society with no environment left. FYI, there are plenty of precedents for recovery for the US but most often it’s going to war that eventually gives us the boost.
for a recession: see other post

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Contents

23 Dec

Edward Miller | Quality leadership | “A Global Organic Mindset”

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Blog Categories Table of Contents:

Economy
Economic Recessions- 12/22/2009
The Next Globalization is Local- 12/19/2009
Ecological Economics, the Science of Sustainability-3/8/2009
Echoing Green and Social Entrepreneurship-2/23/2009
Agricultural Trade Doesn’t work for Poor People-12/09/2008
Plan, and Structure (Original Post)-
Transition- 11/6/2008

Farming
“Tell Me About Your Home” Maximus of Gladiator – 12/17/2009
Paul Farmer, Haitian Doctor for the Poor- 12/7/2009
Let’s be Thankful- 11/23/2009
From Thoreau, a Business Mentality- 11/16/2009
Food and Climate Change-10/3/2009
The Community Reality-6/11/2009
Julio- 4/28/2009
International Assessment on Agricultural Knowledge, Science, Technology and Sustainability (IAASTD Paper)- 12/12/2008
The Organic Development Paradox-11/03/2008 *Over a year ago and still actually one of my best posts*
New Entry Sustainable Farming on Twitter-(Current)

Climate Change and the Environment
MAPSBLOG: The Day Copenhagen Failed- 12/18/2009
MAPSBLOG: I support Tradeable Emissions Permits for Greenhouse Gasses- 11/29/2009
350 for the Economy- 11/21/2009
MAPSBLOG What Could have Been: Uniting Diverse Groups for Social Change.-10/29/2009
October 24th post: 350 as an Inspiration- 10/24/2009
Reconnect with your Greenfire
Awakening the Dreamer-10/27/2008
StepItUp09 on Twitter (Current)

Experiences, Journal
“A Million Little Pieces”-12/01/2009
My Life at Small Planet-10/02/2009
If I was..-9/15/2009
Back in Boston- 9/08/2009
“A Different Perspective: Participatory Action Research”-6/7/2009
Anda Tranquilo: Nicaragua-3/27/2009
Into the Wild (Weekend Away with Nietzche)-3/14/2009
My “intellectual” Baggage was Stolen!-2/23/2009
“Culture Shock”-2/8/2009
In Defense of the Word.-12/17/2008
A Day in the Life- 12/09/2008
On Exploring10/25/2008

CHANGE to SUSTAINABILITY: The POWER OF IDEAS
Group-led versus revolutionary change- 11/10/2009
Visions of a New Moral- 10/10/2009
If I Were an Anthropologist..-6/29/2009
Paulo Coehlo: Ser como el Rio Que Fluye
Cultivate a Worldview!
Change to the Masses (!)
Reconnect with your Greenfire
Enough of What’s Wrong-11/19/2008
My Reactions to Change, the Election, and Barack Obama- 11/6/2009
Bioneers, Humans and Development10/26/2009

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