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Aquaponics makes farming profitable and productive

Barbados aquaponics

by Damian Hinkson

If farming were easy we would all be doing it! After all, food is our most basic need.

So it stands to reason that farming should be profitable, however that’s not the case. I will explain why using the three points below and then provide one solution to make farming profitable in Barbados.

First point is that we need to take a look at the big picture. If it was an equation farming would equal (carbon/nitrogen) + photosynthesis = calories. Each of the 3 parts requires energy inputs to bring the product to point of consumption.

Second, the source of all energy on earth is the sun and the general rule is; the quicker it can be harvested the more sustainable it is, while the longer it is stored the more harmful it becomes. (eg: hours from solar panels vs. thousands of years from oil/gasoline.)

The last point and the only one under man’s control is; control the energy and you control civilization. Unfortunately older type, harmful energy is easier to control therefore it is the type of energy our current civilization is built upon. Continue reading

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Why no solution on the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary?

Barbados Graeme Hall Sluice Gate (click photo for large)

Deliberate destruction of a RAMSAR Treaty natural wetlands

The last mangrove swamp in Barbados is being deliberately destroyed by the Barbados government – so that private interests (read ‘friends of the ruling party’) can benefit financially by squeezing out the foreign philanthropist / owner and then developing the area into condominiums and industrial parks. This is not an unheard of scenario in Barbados, especially with agricultural lands and natural / scrub / coastal areas. It also is common for landowners to spend decades trying to re-classify agricultural and other natural lands for development, only to be refused time and time again.

Then some person will come along and offer just a little bit over the agricultural value and the discouraged and beaten owner will sell. A few weeks later, the land is approved for development and quickly resold for a hundred times what was paid. That is the real Barbados!

The only problem with the Graeme Hall swamp is that the owner, a Canadian philanthropist named Peter Allard, doesn’t want to develop the area: he wants to preserve this precious natural resource for the Bajan people. Earlier Allard volunteered to have the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary incorporated into a National Park. That didn’t work out when the greedy hands of career politicians wanted their cut or NO DEAL! Now that political elite is determined to have it all.

It might take more twenty more years for the cabals to get hold of what is probably the most valuable land on the south coast, but the elites think in generations and they know that there are other foreign chickens to pluck until that time arrives. The elites own the courts and the government, so they have plenty of time.  Continue reading

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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs): Threat or salvation?

Hello BFP, Green Monkey here. You might find of interest the following article from Prison Planet:

GMOs could cause ‘irreversible termination of life’ on Earth, risk expert warns…

When discussing the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — that is, organisms bearing the genetic traits of other species or bacteria — the focus is typically on how safe (or unsafe) these novel, food-like products are for humans. But distinguished risk engineer and two-time best-selling author Nassim Taleb thinks an even bigger problem with GMOs is their threat to the planet, and the statistical likelihood that they will eventually lead to the collapse of life on Earth.

In a new study, which is still in draft form, this professor of risk engineering from New York University uses statistical analysis to make the case that GMOs, by their very nature, will disrupt the ecosystems of this planet in ways that mankind is only just beginning to comprehend. Because they represent a systemic risk rather than a localized one — GM traits are known to spread unconstrained throughout the environment — GMOs will eventually breach the so-called “ecocide barrier,” leading to catastrophic ecosystem failure.

“There are mathematical limitations to predictability in a complex system, ‘in the wild,’ which is why focusing on the difference between local (or isolated) and systemic threats is a central aspect of our warnings,” Taleb is quoted as saying by Fool.com, noting that it’s essentially impossible to contain the inevitable spread of GMO traits far and wide.

“The [precautionary principle] is not there to make life comfortable, rather to avoid a certain class of what is called in probability and insurance ‘ruin’ problems,” write Taleb and his colleagues in their paper. “For nature, the ‘ruin’ is ecocide: an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.”

GMOs are not ‘scientific,’ and nearly every argument used in their defense is flawed…   Continue reading

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Shocker: Frozen Taiwan Mahi-Mahi sold as fresh Barbados dolphin!

UPDATED: Importer to Barbados is… (drum roll please)…

Yinnex Co.
Taiwan 3 shipments total Has verified third-party data
2 shipments match west indies
…Stowed In A Refrigerated Set At The Of 25 Also Morgans Fish House Inc. 7 Gibbons Industrial Park, Barbados West Indies

Attn: Mr. Jonathan Morgan (link here)

Barbados Fish Market Mahi Mahi

We used to have to explain Bajan Dolphin to visitors. “It isn’t flipper but a fish known elsewhere as mahi mahi”.

Now even Bajans may need some explanations. As this recent photo taken at the Bridgetown Fishing Complex shows, your “fresh Bajan Dolphin” may well be defrosted Taiwanese Mahi Mahi!

How can this be? The answer is that it is easier and cheaper to import fish from the other side of the world, rather than to pay local fisher folk fair value.

Wary Bajan Fish Eater

Barbados Taiwan Dolphin (click photo for large)

Thanks to an old friend!

And from another old friend, we received this:

Yinnex Co. 17TH FL, 129 FU HSING SOUTH ROAD, SECTION 1 TAIPEI,TAIWAN S/O:1111

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Could Barbados diversify its agricultural industry with marijuana-fed pork?

Pot-fed pork selling for US$20 a pound…

Well, it’s not like we’re making any money from sugar cane anymore!

Thanks to an old friend for suggesting this video

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Confusion and intrigue as press release battle errupts over the “Sea Island Cotton” brand names.

barbados-cotton

A press release battle over which companies have the right to purchase and sell grown in Barbados cotton has journalists, news media and blogs so confused that nobody seems to know the truth about anything when it comes to “Sea Island Cotton”.

This confusion is deadly to the value of our cotton on the world market because the added value in cotton grown in Barbados comes from the brand not from the cotton itself. Our cotton is expensive to produce due to the lack of economy of scale, the higher labour costs to grow and harvest and higher processing and transportation costs to get it to market. IF our cotton is “better” than cotton grown in other places it is probably only incrementally better, and not superior enough to justify the price differential from cotton grown by China, India and other mass-scale producers.*

So what we really have is the brand, the name… and now there is confusion.

Just read the below press releases from Adlai Stevenson, the CEO of “ECCI” and rival Kyto BioPharma Inc. and you’ll see these brands or names mentioned…

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. “ECCI”

West Indian Sea Island Cotton

Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

Genuine Certified West Indian Sea Island Cotton

Another company used to market our crop as “Caribbean Sea Island Cotton

You’ll also see that while Mr. Stevenson’s press release says “We buy all West Indian Sea Island Cotton grown commercially in Barbados and process that cotton…”, that statement falls short of saying that ECCI buys all cotton produced in Barbados. ECCI says it buys all the “West Indian Sea Island Cotton”: whatever that means. The headline on the release doesn’t say “still retains all rights to ALL Barbados-grown cotton”… it says “still retains all rights to Barbados-grown cotton”

That missing word could be a big deal.

The cotton industry in Barbados has had rough times in the last fifteen years, including troubles surrounding the ownership of the brand and processing companies, with the Barbados Defense Force once sent to seize everything at gunpoint and against a judge’s order, and some of the involved foreign investors threatened and arsoned! In June of 2013 we also told readers about an  overly-slick stock scheme involving Barbados cotton.

So good luck to the poor folks who rely upon cotton to make their living in Barbados. The big money boys are fighting again.

Here is Adlai Stevenson’s Press Release, and then we’ll have the press release from Kyto BioPharma Inc….

* According to the National Cotton Council of America, the top ten cotton producing countries are (in order) People’s Republic of China, India, United States, Pakistan, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Australia, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Greece.

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. still retains all rights to Barbados-grown cotton

Exclusive Cottons of the Caribbean Inc. (ECCI), the company responsible for transforming West Indian Sea Island Cotton (WISIC) into a viable industry, has taken issue with inaccurate statements about Barbados’ cotton industry being made in a press release being circulated on Internet news websites and blogs in the United States (US) and Barbados.

ECCI says that the release and iterations of it which appeared in the US before being picked up by local media and blogs state that a Canadian bio-pharmaceutical company called Kyto BioPharma Inc., had recently announced that it was acquiring the outstanding common shares in a company called Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (BSC). The release also stated that a Jonathan Bryant will be named President and Chief Operating Officer and Director of BSC after the share exchange has been completed. Continue reading

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Company says “political relationships” enabled purchase of Barbados Sea Island Cotton

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Does Barbados really have a cotton industry?

Hey… I’m just sayin’ what they are sayin’ !!!

Kyto BioPharma Inc. Announces Letter of Intent to Acquire Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL–(Marketwired – Jul 22, 2013) – Kyto BioPharma Inc. (“Kyto”) (OTCQB: KBPH) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Barbados Sea Island Cotton Inc. (“BSC”) through the issuance of 10 million common shares of Kyto to the shareholders of BSC and BSC satisfying Kyto’s outstanding debt on closing. BSC, through political relationships, industry experience and proprietary investments in the Island of Barbados, has secured the rights to manage …

Wall Street Journal here

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