Tuesday, April 03, 2012

If This Is A Self-Sustaining Ecovillage, Then I'm A Coelacanth

7 comments:

Houston (aka) Tots said...

I hate that thet are referred to as the 99%. They are part of the 1% that won't be useful.

If they want to be self sustaining they need to make a kibbutz on their own land.

lee said...

Maybe I just don't understand the concept of "self-sustaining. I am not sure how they grew enough wheat to grind to make the slice of bread shown in the video. The milling yield of wheat is about 75%, and I would say that a slice that size came from a decent loaf--maybe about three cups of flours. And then where did the oil come from for making the plastic used in the clear cup--unless that was corn plastic. Even so, they just didn't seem to have any industry going on their that could produce plastic--of the oil or corn variety. The fuel to run the system that produces the plastic? Not sure they could fit enough solar panels and windmills on the park to generate the powered needed to process corn--or oil--into plastic. And where did they harvest the Gore-tex thread used in the production of those lovely tents? Or does Gore-tex get sheared from a Gore-tex and then spun into thread? Either way, I'd love kto see the looms they weave the fabric on.

Oh, wait! Gore-tex is polytetrafluoroethylene and other fluoropolymer products sandwiched with nylon or polyester... Where ARE they getting their oil in that little park and where are the refineries and chemical plants? Something that small that can produce all those tents, why, there's some money to be made there!

lee said...

Oh, wait! You're NOT a coelacanth, which means they are not self-sustaining. So, no oil, no refinery, no chemical plant, no looms....

K T Cat said...

lee, I was taken by that same thought - thee's this teeny little plot of dirt with a few scraggly plants and the reporter breathlessly calls it a "self-sustaining ecovillage."

Snort.

Mostly Nothing said...

Did the propane used for the stove top there come from the solar panels, or the bicycle, I missed that part.

Dean said...

Lee, +1

It's a process. I'm sure those crazy kids will get things worked out.

Dean said...

Lee, +1

It's a process. I'm sure those crazy kids will get things worked out.