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Jobs Feed People – The World Needs Both: Jobs and Food

Jobs Feed People – The World Needs Both: Jobs and Food
by Colle and Phyllis Davis

The world population grew from perhaps 0.1 million in 130,000 BC to 770 million by 1800.

Gregory Clark, A Farewell to Alms: A Brief Economic History of the World (Kindle Location 491). Princeton University Press. Kindle Edition.


October 31, 2011, the population was 7 Billion. That tells us the population has grown from 770 million to 7 BILLION in 212 years. The population has grown TEN TIMES a 212 years and the earth has not gotten any bigger. - Colle Davis, President, Portable Farms LTD

The main concern of NGO’s and many support organizations is to provide food for people who are in crisis, conflict or simply need to be kept from starving. In fact, it’s a proven fact that a child dies of malnutrition every five seconds somewhere in the world. 

It is true that millions of people are starving in the world from PEM (protein energy malnutrition). What is much less well know is that there is plenty of food to feed everyone on earth a diet that will both keep them alive and in good health. The problem of starvation is political.

In, the United States, where one in six people go to bed hungry each night and more than 50 million households are having difficulty providing food for family members, more than than 30 tons of uneaten food was dumped in landfills.

A study through the Department of Agriculture has determined that about 10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Narrator, Matt Damon: This powerful short clip by U.S. State Department reminds us that we will need to feed an additional 1.8 billion people by the year 2030. CLICK HERE.

The politics of power interferes with the transportation of food from surplus areas to areas of need. There is an abundance of food, but a problem of distribution will eventually end because the demand for more and higher quality food by the growing middle class will outstrip the ability of the food growing regions to keep up with that demand.

We have about six years before this crossover happens and then real starvation due to lack of food overall begins.

Pick any area in the world which is experiencing starvation and what you will find it is their government creating the problem. Those in power are refusing to allow the transportation of food into the affected area. They have an agenda to strangle the opposition to their power by literally starving the voters in the region. Better to have a few thousand or million die than cede any power or make concessions. 


Those type of rulers days are numbered because of the new forces at work in the world today. Mobile phones and the Internet are making this type of genocide harder and harder to pull off. As people in the affected area acquire cell phones they are less intimidated by their government and are able to find food and support on their own. The game changing aspect of mass media is forcing governments to be increasingly more and more repressive and brutal in order to stay in power. 

The lack of jobs is also a contributor to starvation. When unskilled people do have jobs a very strange phenomenon happens, they figure out how to make ends meet. These masses of unskilled workers who have jobs actually find ways to buy food, raise a family, have a living space and even buy a mobile phone. There are huge numbers of people around the world who make less than US$2 per day and have figured out how to buy a mobile phone. When they do, the life in their family, tribe and village is immediately impacted and made better. They are no longer isolated and alone. They have a very powerful tool to make their life better.

The first programs funded by the microloans distributed in poor countries were for sewing machines and mobile phones, often the first phone of any kind a village possessed. The immediate and dramatic effect was that people began to find markets for their wares and sell at better prices so they made more money for their efforts. This created many new jobs providing work for local villagers.

Job creation is the poor stepchild of government’s efforts to keep their populations quiet. NGO’s almost never consider this aspect of a community’s needs and the International efforts by the UN and other governments to help people find jobs is very sexy or high enough profile to rate good media coverage. Jobs are mundane. Providing long term, permanent, full time jobs is critical to the success of every country in the world. Why? Because there are so many of these people and they are very easily influenced to violence if they do not have jobs.

People with permanent jobs almost never take part in demonstrations. They somehow figure out how to feed their families, provide them with shelter and ever send their children to school on very little money AS LONG AS THEY KNOW THEIR JOB IS PERMANENT.

Even in countries with low unemployment (there are very few of these now) the rate of unemployment among the unskilled is always higher than the general population. Countries with high unemployment have a disproportionate percentage of the unemployed who are unskilled or semi-skilled labor. These unemployed are a huge and growing concern for governments. The Arab Spring would not have happened without the Internet and the large masses of dissatisfied unemployed.

Is it possible that there a program which, first and foremost, creates jobs and secondarily produces very large quantities of organic food? Yes, there is, and it is available to governments, investors (excellent ROI) and concerned organizations that realize the end of the world as we knew is coming to a grinding halt and a new world is beginning.


Commercial 10,000 sq ft Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Botswana, Africa

Commercial 10,000 sq ft Portable Farms Aquaponics System in Botswana, Africa

With a single investment of US$1 million by a really smart governmental body, a single investor or group of investor or even a really astute NGO, the program puts to work between 30 and 40 unskilled people and can produce over one million pounds food per year on one hectare of land. The land only has to be relatively flat and level, can be non-contiguous and must have access to approximately 1,000 gallons of water a day. Solar power can be use because the energy requirement is so low a 10,000 sq ft (1,000m2) Unit takes less energy to run than a small house.

How is it possible to do all of this in one program? The magic is provided by the purchase of a Territorial or Country Portable Farms Aquaponics Systems Technology License and implementing the program in a country or territory. The country, investor or organization that steps up and invests in the PFAS Technology License is insuring their future and will receive the support and gratitude of those being hired and being fed. 

For more information see the Licensing Page of Portable Farms LTD website.

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