Flint’s Golden Metropolis Is Green

me•trop•o•lis (mĭ-trŏpˈə-lĭs) noun.
-A city or an urban area regarded as the center of a specific activity: a great cultural metropolis.

Aerial view of Flint Mi. Courtesy: Google
Aerial view of Flint Mi. Courtesy: Google

Here’s an aerial view of Flint’s Golden Metropolis. As you can see it’s green with some of the richest farm and pasture land around. Thus the title Flint’s Golden Metropolis Is Green. Every successful metropolis needs a strong agricultural system that provides fresh food and water for it’s citizens. Rich soil, fresh water and sunshine – Flint’s Golden Metropolis has it all.

Why not find a way for the local people to buy this land so they can turn all this green into gold real gold. Farms, ranches, butcher shops, bakeries and grocery stores owned by the local people could make Flint’s Golden Metropolis an economic powerhouse.

Instead of blowing 100 million dollars on new water pipes to “tweak the ghetto”, why not loan Flint residents some of that money so they can buy/buy into a local farm, ranch, or other related business within Flint’s Metropolis? This way Flint residents can take back control of their food production and make a decent living doing it.

Unfortunately, Flint has taken a PR hit lately with the Flint water crisis. A crisis that exposed thousands of children to lead poisoning and killed a dozen others. But Flint residents aren’t to blame. Nor is the land – it’s the Michigan politicians and city officials that are to blame.

City officials could face prison for Flint water crisis

More officials connected to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, are facing felony charges. They could spend decades behind bars if convicted. They are accused of not protecting people in Flint from exposure to lead and bacteria. At least a dozen people died as a result of the contamination, and hundreds of children were poisoned. Jericka Duncan reports.

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/city-officials-could-face-prison-for-flint-water-crisis/

When Michigan’s Governor Snyder sensed criminal activity going on he opened his own independent probe. Unfortunately, he was demanded to shut it down by “his boss” Michigan Attorney General/Dow Chemical Ambassador, Bill Schuette.

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/05/26/schuette-snyder-flint-water-probes/84971966/

~ News Flash ~

Farmer Faces $2.8 Million Fine for… Plowing His Field!

A California farmer is facing $2.8 million in fines for plowing his field and planting wheat without a permit. (A permit means the farmer must receive permission from “Mother” to grow wheat.)

John Duarte of Duarte Nursery is David going up against Goliath, just like ranchers, farmers and natural health product makers. His case could set a dangerous precedent that would require farmers to obtain expensive and time-consuming permits from the US Army of Corps Engineers before planting crops.

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.”

http://freedomoutpost.com/farmer-faces-2-8-million-fine-for-plowing-his-field/

The 1st plank of the Communist Manifesto: 1. Abolition of private property… What’s the difference between the Abolition of private property and taking control of a person’s land or property thru unusually high fines and other restrictive laws? If the local people took back control of their lands there wouldn’t these oppressive laws.

Why point out these two issues? 1) Flint’s water crisis with it’s untold damage. 2) A farmer being sued by outsiders for 2.8 million for growing wheat without getting “Mothers” permission.

Now we see what happens when outsiders come in and take control away from the local people. The outcome is never good for the people. This is why our plan to restructure Flint with it’s own agricultural base that is owned and controlled by the people can offer real benefits for all the people of Flint. People who are sure to take much better care than outsiders. The farmers back in the 1950s understood the importance of this.

Farmer Owned – Farmer Controlled – All Together

Farmer Owned - Farmer Controlled From: Hay Farming: “Grass Is Gold” circa 1950 Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division
Farmer Owned – Farmer Controlled From: Hay Farming: “Grass Is Gold” circa 1950 Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division

Just 1/10th of 100 million dollars or 10 million dollars could establish 10-12 small to medium sized farms and ranches in the Flint metropolis area. Flint residents could move out of poverty and into new homes and communities with real jobs in the newly formed agriculturally based local food industries.

Allowing Flint residents and others, to buy and operate small to mid-sized farms and other related industries would help get the local economy going again. This way most of the money would remain in the local economy. Who knows, someday we might even be able to make our own cereal again.

Kellogg's Cereal A 'Product of Mexico'
Kellogg’s Cereal A ‘Product of Mexico’

In the center of Flint’s Golden Metropolis is Flint’s Farmer’s Market which is one of the best around. (If you’re ever in Flint the BBQ chicken and the Mac n Cheese there is so good it’s worth mentioning.) The new farmers, ranchers, butchers and bakers could sell their meat, produce and baked goods at the Flint Farmers Market. Next thing you know Flint would be well on it’s way to being a food secure metropolis again – complete with great food.

Speaking of being food secure…

~ News Flash ~

May 14, 2017 Cyberattack’s Impact Could Worsen in ‘Second Wave’ of Ransomware
LONDON — Security experts are warning that the global cyber attack that began on Friday is likely to be magnified in the new work week as users return to their offices and turn on their computers.
What if their was another Cyberattack 2.0 or the economy crashes – which of the following 3 groups would you want to be in?

— Group 1 are Flint residents. They’ve worked hard at GM for 30 years and have quite a few stocks and other investments. Somewhere down the line – their money has been “securely” converted into digital numbers on a computer server in the outer Universe.

— Group 2 are also Flint residents and have a few gold and silver coins stashed away. With the intrinsic value of the gold and silver coins these Flint residents will at least be able to use the coins to buy some food – if there is any. As we see time and time again during economic upheavals the people usually end up in danger of starving to death. Then after a few months we somehow go on pretending it’ll never happen again…

— Group 3 are farmers and ranchers living on farms and ranches on the outskirts of Flint’s Golden Metropolis. Or they are part owners of butcher shops and bakeries. The farms produce fresh meats, poultry and dairy products, fruits and grains. The butchers and bakers would do their thing. Whatever happens to the global economy will have little effect on these local agricultural economies and what the farms produce. Flint’s Golden Metropolis would remain relatively insulated from the economic turmoil that the Group 1 people would experience with their Wall Street investments.

’cause when the sh*t hits the fan…
— Group 1 would have nothing. Even a major power outage or an EMT attack, whatever that is, would most likely render these and many other investors penniless. Money from 30 years of hard work converted to digital numbers on a hard drive that crashed would be devastating. Their first and perhaps last concern would be “What will we eat?”

— Group 2 would eventually shell out most of their gold and silver coins to the farmers in Group 3. How much gold and silver would be needed to purchase an Isa Brown egg laying hen or two – or a few pounds of beef? They’d pay whatever is needed in order to get their hands on anything from the farmers and ranchers in Group 3.

— Group 3 would remain in good shape as they would be able to continue growing and raising food regardless of what the globalists do to the economy. Group 3 would probably end up with most of the gold and silver coins, too. They could even pick up that new tractor for just a few head of steer, a few gold coins – or both.

(Now we can see why the Communists & globalists abolish property ownership. People growing their own food means too much independence from Mother’s tether.) So, as Americans have converted their money into digital numbers onto Wall Street data bases – foreigners are coming in and buying the land out from under us. We touched on this subject in our last blog titled From Occupy Wall Street To Re-Occupy Our Farmlands. https://hempforfood.org/from-occupy-wall-street-to-re-occupy-our-farmlands/

It doesn’t take much to realize the people currently living in Flint have very little food security. They eat what is brought to them. If the food quits coming – they quit eating.

Now that the jobs have been moved to Mexico and elsewhere many people have had to turn to welfare to eat. Just like slaves dependent on what Mother gives… Well, in Speaker Ryan’s Wisconsin, it looks like Mother wants you to pee in a cup to see if you have been violating her laws before you get your food stamps.

Wisconsin plan would cut off Medicaid and food stamps for those who refuse drug test

All childless adults applying for BadgerCare would be screened for illegal drugs, including marijuana, which is not legal in Wisconsin even for medical purposes

http://www.thecannabist.co/2017/05/25/wisconsin-drug-test-marijuana-medicaid-food-stamps/80284/

What has happened to our country?! The government took away the billion dollar cannabis and hemp industries from the free markets back in the 1930s. Then we lost thousands of jobs to NAFTA in the 1990s. It’s as if this was all done on purpose. Now that the jobs are gone, if you want to eat you’ll start peeing in the cup for Mother… Is this the kind of world we want our kids to inherit? Most of us would rather work for food than pee in a cup for food.

But wait – there’s hope!  Our pro free-market capitalist President recently tweets this out:

President Trump on Regulations
President Trump on Regulations

This is really unheard of – that a President of the United States would go to bat for the American people like this. Now is the time to take advantage… “Mother” isn’t happy with President Trump throwing out all their rules and regulations that enslave us.

Brand spanking new water pipes won’t fix our need for food independence. Real independence would come quicker if that money was set aside for the residents of Flint to build out their own modern-day metropolis complete with a Farmer Owned – Farmer Controlled agricultural base. This is another reason why it’s necessary…

The Globalization of rural America – Hell on Earth

 

This isn't a farm, it's a feedlot. Hell on Earth
This isn’t a farm, it’s a feedlot. Hell on Earth

The above photo of a feedlot reveals a lot of disturbing things about the current state of our beef industry. As you can see the feedlots aren’t about producing fresh clean meat for those in the local community. The feedlot operators have one thing in mind – making as much money as possible. No farmer or rancher can compete with this kind of Hell On Earth. This is as “cheap” as it gets.

The basic concept of the feedlots is to increase the amount of meat each animal produces as quickly and cheaply as possible. To do this they cram the cattle in together so they can’t move around much – thereby gaining weight faster. So what happens when one of the cows in the middle of the crowd needs to take a dump? What do they do? Well, they just stand there and take a dump all over themselves and the other nearby cattle.

Any company in the meat industry that could do this to these animals should probably be shut down for animal abuse and arrested for attempting to produce contaminated meat. It’s as if the actors that allowed Flint’s water crisis to go on are the same actors operating these feedlots and trying to destroy our meat supply.

A general rule of thumb says it takes 1.5 to 2 acres of grass to feed a cow/cow calf pair for 12 months. There are hundreds of cows in the above feedlot photo. Those animals should be spread out onto several farms and pastures – grazing on the lush green grasslands that make up Flint’s Golden Metropolis.

We’ve heard about the deaths and brain damage caused from the lead in Flint’s water. But, what impact is the feedlot meat having on people, you ask?

~ News Flash ~

Colorectal Cancers on the Rise in Younger Adults

By Matt McMillen, WebMD
Durado Brooks, MD, managing director of cancer control intervention at the American Cancer Society points to changes in diet over the last few decades as a possible explanation. Hormones and antibiotics used on livestock and found in meat and other animal products might reduce the ability of our gut bacteria to protect us from disease, says Brooks.

Dr. Brooks suggests hormones and antibiotics used on livestock may be the culprit for the rise in Colorectal cancer. Seems like a no-brainer since 70% of all antibiotics manufactured in the United States are used for the feedlot meat industry. The antibiotics are needed to keep the animals alive as they wallow in each others fecal matter all day and all night.

The cattle have chronic indigestion because of the unnatural diet they are being fed. Half the bicarbonate of soda (Baking Soda) in America is consumed by feedlot cattle that suffer from chronic indigestion. Source: Modern Marvels

GMO’s and CAFO’s Drive Disease Statistics and Destroy Communities

  • Genetically engineered crops and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) promote disease and destroy communities’ quality of life [The cows should be out pooping in the pastures vs pooping on each other in a feed lot.]
  • Toxic waste from CAFOs, which includes antibiotics, pesticides, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, migrates into surrounding lands and groundwater
  • CAFO waste also contributes to air pollution; CAFO workers and neighboring residents have higher incidence of asthma, headaches, and nausea

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/12/16/gmo-cafo-destroy-communities.aspx

No wonder why feedlot “meat” stinks like crap when people cook it. I’ll bet it tastes like crap too from all the antibiotics, sodium bicarbonate, fecal matter…

So now that we have a glimpse of what they do to destroy our meat by using feedlots or CAFO’s. It’s obvious – another reason why we need to take back control of our local economies, our water, farmlands and state and local governments.

~ News Flash ~

Hard Times Come to Much of Rural America

Scarcity of capital for small businesses has accelerated the crisis described in “Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’” by stunting the growth of young businesses.

Businesses in rural towns are starving for equal access to capital that has benefited urban areas for decades. Scarcity of capital for small businesses has accelerated the crisis described in “Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’” by stunting the growth of young businesses. Traditionally, a rural business owner or enterprising farmer who needed assistance to purchase farm or manufacturing equipment or even warehouse space would go to the community bank or farm credit office and acquire a loan. Today there are far fewer community banks, and those remaining lenders have higher credit and liquidity…

https://www.wsj.com/articles/hard-times-come-to-much-of-rural-america-1496603901

The Wall Street hedge fund managers/bankers or whatever they are, probably aren’t going to bother loaning a Flint farmer any money for a new tractor. But, he will gladly loan money to the inhumane feedlot operators because their profit margins are higher. This is where the people can use help from the government in the form of cash or loans.

 ~ Now For The Good News Concerning Flint’s Golden Metropolis ~

Grass is Gold

From: Hay Farming: “Grass Is Gold” circa 1950 Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division
From: Hay Farming: “Grass Is Gold” circa 1950 Allis-Chalmers Tractor Division

Grass is Gold because cows are designed to eat grass while grazing out in the pastures. Grass is their natural diet.

Flint’s Golden Metropolis has ample pasture lands to produce some of the worlds finest grass fed beef and dairy products. Thus the title Flint’s Golden Metropolis Is Green. It’s the green grass that can make the gold. Another bonus, cows that are able to graze in the grass lands don’t need the antibiotics or the Baking Soda to survive.

From a business point of view most people who have access to grass fed beef and dairy products won’t be going back to the inhumane feedlot operations for their meat.  Therefore, customer retention for the grass-fed beef and dairy industry will remain high. Farming and ranching could be a consistently profitable business for many in Flint’s Golden Metropolis.

Hemp For Feed?

Farmer David Wise of Hemp Fed Beef Company explains the role that hemp plays in his cattle feed. Hemp acts as a nutritional uptake catalyst which enables the cattle to gain lean muscle mass. “It’s really working,” Wise said. The only complaint Wise has is that he can’t grow his own hemp to feed the animals. For now, he has to get his hemp supply from Canada.

“Because of the high oil content and the fatty acids, the animals actually utilize more of their feed, he said. “They digest more of it, which means the farmer is getting more out of his feed.” Aside from hemp feed being high in protein and fatty acids, hemp-fed cattle are antibiotic, steroid and hormone free. Hemp-fed cows taste better too, he said. “It has a better flavor, a better taste…”

You can’t get “high” from hemp even though it contains minuscule amounts of THC. Since it contains THC it’s classified as a Schedule 1 drug with the US Government right along with heroin. Hemp seeds are a super food for both man and beast and would flourish in Flint’s Golden Metropolis. If and when this billion dollar industry is ever returned to the people Flint’s farmers and ranchers will be able to become even more profitable by utilizing hemp for food and for feed. #PureMichiganHemp

Modern farming techniques bring more advantages for Flint’s Golden Metropolis.

In the past, a big drawback to raising livestock profitably has been the cost of installing the fencing to keep the animals in. With today’s advances in fencing – this is no longer an issue for many. These temporary light weight fences are easily moved from one pastureland or paddock to another in a short period of time. In other words they are ideal for rotational grazing.

Portable high tech fences for farms and pastures. Photo Courtesy Premier Supplies.
Portable high tech fences for farms and pastures. Photo Courtesy Premier Supplies.

Here’s another huge advantage for Flint’s metropolis: Hoop Barns. Hoop barns are quickly replacing traditional barns.

 

Super Moo-Tel™ Livestock Hoop Barn - 26'W x 12'6"H x 100'L
Super Moo-Tel™ Livestock Hoop Barn – 26’W x 12’6″H x 100’L

This Super Moo-Tel Hoop Barn by FarmTek sells for $15,000 https://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/prod1;ft_livestock_housing;supermootel_PB01510R4W.html

Their are many advantages to Hoop Barns. They come in all sizes and are much more affordable and easier to set up than the wooden barns of the past. Ideal for housing swine, cattle, sheep and goats. The naturally lit environment and many ventilation options create healthier conditions for both animals and people. They also design hoop barns for poultry, hay, and farm equipment.

Price breakdown for a farm start-up

15 Open Angus Heifer Calf $1,000 each x 15 = $15,000
Hoop Barn for livestock $15,000
Tractor $45,000
Tractor Storage Building 30’Wx 15’Hx 30’L $5,000
1 mile of Electric fencing $5,000
Hoop Barn for poultry 26’ W x 12’ H x 24 L /with poultry $5,000
Pick-up truck and trailer $25,000 + $10,000 = $35,000
Well/ water filtration system $25,000
Total for farm start-up approximately $150,000
Farm house $100,000
Smaller farmhand residence  $75,000
Farm Start-up Total around $325,000
Farm land/pasture lands would cost $200,000+ The farther out you go the more affordable the land becomes.

Another advantage: Michigan has many properties that are listed as great hunting properties. With a little TLC many of these hunting lands could be converted into pasture lands. Why not clear some of this fertile land, lease it out and let animals graze on it? Or grow fruit and crops on it?

Here’s a property in the Flint Metropolis – 47 acres in Lapeer County, Michigan. Crawford Road, Dryden, Michigan 48428 – $286,200

This property boasts a lush green hay field that has been used for corn and soybean in the past, 100% of the field is classed prime farmland soil made up of Conover Loam, Lapeer Sandy Loam and Brookston Loam.
Crawford Road , Dryden , MI
Crawford Road , Dryden , MI
Crawford Road, Dryden, MI. Aerial view
Crawford Road, Dryden, MI. Aerial view

$286,200 for this property, plus $300,000 for the houses, barns etc. = $586,200 + $50,000 for hidden costs/consulting fees = $636,200 or $650,000. It might take a year or two for the farm to become profitable so $100,000 ramp up. Grand total $750,000

 

Another option is to become part owner of a farm or ranch. The farm could be run by a professional farming company. With some real government support, why not get a few of your friends or relatives or investor friends to buy into a farm? If five people each put in $150,000 they could own a decent farm that could produce farm fresh food and also turn a profit.

Preparing to Buy Land with a Group

Whitetail Properties writer

Like any business deal, it comes down to picking the right partner(s) and establishing a plan for how you will operate as a group. The owners need to share the same vision for the land. It’s important to come to agreements on issues, how payments will be made, what happens if someone falls behind payments or passes away. Do this before any purchase is made. Then, visit a real estate lawyer to get all these agreements in writing.

Typically, in partnerships where individuals own equal shares of the land and new issues arise that are not in the legal agreements, voting is how decisions are made.

There are several ways hunting land partnerships can be set up legally. The most common are putting multiple names on the title and establishing an LLC.

https://www.whitetailproperties.com/blog/buying-hunting-land-with-a-group

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With all the modern farming conveniences and upgrades, each new farm could get growing/raising for around $750,000. If 1 million dollars was set aside for each of these 10-12 new farms, plus a few butcher shops and bakeries – that’s only 10-15% of what they plan on wasting on the water pipe re-do. Spending 100 million dollars for new water pipes will only create temporary jobs and only for a few select construction companies. In the end Flint residents will still be living in poverty and will still be attached to Mother’s government tether.

On the other hand investing in Farmer Owned – Farmer Controlled farms and related industries would be a better long term investment for many Flint residents. These new local food companies could supply Flint’s metropolis with a constant supply of farm fresh food and many good jobs for years to come.

Psalm 82:3 “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” We can uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed by giving them food stamps, a box lunch and a word of encouragement… Or we can offer real help by allowing the people to buy the land so they can grow and raise their own prosperity on it – from green to gold. This is how we can really defend the weak and the fatherless.

Flint’s Golden Metropolis is already there in place – ready to go. The question is, will we allow the poor and oppressed to take back control of it? Yes!

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