“Id like to build the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees and snow-white turtle doves”
Where has that late-60’s and early 70’s idealism gone?
What would you say about looking for a world where the gunja and everything else grows twice as fast. Where you didn’t need propane burners to create the CO2 for indoor growing.
Imagine the enourmous cost in terms of capital equipment and the burning of fossil fuels that it would take to provide ubiquitous hydroponic equipment to every farmer in all the poor countries of the world.
What if we could do it for free?
WHAT IF WE COULD DO IT FOR FREE?!!!!
Would not THAT be the dream of dreams. The great Utopia. The most wonderful gift that that the world could get?
And the funny thing is WE CAN. All we need to do is leave the free market alone. We need a campaign to deregulate anything which gets in the way of COAL-BURNING. We need to make it socially unacceptable for anyone to get in the way of investment in coal to liquid-fuel conversion and coal to electricity generation. We need to take a global approach and make sure this hateful anti-peace and anti-love behaviour is put a stop to anywhere in the world.
Here is what BC Hardcore says about optimal growing levels:
“BC Hardcore uses CO2 sequencers and controllers that measure air density and then turn the CO2 devices on and off to maintain a 1,500 ppm CO2 level in the rooms. CO2 units that can generate 26-38 cubic feet of CO2 per hour are generally adequate to maintain 1,500 ppm when used in pairs in rooms that have 10-20 lights.”
“Most CGE growers use sensors to monitor air and other factors to ensure an ideal growing environment: 73-78°F (23-25°C) temperatures, 40-55% humidity, 1,500 ppm CO2, constant air flow and aeration, and scrubbed air.”
We have a way to go to get to this more beautiful Utopian world. Apparently we are currently at only 380 parts per million of CO2 in the air. But BC Hardcore has spoken. And what we ought to be looking is 1500 parts per million.
The way things are going we are so far away from this it just isn’t funny. The current growth rate of CO2 appears to be 0.4% per year. Now I estimate that at this rate it will take 344 years to get to this Utopia.
Now that would be GREAT.
Here is the maths:
1.004 to the power of 344 equals 3.948
So it would take 344 years to get to BC hardcores reccomendation if we kept on growing the atmospheric CO2 at its current rate.
Now there is something else to consider here. BC Hardcore is making an ECONOMIC DECISION as a commercial grower. It might be that in reality 2,000 ppm is an even better level. But then you might have to burn heaps of propane to get and maintain the levels this high and perhaps this would not be worthwhile.
BC Hardcore uses the same system to get rid of spiders, insects and other pests. He turns it up to 10,000 parts per million for one hour to kill all these critters off. This is fatal for the little critters and very hazardous even to big humans.
So we just have to remember, I think, to whack the carbon tax on once we get to 1500ppm. Thats how we get our workers paradise and our world of nature, love, 12 string guitars and limitless gunja.
Want to find out more about the wisdom of BC Hardcore?
Here is where to find him:
Here is another link. This time its CO2 enrichment for the growing of tomatoes. The reccomended level is 1000-1500ppm.
So we are back to this 1500ppm magic figure.
“Carbon dioxide is necessary for growth, and optimal levels for tomatoes may be two to five times the normal atmospheric levels (1000 to 1500 ppm CO2 versus ambient levels of 350 ppm). Plants can deplete the CO2 in a closed greenhouse in a matter of hours, significantly reducing growth rates.”
“The normal atmospheric level is about 340 parts per million (ppm). Research has shown that plants are able to use more CO2 than is available in the atmosphere (up to 1500 ppm) to grow larger and faster. CO2 enrichment in your grow room has the potential to dramatically increase your yield with little cost.”
There goes that magical figure of 1500 parts per million again.
Here is one where CO2 reduces the damage done to Pine trees by ice storms:
Here is one where CO2 improves cotton growth:
“It was inferred from the results that while increasing the yield future elevated carbon dioxide levels will not have deleterious effects on fiber quality if nitrogen nutrition is optimum.”
Here is one where the writer thinks that a CO2-enriched environment enriches the soil with carbon AND nitrogen. Thus also mitigating the build-up of CO2 since a lot of C (ie carbon) will remain imbedded in the soil.
Now it might be that 1500 parts per million is a best figure to aim at. And it might be that when we got there if we still needed to finance governments as I suspect we will then the carbon tax might be appropriate at that point.
So I’m saying that, as a first draft to find out what could be wrong with it, we don’t plan any generalised carbon tax on until the atmosphere gets to 1500ppm and we would have such a tax sufficiently strong to keep the atmosphere in the 1500ppm to 2000ppm level.
Strange things start happening at 2000ppm. Cucumber leaves start bleaching and stuff. So lets say we make sure the level is betwenn 1500ppm and 2000ppm. With the carbon tax whacked on in order to keep the CO2 level atomosphere in that range.
And maybe just maybe that CO2 will have a strong enough warming effect, particularly up high in the mountains, to retard the growth of a new wall-of-white death glaciation.
And we ask ourselves…. What sort of a world will this be?
It will be a better world.