Agricultural vs. Urban seasons

A wall mural of a circular abstract face beaming on the city.
Photo credit: Daquella Manera, sourced from The Art Around Us on Flickr, originally sourced from Albus Cavus’s website (currently 404)

Increasingly disconnected from the natural rhythm of the year, people huddled in cities insist the the seasons begin and end at the solar points of the year, winter and summer solstices, spring and fall equinoxes.

In practice, the seasons are all about farming. Continue reading “Agricultural vs. Urban seasons”

US Green Economy growth

Under Obama’s watch the US Government stopped collecting data about the growing green economy in the USA[MSN]. But by 2016, when Trump won the election, researchers at University College London estimate 4% of citizens worked in the industry sector and supply chain, and it accounted for 1.3 trillion USD[Nature]. That is 20% growth from the time the US Department of Labor stopped tracking the industry in 2013, and the data used by the researchers in 2016 four years later, with an estimate 9.5 million FTE.

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Scale

The Fairphone[O] is a super-cool device which conscientiously sources its parts to avoid human exploitation and conflict minerals. But apparently this social consciousness in the supply chain cannot scale.

Which is really sad. Because the company’s inability to source enough material to even approach the public interest and demand suggests no other business should follow their practice – they will be in competition with Fairphone for what is clearly a very limited supply.

The first release was met with disappointment everywhere not in Europe—the product would not be sold elsewhere. When planning version 2 there was talk about a non-EU release. But at release Fairphone said not this time, but next time.

#FP3 is in pre-order, releasing ‘soon’. Fairphone will not be selling this one outside Europe either.

So a good idea runs aground on the reef of reality; despite massive demand, particularly in North America, the economies of scale invert.