[ExI] Universal basic income

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 23:44:37 UTC 2017

On Jan 17, 2017 2:33 PM, "William Flynn Wallace" <foozler83 at gmail.com>

re Spike's point about giving away food:

Thousands of tons of food, such as peaches, are dumped on the ground to rot
because they don't meet the association's standards for retail sale.  The
people you would give them to would not buy fresh peaches anyway, so it
can't hurt the market.

Transporting them from the many distributed fields where they grow, to
wherever the homeless are, costs a nontrivial amount of money.  (This is on
top of harvesting the reject produce.)  In fact, transportation is one of
the larger portions of the cost of food.

(Even if you moved the homeless from city centers to a field, they would
only be at that one field, so you'd still need to transport from the other
fields.  There are far more fields than honeless.  This is merely the
simplest reason why moving the homeless to fields is generally not a viable

A better solution would be to hook those farmers up with food processors
who will take non-retail-grade peaches to make, for example, peach jam or
peach pie.
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