Been watching videos about sustainable agriculture lately, not because I want to go into farming but simply because the methods are so fascinating. And one thing that's cropping up is no-till systems resulting in increased soil health, and a focus on maintaining soil biomes.

And it struck me that this functions much the same way UBI does economically. You're taking care of the substrate, which in turn benefits the entire system.


It's a surprisingly direct 1:1 analogy, too. Trickle down doesn't work, and requires substantial effort to maintain, in much the same way as a constant rotation of corn and beans in factory farming requires increased investment in fertilizers, which means less soil retention, more damaging runoff, etc.

By contrast, taking care of your economic susbstrate, giving them funds to survive on keeps money moving rather than being hoarded, bringing life to the system that benefits everything upstream.

We all saw what happened with Trump's tax cuts. The wealthy and corporations didn't create more jobs. They used the funds for stock buy-backs and stuffed it into offshore havens.

But what happened when the stimulus checks went out? People spent that shit! And you give them a UBI, they'll do the exact same thing. Maybe they'll sit on a small portion, but most of that's going to be in motion, playing a microbial role in the economy.

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So UBI and cover crops are, in that sense, pretty much the same thing. A protection for your foundational layer that allows for increased activity which in turn strengthens the entire system.

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