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Feeding the World – The Thresher Project

Quote from article below:

It has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke of ending world hunger, yet on the eve of World Food Day, Oct. 16, the situation remains dire. The question “How will we feed the world?” implies that we have no choice but to intensify industrial agriculture, with more high-tech seeds, chemicals and collateral damage. Yet there are other, better options.


This isn’t about “organic” versus “modern.” It’s about supporting the system in which small producers make decisions based on their knowledge and experience of their farms in the landscape, as opposed to buying standardized technological fixes in a bag.

Some people call this knowledge-based rather than energy-based agriculture, but obviously it takes plenty of energy; as it happens, much of that energy is human, which can be a good thing.

Frances Moore Lappé, author of “Diet for a Small Planet,” calls it “relational,” and says, “Agroecology is not just healthy sustainable food production but the seed of a different way of relating to one another, and to the earth.”

The reason this won’t work, is the same reason @F-L-O-W, that it’s too difficult to enroll the masses…?

I’ll answer that question in our ValuDYNAMICS™ sessions to show you why values do NOT spiral, but "leaf" out before going higher, based on a lot of keys which I will outline.

Twice a year Mike sponsors a fund raiser to purchase rice to feed the poor people he is scaffolding in the Philippines. It’s not fun to continually ask people for money to help others and Mike has been working on ways to reduce the expense. Having majored in agriculture in college, Mike knows how to raise crops efficiently and since his college days he has learned even better ways to feed the world.

Below are some of his notes to his Inner Circle.

ALL of our rice was spared last weekend, but a LOT wasn’t around us.

We want to use the rice thresher to conserve our own pre-purchased rice and pick up 1 sack for every 12 sacks we run through the thresher.

Rice thresher
Dumping rice into a thresher in the Philippines

Since everyone pays in this manner due to lack of cash flow, we are going to pick up very valuable rice in this manner this year as rice is already through the roof (50 pesos per kilo, normal 30).

I’m offering our ValuDYNAMICS™ (VD) program [Note: the Early Bird tuition is $197 and the regular tuition is $297] live or recorded (the live program is October 21-24) for anyone giving $100 donation and if you do it by 10-18-13 you can have the Living at FLOW series I just completed as a bonus, this will bring you up to speed quickly on my latest thinking, add $100 and I’ll give you the Design @F-L-O-W series as well.

Just send your donation to and I’ll let Gary know to include you for these calls and recordings.

You will be interested in what I do with VD, as I’ve been talking a lot with Don Beck [he introduced Spiral Dynamics – a theory of human development] lately and we maybe turning SDi on it’s side!!

In any case, there is a new values basin intensifying and I’m going to elaborate on that as well as talk about fractionalization and dis-integration and how it applies in this new basin.

Help us help some needy people for the upcoming holidays with this rice thresher.

Philipino children who will benefit
Pilipino children who will benefit thru your donation.

Just go to and send to today or tomorrow so we can order it now.  Thanks a lot!!


I forgot to show you what a rice thresher and thresher process in the Philippines looks like.

Field of rice
Rice in the field ready to be harvested.
caribou and thresher
Thresher being pulled to it’s work location by caribou.

Including the rice thresher mover in the last picture, believe it or not, they cost $500 for one of those compared to a tractor at $5000 which requires diesel.

The mover you see, which I will purchase with the rice thresher, uses grass only!

rice bagging machine
The rice bagging machine in operation.
Filling the rice bags.
Filling the rice bags.
Finished product
The finished product ready for market and/or the food tables.

I want to get this order in as it takes 2-3 weeks for delivery and our first rice harvesting is starting first week in November.

We project we can pick up around 10 sacks a day because there are no rice threshers among our farmers and they must wait until one comes free. This way, we can probably pick up 100 sacks of rice during the harvest season (about 200 raw rice sacks at 50% yield). Those 100 sacks will be worth around 3-5k USD, which will pay for our thresher in rice!

Please review the bonuses you get for helping with a donation of $100 or $200.

This is the best way I know to leverage our money. Please help by sending your donation to right away so we can get one ordered. It takes 10 of you to get the order deposit. I have 2 so far. Please help me help them!


Many people ask me about why I’m fooling around with small potatoes when I could be helping more people with my capability?

Well, it’s not true… and yes, it’s small potatoes, but it is based on systems that keep people producing small amounts in ways they can, such as with a rice thresher to help small farmers with their crops:

Here’s a quote from this article at

As Raj Patel, a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy, puts it, “The playing field has been tilted against peasants for centuries, and they’ve still managed to feed more people than industrial agriculture. With the right kinds of agro-ecological training and the freedom to shape the food system on fair terms, it’s a safe bet that they’ll be able to feed themselves, and others as well.”

I graduated with an agriculture degree from one of the best AG schools on the planet, and I have had to unlearn a significant amount of what I learned about industrial agriculture.

I do believe that we have to rethink EVERYTHING about agriculture and how we are going to feed the world in the future.

There are so many things I can help these farmers learn, but it takes time and effort to teach them to inoculate their seeds so they build better soil, or that they can hedge their crops to finance production… even on their small plots eeking out a small amount of food to sell and eat… using caribou instead of tractors….

This is an extremely hard life. The average age of Pilipino farmers is now past 50 and climbing steadily… as few want this life. Yet, this very life holds the secret to feeding the world, we just need to meshwork what we know and what we have learned in industrial agriculture with smaller ventures and capability.

If you can help me help them, we need a rice thresher this year, please go to and send $100 to so I can get one built for them by harvest time.

Please make your $100 donation and receive tuition free entrance to ValuDYNAMICS™ [door tuition of $297] OR
— make your $200 donation and receive access to both ValuDYNAMICS™ and Design Dynamics [a combined tuition of $597] OR
— contribute what you can and gain access to our Living at FLOW audios [valued at $197]

Thanks for your support,

Team @F-L-O-W

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