Suppose you knew that the world was headed toward an environment of decreased globalization and supply chain integration, less food and energy security, and increased costs trading costs.

How would you profit from it?

@argentum Localizing production capabilities (generally moving from mass production to smaller lot sizes and usage of local resources).
Shorter and more resilient supply chains.
Favoring designs that are repairable using little tools/resources.
Vertical farming instead of relying on imported pesticides and fertilizers.

Alternatively, as a big company: Cornering and monopolizing local food and energy production, then bleeding the population dry.


@wakame I can see localizing production as a major advantage, since moving manufacturing closer to your market reduces delays to market or additional transport costs.

I'm skeptical of the notion of vertical farming. My understanding is it requires even more energy than traditional farming. I think if it were profitable, we'd have done it on a large scale already. Maybe agriculture subsidies are making this less competitive?

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@argentum Regarding vertical farming: I think profitability is one big point. We currently use oil products to make fertilizer to extract as much food as possible from the soil. That stuff is (comparably) cheap because we only pay with environmental destruction.

I guess it depends on the overall calculation. And the kind of food you produce. Algae for example doesn't need sunlight as long as they have warmth.

Also: More farmland => less trees => less CO2 being removed from the atmosphere.

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