Friday, July 31, 2009

SymbiosisAG Vision

 July 31, 2016

To create a preofitable company that is delivering the highest quality soil remediation and plant vitality, bio-stimulant products achievable. To extend via technology transfer the benefits of this product to other places combined with the best methods available for food and water system sustainability while ensuring community and peoples highest quality of life.

Flow of Process
    Production scale up
    Tech transfer methods

Currently SymbiosisAG has a refined, quality product. Through an agreement with the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources we have assured supply of invasive Carp fish as our primary input for our first product.

Although this product is excellent for any soil or plant system, we have identified no-till farmer as a primary market. No-till farming is rapidly expanding in the U.S. In Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa alone there are 1,500,000 acres in no-till. And this number is growing.

To rapidly move into several markets, and to match supply with demand, we require capital to scale up production capacity.

Additionally, we need to add staff in all areas including production, sales and marketing and business development.

SymbiosisAG has been in R&D for 13 years and is ready for delivery to practically any market that grows plants of any kind.

Our product was designed to help heal our soils without any harmful effects to our soil, food, or water systems. Additionally, because we are using an invasive species of fish as our primary ingredient we are also addressing several environmental problems, the extent to which are difficult to measure either environmentally or economically. All we might indicate is we are transforming a severe environmental dilemma into a highly beneficial line of products. Here is a brief summary of benefits:
   - begins to address carp infestation
   - derives a highly beneficial soil and plant amendment product,
   - utilizes resources of Pokagon/Potowatomi nation, providing highly needed employment and business
   - creating a model for sharing the processes of production and business development to other places and
       people of need (e.g. Colombia, Costa Rica, Africa, India, Asia, etc.)
   - our vision is to commit 20% of profits towards technology transfer and extension education

Because our team has been involved with agriculture for several decades, we are aware of the challenges being faced at every level, including depleted soils, polluted water, food lacking nutrition and the highly deleterious effects of currently used fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. We have an unprecedented opportunity to totally disrupt and realign these "problems" and bring food and fiber production back onto a sustainable course.

While focusing on creating a highly successful and profitable company our team is already taking steps to share benefits with other countries. Currently we have projects underway in Colombia S.A. and Jamaica (also see India, Uraguay, Nepal, Cuba, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mexico).

Our intent is not to expand our operations in those countries, but to utilize technology transfer and assist people in those places to develop businesses. Of course we will be highly involved in that process to assure success.

Next Steps
As stated before, our greatest challenges are capital costs to scale up production and build our sales and marketing staff. Preliminary customer response to our product is positive. Companies like Monsanto and Dow are rapidly losing market share as people are realizing the disastrous effects of putting their products on our soils and foods. We have created this highly beneficial and natural product to replace those companies products for large, or small scale uses. We need now to make the public award that they have a choice. To do this will require sales and marketing staff.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Poris - Will to Live - Bogota

The Will to Live

I had the great fortune to meet an incredibly courageous man last week. His name is Poris and he is my ex-wife Martha’s cousin.

Poris experienced an incredibly traumatic accident in about 1992. He was hit by a car in Bogota, Colombia. The place where he was thrown was in water where he laid for a few hours with no assistance. Water seeped into his head. Several bones were broken in numerous places. His brain had been saturated with water.

Arriving at the hospital he stayed in a coma for about ninety days. When he came out of the coma the doctors told him he would never walk or talk again because of brain damage from the water on the brain.

Poris decided not to believe what the doctor’s told him. Of course he recognized that damage had been done but he decided that their diagnosis would not determine his fate. Martha, provided Poris with inspirational books such as Louise Hay (You Can Heal Your Life) Wayne Dyer (Your Erroneous Zones) and others. Even though it was an incredibly arduous process because the brain damage affected his eyesight, he made up his mind not to give up.

In order to accomplish certain goals, such as re-learning to ride a bike, even before he was walking again, Poris bought a bike. He made up his mind to ride again. Today Poris rides a bike. He exercises every day like clockwork.

I met Poris when we traveled to Bogota, a huge city, to pick up my Visa to stay in the country. It is one of the most complex cities that I have ever driven in. And I have driven in many since I was a professional driver (part-time) for 30 years. Poris was guiding us. For nearly 14 hours looking for places for our daughter Juliana to live while in college, Poris patiently told us directions. He was supposed to be a vegetable, according to doctors.

I found that I was incredibly touched by this man, and his demonstration of courage. His presence and energy were very calming. He lives and demonstrates incredible patience. His humor is quick and humble.

As I asked Martha some questions about the accident and learned the incredible details, that painted a bleak picture for any sort of a “normal” life, I was deeply touched and inspired. I felt some level of embarrassment for my times when I have felt self-pity for some of my challenges. I actually cried as I was driving. Martha said Poris didn’t quite know what to do. To tried to imagine the strength required to face the incredible pain and challenge of building a new body and mind through persistence and dedication and patience. The “miracle man” in the movie The Secret has an incredible story, but so does Poris. How many other, unknown heroes are among us?

The evening of my meeting Poris I read from Albert Schweitzer’s An Anthology. It just so happened I was reading from the chapter “The Will to Live”. Here is one of the quotes:

I Cling to Life
When my will-to-live begins to think, it sees life as a mystery in which I remain by thought. I cling to life because my reverence for life. For, when it begins to think, the will-to-live realizes it is free. It is free to leave life. It is free to choose whether or not to live. This fact is of particular significance for us in this modern age, when there are abundant possibilities for abandoning life, painlessly and without agony.