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Tropical storm grain delivery

New logistics, for a new era
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Take a massive storm, like hurricane Katrina. People there lacked food.

Now when we see such a storm coming, it is time to send some cargo airplanes into it, and dump loads of corn, soybeans, wheat into it.

When the storm hits land, it will drop the food from the sky. Survivors then simply have to gather it and cook it. This is a much more efficient system than waiting for a government to take action. The food arrives at the exact same moment as the disaster!! Logistical delivery on the nano-second!!

This system is timely, as it is predicted that global warming may increase the number of such storms.

Finally, I see this as a more general theory and technology. Dust storms coming from the Sahara should serve as an example of a new logistics for the transportation of agricultural commodities across the planet.

-corn, cassava, soybeans, etc... can be turned into a fine powder, and thrown into wind hoses, dust storms, etc... -the storms will be generated by a new technology, that relies on thermal ocean management; they will also be controlled to disintegrate at a certain location. (This is a work in progress).

In short: in the future you will see soybeans from Brazil travel in fine particles across the Atlantic, under the form of a huge storm, to feed cows in Europe; and rice from Thailand may make it via a typhoon to Africa's east coast, if managed correctly.

Maps and GPS will also help in this endeavour!!! And radar.

PS: alternatively, one could also paste a grain of corn onto the backs of desert locusts, and train them for delivery. They create fascinating storms too. The glue would have to be biodegradable, though, but then, what do we have corn for anyways.

django, Jul 01 2012

Eating kosher locust https://www.youtube...watch?v=b4FWe_1Bl2Y
My boss and friend Rabbi Dr. Ari Z at BIU, who has an obsession for kosher exotic foods, organized this meal. [pashute, Oct 02 2014]


       This is a very idea.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2012

       Thank you very, very. As you may notice, the underlying idea is that of using physical phenomena to solve social phenomena. It is one of humanity's most noble endeavors. But it also needs technologies. Which can be developed, if one so wishes to.
django, Jul 01 2012

       When you put it like that, it does seem rather as if humanity has been squandering its intellect for the last few millennia.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2012

       I rather like the idea of gluing a grain of popcorn on the back of each locust. Then, when you cook the locust the corn pops, indicating both are ready to eat.
UnaBubba, Jul 01 2012

       [MaxwellBuchanan] You are saying it. It may have something to do with humanity not eating and transporting the right crops. We know, for example, that the overconsumption of wheat induces schizophrenia - which may be a good thing for the creative solution of social problems (via technologies), or a bad thing. That remains to be seen. But in any case, we need new ways to get that wheat moving. This is why I came up with the idea. But then again, it can also be used for other crops that can be ground with machines.
django, Jul 01 2012

       //when you cook the locust the corn pops, indicating both are ready to eat// Or just breed Catharsius molossus, a.k.a. the popcorn beetle, the larvae of which are roasted until they pop, "jumping" up to six feet in so doing.   

       //We know, for example, that the overconsumption of wheat induces schizophrenia// Are you pulling my leg? Perhaps not, since a multicentre study recently showed that broccoli causes (or at least aggravates) bipolar disorder (or, as we traditionalists call it, manic depression).   

       Coypus (big rodenty things) are acutely sensitive to broccoli in this respect. There is currently an argument raging amongst neurobiologists as to whether broccoli-induced bipolarity in coypus is a valid model for the human disorder, and hence whether broccoli-fed coypus can be used to evaluate drugs for the treatment of bipolar.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 01 2012

       //the popcorn beetle, the larvae of which are roasted until they pop, "jumping" up to six feet in so doing.//   

       Their jumping gives them a head start in being lifted up into the logistical storm.   

       I hereby suggest that all grains to be transported via storm should first be popped. The upward movement saves energy and can be a precurser to inducing the needed movements to generate said storm.
django, Jul 01 2012

       I volunteer reversible lightning to power devices in the tropical storm area. I can see the cat and glass rod assemblies falling through the thunderheads as I type..
not_morrison_rm, Oct 02 2014

       ' the underlying idea is that of using physical phenomena to solve social phenomena' Nature has always done this and is very efficient at it. eg: Volcanic eruptions and their special effects have often solved the problem of too many people with too few little gray cells living too close to volcanoes or relatives of those people living on the sides of mountains in the tropics during monsoons. People who doubt the sincerity of Ma Nature often get a lesson.
cudgel, Oct 02 2014

       If you cover volunteers with sticky rice, then you could have a topical storm grain delivery system.
not_morrison_rm, Oct 02 2014

       The idea itself is a great one - the concept not so much. Or the other way around.
normzone, Oct 03 2014


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