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What does 1 dollar buy?

With one Indian Rupee one can buy:
1.One candy, sometimes two mint fresheners
2. One match box
3. One page photocopy
4. Normally one SMS
5. One Indian Mail Postcard (within country)
6.Painkillers, emergency drugs for cardiac attacks (sorbitrate), cure for allergies, indigestion and urinary tract infections.
7. You can get a button sewed in Kolkata for Rs. 1.
8. Eraser, candle, rubber bands, razor blade, nails from hardware store (six for Rs. 1) Zipper puller
6. 5 ml coconut oil sachet.

What does 1 dollar/pound/Franc/Euro or whatever your currency buy?


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  • Jul 2 2013: Buy an apple,plant it's seeds,next there will be many trees,repeat the process then you'll see,a way to feed the worlds hungry.
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      Jul 2 2013: I'm sorry but that does not answer the OP's question nor is it directly relevant, i suppose.

      Am i missing something?
      • Jul 3 2013: Not so poetically put,my one dollar buys me a renewable food source which can be donated to local food banks to feed the hungry.If i were to look at it in a capitalist sense,i could sell some of my apples and my answer would be that one dollar buys me more dollars.
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          Jul 3 2013: Well said Clyde!!!!
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          Jul 3 2013: I had that figured, just wanted you to make it clearer.

          And as Mary said it,well put.
        • Jul 8 2013: You see, buying a seed for plants is a lot more expensive than you think. You have to pay for the water to water said plants. Also, if you live in a city where there is not access to fertile ground (like a fair amount of people in poverty these days), the pots, top soil, etc. to grow tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, peas, or eggplants would be more than a euro. Produce bearing plants require full sun. The plants would have to be outside and most poor people do not have enough balcony space to grow enough to produce a significant amount of their food. It is true that once the pots are purchased, one can reuse them year after year. The potting soil would have to be purchased year after year. This is an investment that pays off in a while.

          The idea of planting an apple tree is an interesting idea. It certainly sounds ideal. One plant and then it produces a lot of fruit each year for decades. But have you ever grown apple trees or any fruit bearing trees? Not only do you have to pay for the land that they grow on, you have to keep them free of disease, which occasionally will involve spraying them (with organic or non organic stuff).

          In addition to that, you have to protect the fruit from animals. For cherry trees you have to make sure the birds do not get them. In the country where poor people would be able to afford the land to grow a fruit tree, you have to build 8 foot fences to prevent the deer from eating the pears or apples like my grandfather has to. You also have to prune the trees to enable the fruit to grow to a decent size.

          It is very hard for family grown food, or family farms to produce vegetables that are cheaper than ones produced on giant farms. That is why locally grown food is more expensive that food bought at a non-locally sourced grocery store. The reason for this is the same reason that Walmart is cheaper than a mom and pop store.

          In the country, when you already have the land, it is economically worth it.
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      Jul 3 2013: Actually you want to buy a knife, find an apple tree with good tasting apples and use it to get cuttings.

      starting from seeds will likely only give you bad tasting apples.
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        Jul 4 2013: That is very interesting.
        And, it would depend where you lived.

        Here, you can do this with mangoes, avocados, and other tropical foods.

        Apples? Not so much.

        Now Don, is this rule true for all types of apples?
        And why?

        And where would you cut? At what time of year would you cut?
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          Jul 6 2013: I don’t recall the details, but according to a documentary I seen on Jonny Appleseed the seeds normally revert and become wild apple trees, something to do with their genetic memory overriding the tree that created them trades. FYI: Jonny Appleseed used cuttings and had lot of nurseries, and did spread seed randomly.
          There lots of Youtube videos on “how to do tree cuttings” I would think they would vary depending on tree type.
      • Jul 4 2013: With fruit trees in particular, most commercially propagated fruit trees are grafted onto dwarfing rootstocks that are also disease and cold tolerant.Seedling offspring of these nursery-grown trees will not have the advantages of that dwarf rootstock,although they may produce good fruit.
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          Jul 5 2013: Thanks so much Clyde for this tidbit of information.
      • Jul 6 2013: You're welcome Mary.Don has a valid point,my way would take longer and the seeds would randomly grow a number of different types of apples with a large percentage of not so delectable ones,however,they would all be edible.

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