19. Getting started

19th blog, March 8, 2019

In 1987 I placed my first wind turbine for my company. We wanted to produce our own electricity for our cooling stores, and so I discovered that wind turbines can burn lights, but not large engines. They produce almost nothing. In the cooling company we heated the building with the condensers from the cold stores. We did not need heaters in the winter - and therefore no gas. In 2003 I stopped with my flower bulb company and started the company Groasis to help solve the efficiency problem of water consumption in the agricultural sector. Care for the climate has always been my theme.

During the search for the solution to waste less water in the agricultural sector, I learned that the best solution for the water scarcity problem is the tree. I analyzed that on earth there are 3 billion hectares (7,5 billion acres) of unusable deserts, but also 2 billion hectares (5 billion acres) of man-made degraded soil. This soil was once fertile and can be made fertile again. These areas are characterized by the fact that there is sufficient rain, but it only falls in peak periods. If you make sure that this water can infiltrate in the ground - for this I have put the Terracedixx machine on the market that creates 15 kilometers of mini-terraces per hour - then you bring enough water into the soil to allow trees to grow.

That's how I met the miracle that is called 'tree'. The tree is particularly suitable for this type of area. Seeds such as cereals are unsuitable because they need to be watered regularly after sowing and during cultivation. We often do not think about it, but trees produce incredibly many different types of food. Think of apples, pears, many types of nuts with more energy and nutritional value than meat, mangos, avocados, olives, figs and so on.  There are dozens of other trees that provide us with food. They also produce extremely high yields per hectare, while they consume less water than any other plant. Trees are superefficient, many times more efficient than crops. When it gets too dry, they even stop drinking and go to moulting. They drop some leaves and wait until the weather gets cooler. They are just chickens in the moulting stage: they do not look good, but they still give delicious fruit.

But the biggest miracle is that the tree produces food while decomposing CO₂. For free. At the same time, they also supply wood, oils, medicines, incense, extracts, glues, cattle feed and more. You can imagine anything, and the tree delivers it. If we plant trees on the 2 billion hectares of man-made degraded soil, we reduce CO₂ concentration in the atmosphere and at the same time earn money. Climate problem gone, right?

But it is not that easy. Gradually I encountered a number of problems, as you can read in earlier – think of the explained ‘indulgence’ orthodoxy - and in the following blogs. But can we solve those problems? Yes, these solutions are also discussed in the upcoming blogs. Are you helping us spread the message? The next blog is called 'Kyoto Treaty and Paris COP21'.

Pieter Hoff
Green Musketeer

Background information
On 8 October 2018, the IPCC (UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) issued an emergency call to all countries to reduce their CO₂ emissions by at least 50% by 2030. The Netherlands wants to comply with this by means of a Climate Agreement. Pieter Hoff is of the opinion that the Climate Agreement needs additional policies to achieve 0% net CO₂ emissions by 2030 and that this supporting policy can be implemented much more efficiently, quicker and less costly than the current proposals that are included in the proposed Dutch Climate Agreement.