Developing Human Capital and Bioeconomics
The concept and notion of "Human Capital" refers to the accumulation of a set of mastered skills and applicable knowledge that is an intrinsic part of the capacity and ability of individuals (humans) to perform, execute, and carry out labor. Labor is a precious commodity. It is a measure of the work done by human beings so as to produce an economic value, which is the value of the labor itself, and the value of its use as to produce a worth in exchange for the labor.
These abilities that make up the human capital are highly diversified and heterogeneous; with high and low ends in technology and knowledge, and all require expertise to yield a value. The ability to perform labor that requires high technological level and vast knowledge does not necessarily mean that this labor will yield a higher value in exchange. An example of this is that in impoverished countries a nanotechnology engineer will struggle to survive and to find a job, while a construction worker will earn his living with less difficulty and more opportunities.
In order for a nation to attain a relevant advantage and effectively benefit from a superior output of manufacturing, it needs to be in possession and control of a particular resource or commodity. This particular resource can also be a particular technique or knowledge that enhance and escalate production proficiency by reducing the need for massive supplies and resources, or it can be a labor stock, a fungible resource whose distinctive pieces are capable of reciprocal substitution, or a "know-how" principle, thus reducing the adverse risk of changes in international trade that are normally ruled by the technological levels, sophistication, and complexity of countries.
So how do we develop the Human Capital to become effective and to produce a high value in exchange?
I think the answer to this riddle resides in the application of Bioeconomics to Human Capital. According to the American economist Gary Becker (1930- ), we use sociobiology to explain human behavior in a capitalist economic system, where maximizing the focus of behavior, the market equilibrium and established inclination is the key for an effective and sustainable economic approach. I do believe that there is also the necessity to generate fungible resources, standardized and easily interchangeable to uphold and cultivate labor, commodities, and markets. This would lead to a decrease and lessening of the unwelcomed effects of the technological gap between countries that have a cut throat trade advantage because of their tremendous ability to innovate and those that do not. A country can be extremely efficient and have technological advantages, but it might be vulnerable to trade because of its excessive internal production costs.
So, how does all of this work?
The formula is very simple, but the concept and its implementation are more difficult and tricky to put into practice. In theory, when a community, a region, or country is in economic disarray, sometimes the integration of bioeconomics into the Human Capital happens out of despair and sometimes need.
Let's take rice, for example. Rice is fundamental in Asia, and it has a long and interesting history.
In regions of Asia, scientists believe that after the lands inhabited by humans were flooded, all living vegetation, plants, and flora were destroyed. This brought animal extinction, thus making hunting very difficult, and sustainment for human beings was extremely difficult, if not impossible. One day, as the ancient, but popular story goes, a dog came scampering across a hunting field, and it was sighted by the Chinese people who were looking for prey in the field. As they approached the dog, they noticed that the dog's fur was scattered with some unusual yellow seeds affixed to it. The Chinese people thought that it could be seeds and not knowing what these kernels were, they tasted them, bite them, and finally planted them. As a result, according to the folkloric story, rice grew out of these seeds.
All of the sudden, this small, miraculous grain that awkwardly arrived on a dog's back, fed tens of millions of people for extended periods of time, longer than any other known grain did until that time. Several species of rice are in existence, but it is widely believed that rice species were developed from other forms of it, towards the end of the Tertiary Period, almost at the end of the Miocene Epoch and the beginning of the Pliocene Epoch, approximately 15 million years ago. We humans showed up next in the Quaternary Period, about 1.6 million years ago.
Early evidence from archeologists' findings showed that rice was a commodity and a significant economic factor dating back as early as 2500 BC during the late Neolithic period in the Yangtze basin. In 1966, an important discovery in South East Asia was made by Wilhelm G. Solheim II, an American anthropologist, son of Wilhelm G. Solheim I, a botanist. He found fragments and remains of pottery that had clear imprints of rice on them. These olden ceramic objects were discovered in Nakorn Ratchasima, Thailand, known today as Korat city. Following extensive testing and authenticity trials, it was established devoid of doubts that these vestiges dated back to 4000 BC.
The Chinese people in due course gave rise to a process of growing and producing rice, developed knowledge to do it properly, and employed tens of thousands of people to bring to fruition this massive industry. Today, this long-standing system is still widely used in China and in other countries. Over the years, this process that grew out of necessity, tamed and integrated rice into China's socio-economics.
So there you have it. An alliance between human capital and bioeconomics was born out of desperation and necessity, and this relationship is still alive and productive. No knowledge and, or skills were present at the beginning, but they were developed and incorporated later.
Now, can we create today a model combining Human Capital and Bioeconomics?
Yes, of course we can.
I have developed this socio-economic and geopolitical model with a large foundation that rests on an industry of eco-products and bio-commodities, and with the intention to foster a profitable business, but at the same time, acting from a sense of fiduciary duty, responsibility, and conscientiousness to Human Capital.
I faithfully believe that today in southern Mexico exists an unexploited gold mine of opportunity based on bioeconomics, powered by Human Capital, and backed by the "know-how" principle. These are the three magic ingredients for the healthy and prosperous development of regions, countries, and humans.
Here is the tale.
History has had an instrumental influence on the model of this project, specifically by the historic annals of the Magnoliophyta Agavaceae plants, and the peninsula of Yucatán, México. Ancient history, vast wealth, and frantic industry rendezvous in this fraction of the planet to give birth to a golden era. Like everything else, this utopia evolved, and near the 1850s, the fate of this industry changed radically. Industry practices, science, technology and the omnipotent progress of commerce rendered vulnerable this trade in Yucatán, and before long brought the industry to its knees. The wealth in Yucatán has been dormant since. Today, the abundance of this remarkable plant genus and its treasures within, is virtually limitless in the region, offering a plentiful source of raw material.
The industrial and economic business concept I developed for the "Yucatán Project" is based on a series of revolutionary "green" bio-commodities, environmentally safe products; a unique line of products which is derived in part from the Magnoliophytias, but is also the result of a long and exhaustive process where I analyzed the local conditions, recognized problems and opportunities, and identified targets, goals and objectives. I designed strategies to accomplish those goals and objectives, conceived harmonized activities to implement such strategies, and finally, I set the foundation to evaluate my progress.
Based on these fundamentals I see a solid opportunity to reactivate and invigorate the bio-industry, its abundant by-products, to create a solid economic and a wide industrial base to serve a number of products, for the common benefit of the region, and other economic endeavors. My intention is to establish a multidisciplinary commercial foundation to support the systematic rebuilding of the Magnoliophyta Agavaceae industry aiming to surpass the economic growth of the past, preventing possible economic and commercial failure.
My vision of growth and development is mirrored in the Treaty of the States of the Gulf of México. This international agreement was signed in 1995 by the governors of eleven combined States of México, and the United States, where Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are on the U.S. side, and Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Yucatán on the Mexican side. The treaty enlists leaders at the state level within a well defined sub-region of North America - the bordering states of the Gulf of México - with the objective of defining mutual interests, forming consensus, and building a political willpower to craft new programs in the areas of domestic protection and security, economic development, education, agriculture, and commerce. With the determination of working together within the agreement, these bordering states have taken significant steps towards the goals of developing the commercial, tourism, and infrastructure progress under NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).
I, through The Yucatán Project, wish to be part of this movement, to contribute to improve it and expand it. I have innovative ideas, avant-garde technologies, and an unparallel resolve for progress.
I developed these concepts guided by one of my most forerunner technologies: my anti-corrosive and anti-crust averters. These multifarious averters are of hydro-colloidal, bio-base formulations. Through aggressive research and development of the Magnoliophyta Agavaceae family, I soon became conscious of other varied possibilities of compounds, assorted goods, and diverse composites for the application in the agricultural industry.
Today, I am geared up and committed to develop this industry and to bring economic development, progress, and technology to México and the United States, through the implementation of the three elements that are abundant in the region: local bioeconomics, abundant Human Capital, the "knowhow" little secret.
Here it is how I am going to do it.
Raw material. - The actual production of raw material in rural southern Mexico today is 170,000 tons per year. This will yield 75,000,000 liters of usable material to produce hydrocolloids.
In ten years it will be 670,000 tons per year. This will yield 300,000,000 liters of usable material to produce hydrocolloids.
Human Capital. - There is a tremendous raw human capital available in rural southern Mexico. This human capital is under fire because of the disastrous economy in the area that yields unemployment close to 30%. More than 27% of the population has no income at all, 48% of the population earns less than US$1,000 a year, 20% of the population earns less than US$2,000 a year, 3% of the population earns less than US$5,000 a year, and 0.47% of the population earns less than US$5,000 a year. These statistics are not a joke when the minimum wage in Mexico today is US$2.70 for a full day's work! So, there is an incentive to work!
The production of hydrocolloids require about 1-2% of highly prepared workers, about 7% of technicians, being left at least 91% of the available work for unskilled workers. Minimal learning is required to sustain a job, even if the population is illiterate, which is a positive detail because about 2.2% of the population completed high school, and only 1.5% has a college level.
Technology for Production. - There is no advanced technology production needed in general to manufacture hydrocolloids; however, here is where I can bring in the technology I have developed to produce more than 25 products that are colloid-based. This technology is easy to apply, cheap to maintain and replace, and relatively simple to operate.
Industrial Resources. - There is a 50-year reforestation and cultivation program in place to reach by the year 2022 a production of raw material of 1.1 million tons per year. This will yield 27,500,000 liters per year of usable material to produce hydrocolloids. The Human Capital to sustain this growth is available.
Industrial Infrastructure. - Southern Mexico possesses a strong developed infrastructure for economical growth to include: international airports, commercial airports, an extensive network of roads and railroads network, diversified transports, commercial ports, "maquiladoras", "desfibradoras", industrial support configuration, international commerce system, strong government, a solid stock of Human Capital, , direct access to U.S. markets and, of course, lots of raw material.
Available infrastructure locally (Yucatán only):
Airports: International airport of Mérida, Chichén Itzá and the aerodromes of Chablé, San Antonio, Tizimín, Chichén Itzá (Tinum)
Highways: 8,954 Kms.
Sea Ports: Progreso
Railroad net: 605 Kms.
Industrial Parks: 5 - Industrial Park Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Industrial Park Yucatán, Industrial Polygon Yucalpetén, Industrial Park of
Motul, Industrial Park of Valladolid.
Global market. - The global market for corrosion is 50 times bigger than the one in the United States. As a sample, here are the US statistics (FHWA funded this Cost of Corrosion Study):
Total direct cost of corrosion in analyzed sectors: $137.9 billion/year (1998)
Extrapolated to U.S. Economy; cost of corrosion is $*275.7 billion/year (1998)*
Utilities: $47.9 billion/year
Transportation: $29.7 billion/year
Infrastructure: $22.6 billion/year
Government: $20.1 billion/year
Production & manufacturing: $17.6 billion/year
The 2001 report on corrosion costs in the United States has drawn worldwide interest in nearly every industry. Corrosion costs U.S. industry and government agencies an estimated $276 billion per year, according to the study by CC Technologies for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
This is reason enough for many production and manufacturing companies, transportation organizations, public utilities, infrastructure developers, and government departments to take a closer look at where all this money goes. So, there is market.
The "know-how". - This is another difficult and sticky area because of intellectual property implications, and because it is also an important factor in the progression into technology transfer in national and international environments. Also, you have to consider elements such as patents, trade marks, and copyrights when conveying technology to someone else, because all of this independently or combined, are a powerful economic asset.
Here is also where I come to the rescue for this project. I possess the "know-how" for the swift manufacturing of cheap, transferable, safe, and fully biodegradable colloidal commodities.
Of course there is a WHOLE LOT MORE to this than what you have read here, but I can't cram here more than 15 years of R&D, effort, trials, ingenuity, investment, patience, endurance, tryouts, and most important of all, imagination... imagination... imagination.
I have published an article regarding funding for this project under the "Business Classifieds" section of the Forums tab, to see if I can entice someone to act on this, but to no avail. I hope this article sparks a flash of curiosity to generate interest.