Spices and Inspiration

The latest story, Business not Bullets , came from several sources – first, a long-running conversation / argument about what would actually be economically feasible to transport across interstellar distances, as drawn from current and historical examples.

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In fact, there are a couple awesome, determined, crazy folks who are currently proving this concept right now. Rumi Spice is the business started by a bunch of vets who are trying to jumpstart the economy in Afghanistan, and provide income to the rural farmers – so they are selling Afghan saffron, which, even after logistics and transportation costs (and those are fearsome), still brings in 6 times the income of the next most valuable cash crop (opium), and promotes far more stability.

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