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June 26, 2018, 01:07:29 PM
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Just to know what fellow members think about this.

The idea is to have some type of currency as replacement if/when paper currencies are outlawed by governments OR have something that serves as currency in crisis areas.
 1 or 3 pieces of the currency could for example be used to buy Apples, Noodles, Spoons, Radio, Walkie-talkie, or Water.
 Anyone could create the physical currency but it has to meet these standards:
 

* Must be Edible.

* should be stress resistant

* Packed with essential  nutrients (important vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and protein)

* Could be the size of a phone and as thin as a debit card.

* A piece could be worth 2—5 dollars

* Three pieces should sustain a humanbeing per day (1 piece in the morning, 1 piece in the afternoon and a piece at  night)

* Could have different flavors, ingredients and nutritional values.

* Must last very long (as long as 5—20yrs) and still be healthy to eat

* Must be sealed in clean sheet.

* Special equipment could be built to test for quality or for quality control



✴ It is important to have a thin edible currency otherwise it won't work as a currency very much and it's important it last very long.


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June 26, 2018, 02:23:05 PM
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This could possibly be the stupidest idea I have read this year  Shocked

Average woman needs 2000 calories a day.

2000 / 3 "notes" = 666 calories in something paper thin the size of a mobile phone.  Try squashing 1 1/2 chocolate bars down to that size and thickness.

one piece worth up to $5 so thats $15 a day or $60 a day for a family of 4, sure you can eat better for that than actually eating the notes


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June 26, 2018, 02:45:30 PM
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The important thing is to have a thin currency that last really long
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June 26, 2018, 03:25:23 PM
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It's already happening in Venezuela. I believe they use toilet rolls as a currency as well.

Of course tobacco  is a traditional currency in prisons.
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June 26, 2018, 06:58:40 PM
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I think the main reason food isn't used as a store of value is because it goes bad really quickly.
I guess that would be the biggest problem with this idea.

Other than that, as markj113 said, you will really have a hard time with that 3 notes feed a person a day thing.
Probably looking into astronaut food is the best direction for something like this.
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June 26, 2018, 09:00:08 PM
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There has been an edible coin since the ancient ages: salt. In fact the word "salary" comes from the Latin "salarium" as salt was used as means of payment and store of value.
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June 26, 2018, 09:32:32 PM
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There has been an edible coin since the ancient ages: salt. In fact the word "salary" comes from the Latin "salarium" as salt was used as means of payment and store of value.

Good luck surviving in 3 doses of salt a day.
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June 27, 2018, 07:31:28 AM
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This could possibly be the stupidest idea I have read this year  Shocked

Average woman needs 2000 calories a day.

2000 / 3 "notes" = 666 calories in something paper thin the size of a mobile phone.  Try squashing 1 1/2 chocolate bars down to that size and thickness.

one piece worth up to $5 so thats $15 a day or $60 a day for a family of 4, sure you can eat better for that than actually eating the notes




I like the idea of chocolate coins. Perhaps people can make different flavors for different amount, like milk chocolate cheaper than dark chocolate but less than white flavor, or the amounts could vary depending on the type of chocolate used.
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June 27, 2018, 08:09:27 AM
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Fiat and paper money/coins is already an antiquated system yet you want to regress and go further backwards and make money out of food?
How is something that is going to rot and disintegrate rather rapidly a good store of value. What would be a better system than this is to just go back to the bartering system. I have 30 eggs and I'll exchange it for that beef jerky you have. Or I'll plough your field all day if you let me plough your wife for five minutes. Everybody's happy.

This could possibly be the stupidest idea I have read this year  Shocked

I'm honestly not sure whether it's serious or someone is trolling. Hard to tell around here these days as half the posters don't seem to have left kindergarten yet.




I like the idea of chocolate coins. Perhaps people can make different flavors for different amount, like milk chocolate cheaper than dark chocolate but less than white flavor, or the amounts could vary depending on the type of chocolate used.

Are you 12? I'd like the concept of having a dragon as a pet but it's not realistical is it?
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June 28, 2018, 09:50:33 PM
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There has been an edible coin since the ancient ages: salt. In fact the word "salary" comes from the Latin "salarium" as salt was used as means of payment and store of value.

Good luck surviving in 3 doses of salt a day.

Good luck surviving on any just one type edible food. Your argument is senseless.
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June 28, 2018, 11:57:34 PM
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This isn't a bad idea for a video game.

But it's a bad idea for real life  Cheesy
It's not plausible.

You could make something like that as there are those chocolate bars for gaining mass, which are realtively small and carry a lot of calories.
However, making them last 20 years and be that thin - that's going to be a problem.
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June 29, 2018, 07:19:46 AM
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As I see how the world goes in a few decades the main exchange unit will be bottles of clean mineral water, as the water quality goes down.

The only thing I can thing of which is "eatable" and long lasting (sealed) and have a high value in a small volume and weight is the saffron but there are almost no calories so it's out of the list.

I don't see any possible solutions with the food as we know it now. If they /the scientists/ make a new "powder" substance that can contain higher calories in a small volume,it can be a way to go but..

Soon we can print a stake on the regular 3d bioprinter so I guess you can print your own "eatable / grillable" money soon and be your own "bank".
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June 29, 2018, 02:37:55 PM
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There has been an edible coin since the ancient ages: salt. In fact the word "salary" comes from the Latin "salarium" as salt was used as means of payment and store of value.
Endorsed because salt is indispensable for the human body. In some countries, even the government controls the sale of salt and prohibits individual sales.
The above friend's assumptions are very interesting, but they are too complicated. It seems difficult for most people to accept and reflect the value! Cool
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June 30, 2018, 04:50:24 PM
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While this thread is dumb and really doesn't belong in serious discussion...


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_chocolate


>The cacao bean became a form of currency.
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July 01, 2018, 01:51:25 AM
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Not sure how familiar you are with Canadian history but sounds like you want to take a step back into the Fur Trade era.

Your idea is essentially Pemmican; and it had been used for trade as it was nutritious and could last for years if stored properly. As for being able to carry it around and eat it at the same time as bartering, a grown man needed nearly a pound of it per portion iirc.

Viable option if you should find your way back to Canada in the 1800's.

Here's a recipe just in case.
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/pemmican/

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July 01, 2018, 03:45:07 AM
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What sort of idea is this  Shocked Shocked

How could you possible make a food (edible currency) last for a long long time, sometimes passing from generation to generation.

i would like to know how you will make that happen, smh
 
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July 08, 2018, 05:46:43 PM
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That sounds funny.What edible currency?You what?Want to go back to the stone age?Before the chickens and wool exchanged for something.Want to live like that?
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July 09, 2018, 01:12:19 AM
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I had a dream of edible currency, not notes.  It was avocado sized porous nut, full of fat and I assume nutritious, something between an avocado and a nut, not too hard to eat, but not soft.  I held one in both of my hands, and I assume I dug it up.  A local told me it was currency, and that I could it eat it.  The setting was rural Philippine ish, but felt like a warm country in some sort of disaster.  I'm guessing a humanitarian organization planted an invasive hybrid ground nut, and locals ate them and collected and used as currency, in a post natural disaster setting. 

But I had another idea regarding food and crypto currency, probably why I had the above dream.  If there were a currency where a company had to create food and give it away for humanitarian purposes, and in exchange would get a coin, we could have a backward food production where the food itself is given away, and the coin is created and used forever, as coins get scarce and harder to create, more food needs to be created and given away.  I know it would never work, but who knows what can and cannot work 200 to 1000 years from now.  and also its super cheap to think of crazy ideas, not so cheap to actually make something.     
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July 11, 2018, 10:57:56 PM
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Always used to get a bag of chocolate coins in my Christmas stocking, pretty sure I never had to worry about them going bad. Only reason they lasted more than a day was because there was better chocolate to eat before I got round to eating those. Best left in the past.
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July 12, 2018, 01:24:34 AM
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Most prepper and survival kits have such an item already - I'm sure some preppers have extra rations for trading in an emergency. (If you can get past the bullets)

Sealed wrapped biscuits made of:  Wheat Flour, Vegetable Shortening, Cane Sugar, Water, Coconut flavour and Salt.

Eat solid or can be mixed with water
Non thirst provoking
200 calorie food bars
40g weight
5 year shelf life



You could make them bigger to meet the 2000 kcal requirements.
Currently 12 of them cost around £4.50

Emergency rations usually consist of tins of freeze dried food. Giving 2000 kcal daily for an active person or
in survival situations it can provide one adult 800 kcal/day
(Tins work out at about £14.50 day per 2000 kcal)
500g per ration
25 year lifespan

If it wasn't posted in serious discussion I would have been able to post links to such stores.

You may have to rethink your size requirements - unless there is some NASA or Pocкocмoc space food I don't know about.

Honey based products could potentially provide some of the requirements since well stored honey has no expiry date.

Unless it is in tins I'm not sure I would be too trusting of "food money" that has been handled by lots of people.

Dysentery and diarrhea often are serious issues during emergency crisis situations.
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