How Florida Can End the Amazon Plastic-Pollution and Tax-Avoidance Practices

by Bobby Reyes

Plastic on corals, pockets, wakatobi, 2018 | Photo by q phia via Wikimedia Commons

Part XIII of the “Florida, the State of the Future” Series

Once again, one of my new Floridian friends, Cindy Stiles, posted a thought-provoking topic in the TEAM RYAN MORALES FOR FL Facebook Group. This is Ms. Cindy’s other posting’s lead paragraph: “Here is another one you need to be aware of. I have never been a big fan of Amazon and only use them when I can’t find what I want elsewhere. Now, even if I can’t find the product, I’m going to completely boycott Amazon. This, too, went on my Facebook page.

“And the hits just keep on coming. 70 Acres of rural Florida were sold to Amazon. There won’t be a speck of wildlife or green space left. Tourists are going to stop coming here, and that is our number-one industry. Who is going to want to come to a State that is nothing but tar, cement, and human beings?” Ms. Stiles’s posting carried also this link — perhaps about Amazon’s wishful version of the 70 Acres in Chicago’s Notorious Cabrini Green (Good Times)”?

This column discussed the “BAMOS a ver” proposal for the Mexican-&-U.S. border in late 2020 and early 2021. It was part of the suggested “Biden Back-to-Basics (B2B) Doctrine,” which I developed in and for the Philippine Daily Mirror of New York. Well, President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya mentioned that his Administration has been encouraging and supporting Kenyan farmers in planting and cultivating bamboo. The Kenyan government policy helps the country’s reforestation efforts and manufacturing of bamboo-based products (as stated in his speech in a May 2021 online Global Forum of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).

“BAMOS” is an acronym that this journalist coined as a possible initiative of the “Biden B2B Doctrine” for the U.S.-Mexican border. It means “Bamboo, Abaca, Moringa and Other Species.”

This column also suggested that Amazon, one of the world’s major plastic polluters, should help in manufacturing packaging materials made of natural fibers like those found in bamboo and abaca. Both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border can grow the BAMOS plants. The Amazon Corporation should be one of the main investors of the said new manufacturing plant, turning our really-recyclable materials made from plants (pun intended). But once again, our pleas to “Amazon, the Polluter” fell on deaf ears, to use an oft-quoted term. Or perhaps on “deaf-and-mute” ears?

An Oceana Report found that up to 23.5 million pounds of Amazon’s plastic packaging polluted the world’s waterways and oceans in 2020. Amazon’s recycling promises do not help to reduce plastic pollution. Inquisitive readers may like to read the Ocean Report after reading this column at this link.

Perhaps this writer’s new and long-time Floridian friends may like to consider an idea that was registered as a domain name. If Amazon Corporation does not like to cut down on its plastic and other pollution, then the Sunshine State can lead the fight for Mother Earth. How? By competing with the Amazon polluter, bringing it down, and becoming the world headquarters of a so-called “Alternative to Amazon.”

ABADAW is a Sorsoganon (Filipino) word that means “holy sh_t” and/or “holy cow,” or “holy mackerel.” This journalist turned ABADAW into an acronym that stands for “Anything Bought And Delivered Anywhere in the World.” And in alphabetical listings, “ABADAW” comes ahead of Amazon by more than the proverbial mile. Www.abadaw.com is the domain name.

Also, the ABADAW idea differs from Amazon’s ill-advised practices and pollution policies in so many ways. Here are some of the major differences between the two ideas:

1.0 The ABADAW concept is based on “cooperative (co-op) capitalism” ideas. This means that all people that are involved in the project will be part-owners of the firm. This means ALL PERSONS — from the management, rank-and-file employees, contractors, vendors, suppliers, farmers, truckers, environmentalists, and consumers will have the right to buy equity in the venture. Or ventures. And participate in the election of the members of its Board of Directors.

  • 1.1 There will be no need for any labor union but instead workers are permitted to form their own co-op or even a credit union, so that they can pool together their financial resources. And be able to have a say in the election of corporate directors. This is the suggested way of turning — for the better — “Crony Capitalism” and replacing it with a “Cooperative (Co-op) Capitalism.” As this writer has been emphasizing in his articles, it is time to address what is wrong with Capitalism. And that is the lack of capital among the poor (and workers earning the minimum wage) that want to venture out into entrepreneurship.

2.0 The ABADAW can set up in strategic locations, manufacturing, and recycling plants. It can also partner with stakeholders (also in foreign countries) to grow bamboo, abaca, and other plants (or organic) components of packaging materials. And consumer products — from electronics to back-to-basics consumer items.

3.0 Like any other juridical person, the ABADAW can rely on tax-reduction benefits given by American law and/or as legal incentives in countries where the Floridian firm may invest. Or enter into joint ventures to produce, sell, and distribute consumer items. But since the share of the co-op members will be deducted first from the corporate gross income, taxes will be shouldered by the individual recipients. Therefore, there is no tax-avoidance scheme that the ABADAW will resort to.

4.0 The U.S. federal government may be able to help a state like Florida fight the “plastic pollution” of a corporate giant that is hell-bent also on tax avoidance. How to create economic empowerment for its Floridians and their neighbors? This columnist began on Jan. 13, 2021, with a four-part mini-series about the ways how to do it all via the “Biden B2B Doctrine.”

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part II)

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part III): The “I2D2” Proposal, and

A Biden B2B Doctrine for Economic Empowerment (Part IV): The “I2D2” Proposal

Readers are given, therefore, a reading assignment. Why? Because when this column pounds more on the said four-part Economic Empowerment proposals on Wednesday, September 14th, the interested ones may be able to easily digest the series. They may even send in advance any question they may like to ask the writer, who may gladly reply ahead of the series Part XIV.

Yes, this columnist is sure that Cindy Stiles and the other members of the TEAM RYAN MORALES FOR FL will join the discussion and online conversations. The more, the merrier, the better.

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