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Nature's Operating Instructions The True Biotechnologies

ISBN-10: 1578050995
ISBN-13: 9781578050994
Edition: 2004
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Description: "Biotechnology" as generally understood is a misnomer, having less to do with biology than with generating profits from genetic manipulation. The corporatizing of genetic science is just the latest risky manifestation of a dysfunctional industrial  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Sierra Club Books
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

"Biotechnology" as generally understood is a misnomer, having less to do with biology than with generating profits from genetic manipulation. The corporatizing of genetic science is just the latest risky manifestation of a dysfunctional industrial paradigm based on consuming natural capital and producing toxic waste--an economic model totally at odds with the evolutionary intelligence of living systems. But there is another way. The "true biotechnologies," described in this second volume in the Bioneers series, are working strategies grounded in the innate complexity, relatedness, and sustainability of natural ecosystems. The contributors to this volume are visionary leaders in fields such as biomimicry (mimicking nature in order to restore nature and serve human ends harmlessly), "living machines" that break down toxics biologically, natural design for industrial processes and buildings, and the restoration of natural capital. Their guiding principles include diversity, kinship, symbiosis, reciprocity, and community. These brilliant innovators illuminate a future environment of hope by "wedding human ingenuity with the wisdom of the wild," as contributor John Todd puts it. Human beings are a keystone species with an essential role to play in the ecological well-being of our world; we are only just learning how to go about it. Sector by sector--from energy and agriculture to transportation, industrial production, and land management--the true biotechnologies described here show how nature has already orchestrated a symphony of intelligent design that we can emulate and adapt, to the benefit of humanity and all life on Earth.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Biomimicry: Working with Nature to Heal Nature
Biomimicry: What Would Nature Do Here?
Living Technologies: Wedding Human Ingenuity to the Wisdom of the Wild
Magic Mushrooms: Planetary Healing with Deep Biology
Bioremediation: Waste Equals Food
Heavy Metal Blues: Botanical Detox Centers
Nature's Filters: From Cattails to Bureaucrats
Listening to the Land: Ecology as the Art of Restoring Relationships
The Human-Nature Dance: People as a Keystone Species
Indigenous Science: The Cultivated Landscape of Native America
The Green-Fire Wolf: Saving Wildlands with a Wild Heart
Have a Cow: The Paradox of Rangeland Restoration
Think Like a Prairie: Solving the 10,000-Year-Old Problem of Agriculture
Noah's New Ark: Conserving Seed Diversity in the Garden
Weaving Community: Restoring the Ecology of Los Angeles
Graffiti in the Book of Life: Genetic Engineering and the Vandalism of Nature
Ignorance Is Not Bliss: The Perils of Genetic Engineering
Unnatural Selection: The Bacterium That (Almost) Ate the World
Genetic Pollution: A Life of Its Own
The Industrial Evolution: Biology Meets Business
Natural Capitalism: Brother, Can You Spare a Paradigm?
Natural Capitalism: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Reinventing the Wheel: Transportation Down the Road
Ecological Design: The Architecture of Democracy
Natural Magic: Spirit, Mystery, and Wonder
Whaaa!? How the Dragonfly Turned My Head
From Miracle to Magic: Spirituality as Political Consciousness
The Phosphorescent Soul: Swimming with Mystery
The Eye of the World: Sex, Beauty, Fraud, and Kinship
Planet 'Hood: Making the World Our Home
A World Made of Stories: Saving the Web of Cultural Life
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