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  •  I'm all for inventing things. (2+ / 0-)
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    koNko, Oh Mary Oh

    Just wish we would stop for a minute before doing so.

    Daniel Nocera's research team from MIT's artificial leaf, for instance, is something I can get behind. The latest incarnation separates the bond between hydrogen and oxygen in water with only the input of sunlight- no electricity. The hydrogen should be able to be captured and stored. It is quite amazing and is just awesome.

    Here is a link to his latest talk- pretty much rehashing his older material, but showcasing the latest incarnation. Makes me wish I had money to invest in it.

    And my harping on ag has something to do with this: John Liu's Green Gold documentary, which puts together a few of the largest ecosystem regeneration projects in the world into one sitting. What can, and is, being accomplished without the use of synthetic inputs and genetic modification, is enough to make us wonder why we back millions in research for these things while holding back those same dollars from funding ecological design.

    Technologies that help to shift to a new paradigm of regeneration (beyond sustainability, we can do better than the status quo) I'm all for. Technologies that further entrench destructive behavior on the other hand... just pisses me off.

    A Victory Garden documents my family's experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles. A new blog following my life as an immigrant in Finland will be up soon.

    by FinchJ on Tue Oct 09, 2012 at 10:15:33 AM PDT

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    •  I consider any regeneration technology (2+ / 0-)
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      To be "sustainable", i.e., the outputs are net positive.

      Reduce
      Reuse
      Recycle

      In that order.

      So why frack and drill for natural gas when there are mountains of chicken shit going to waste.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 05:35:19 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly. There is so much waste (2+ / 0-)
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        Oh Mary Oh, koNko

        that isn't waste. Hell, the largest is our own waste. But talk about night soil and see how far along you get before something thinks you are a freak!

        A Victory Garden documents my family's experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles. A new blog following my life as an immigrant in Finland will be up soon.

        by FinchJ on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 06:02:56 AM PDT

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