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Biomimicry: Mother Nature as a 3D Printer?

Biomimicry: Mother Nature as a 3D Printer? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Contrast our “plug-in/plastic” approach with that of our fellow Earthlings. Not having figured out how to eat fossils, they are on a pretty tight budget. They can only burn what they eat, and they have to make solutions from their own bodies or things they find around them. This leads to low-cost, highly-efficient structural solutions that use a handful of polymers, respond to the environment in adaptive ways, and can be broken down and reused by other creatures. This kind of problem-solving results in the highly interconnected and incredibly rich web of collaborative interdependence we call Life."

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Excellent article on biomimicry in Triple Pundit blog.

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EU Commission to adopt "new" Strategy for sustainable Bioeconomy

EU Commission to  adopt "new" Strategy for sustainable Bioeconomy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

On 13 February, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will present the Commission's new strategy on the Bioeconomy entitled "Innovating for Sustainable Growth: a Bioeconomy for Europe".

 

The strategy should help "to drive the transition from a fossil-based economy to a sustainable bioeconomy in Europe, with research and innovation at its core."

 

It will be interesting to see whether the new strategy will include thinking about the new biophysical limits to growth or if it will build on the neo-liberal, biotech-driven ideology of new growth without ecological limits.

 

The EU's strategy can be found at http://3eintelligence.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/eu-commission-to-adopt-new-strategy-for-sustainable-bioeconomy/

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