Tag Archives: Biodiversity

Can Genetic Engineering Be Used For Good?

Can genetic engineering be ethical?I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and reading about GMO’s lately and am wondering what you think. Is genetic engineering inherently destructive and bad for ecology, the planet, and us? Or are there circumstances in which GMOs could be used ethically?

If you have an opinion (I suspect that many of you do) please share it in the comment board. If the genetic engineering is inherently wrong, why? If not than under what conditions should genetic engineering be considered? I welcome your thought!

Use Ecology To Capture Resources

Using Ecology to Capture, Store, and Slowly Release Water.     Curb Cut Swale

Masdar, a renewable energy company based in Abu Dhabi asks “What steps can individuals, businesses or world leaders take to address the most pressing and often interrelated water and energy challenges?” Continue reading

Seven Layers Of A Forest

The seven layers of a forest, is a useful permaculture design tool and a convenient way to break down and analyze the components of a crest ecosystem. The important thing to remember is that it’s the forest’s diversity (and hence potential for connections) that makes it function. Individually, plants don’t likely know (or care) that one is fixing nitrogen while another is providing food or shelter but, through a 4.5 billion year process of co-evolution organisms have aligned themselves in ways that, as a whole, are beneficial to the entire ecosystem. As designers, we look at ecosystems, like forests, to tease out patterns and principals that we can use in our own designs. Continue reading