"Zabaleen" is the Arabic term for those visionary and enterprising people whose culture revolves around recycling. The Zabaleen are experts at "transforming one man's garbage into another man's gold" and aspire toward a net zero-waste economy. Applied and supported this could lead to true energy independence, not only by radically reducing our demand for "raw materials" and hard to extract natural resources but by recycling other less obvious phenomena and materials that are now wasted.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
BBC News - 'Artificial life' breakthrough announced by scientists
I find this enormously exciting and hope that developing countries can also participate and contribute to the evolution of new life forms that can serve useful industrial ecology functions that can help them leapfrog past the outdated mechanical and chemical technologies that force dependency on fossil substance an...d fuel (and nuclear fuel) inputs. Hail the biotechnology era!