Bioethics Bioethics established itself in the late 1960s as a field concerned with the ethical and philosophical implications of certain biological and medical procedures, technologies, and treatments. Early issues included end-of-life decision-making, organ donation, and human experimentation. Human biotechnology became a concern when the first bioethics institutes were established in the early 1970s. This attention skyrocketed in 1990 when the U.S. Human Genome Project earmarked 3% to 5% of its $3 billion federal budget to the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) research program, making its activities the world's largest bioethics program. Bioethics initially represented diverse ethical philosophies. This shift has been unfortunate for the public's understanding. The role of bioethics has been further compromised by its increasing financial and professional ties to the biotech industry.
One Weird Trick to Fix Farms Forever Photos by Tristan Spinski Chatting with David Brandt outside his barn on a sunny June morning, I wonder if he doesn't look too much like a farmer—what a casting director might call "too on the nose." He's a beefy man in bib overalls, a plaid shirt, and well-worn boots, with short, gray-streaked hair peeking out from a trucker hat over a round, unlined face ruddy from the sun. Brandt farms 1,200 acres in the central Ohio village of Carroll, pop. 524. "Our cover crops work together like a community—you have several people helping instead of one, and if one slows down, the others kind of pick it up," he says. But Brandt's not trying to go organic—he prefers the flexibility of being able to use conventional inputs in a pinch. Tristan Spinski Those are big promises, but standing in the shade of Brandt's barn this June morning, I hear a commotion in the nearby warehouse where he stores his cover-crop seeds. "We want diversity," Brandt thunders. Then we cross the street to the neighbor's field.
First Solar-Powered Eco Pool in Morocco Uses Zero Chemicals A family near Essaouira, Morocco happily splash around in a natural pool with zero chemicals. A beautiful, luxurious swimming pool in Morocco that contains none of the nasty chemicals that irritate your eyes and cause respiratory problems has functioned perfectly well for over a year. A family living near Essaoiura on the country’s windy west coast (famous in parts for its murals) commissioned a natural, zero emissions eco-pool that blends in with the natural landscape. Nature’ kidneys Babeth and Guy from Morocco have a whitewashed stone house typical of the area as well as a generous garden. Scientists have known for the last few decades that bulrushes and other wetland plants are nature’s kidneys and often exceed the performance of harmful chemicals, but it has only been in the last few years that people have begun to trust constructed wetlands and natural pools. Eco-controversy More on wetland plants and natural pool in the Middle East: Egypt to Re-Think Wastewater Treatment
Organic Value Recovery Solutions Renewable Food for Animals & Plants™ | Enterra Feed Corporation Black Soldier Fly Blog Being Somewhere - Low Impact Living Emergency! Pathogen New to Science Found in Roundup Ready GM Crops? Dear Secretary Vilsack: A team of senior plant and animal scientists have recently brought to my attention the discovery of an electron microscopic pathogen that appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings. Based on a review of the data, it is widespread, very serious, and is in much higher concentrations in Roundup Ready (RR) soybeans and corn-suggesting a link with the RR gene or more likely the presence of Roundup. This organism appears NEW to science! This is highly sensitive information that could result in a collapse of US soy and corn export markets and significant disruption of domestic food and feed supplies. On the other hand, this new organism may already be responsible for significant harm (see below). We are informing the USDA of our findings at this early stage, specifically due to your pending decision regarding approval of RR alfalfa. For example, 450 of 1,000 pregnant heifers fed wheatlege experienced spontaneous abortions.