Forest Based Bioeconomy

Bioeconomy is economy based on nature. It doesn’t just include making money, it also includes sustainability, technological development and community development. There are three areas of bioeconomy:

Blue Bioeconomy – based on all bodies of water such as oceans, seas, rivers and lakes

Forest based Bioeconomy – wood based including naturally occurring forests and tree plantations

Agriculture based Bioeconomy – mainly based on farming but can include animal husbandry.

I’ve already discussed Blue Economy a little bit. You can read the post here: Blue Bioeconomy

As stated above, Forest based Bioeconomy is based on forests, wood products and by products such as waste. Finland is the best example of a Forest based Bioeconomy that is well developed and successful. Other countries in Europe including Russia and France are working on their own Forest based Bioeconomy policies as a way to holistically improve not only their economies but their peoples’ ways of living.

The United States is considering bioeconomies but since the country has such a varied geography, using just one would be quite limiting and, in the end, not very successful. Individual states seem to be working on their own policies based on their own local resources.

Case in point is Michigan who has held two conferences on the subject as well as teaming up with experts in Finland as a way to leverage their own Forest based Bioeconomy policies. Technology is being developed, and practices are being put into place that will not only bring more jobs to the state, it will stimulate the local economy. Two must read articles are below:

The Second Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference

Finland, Maine and Michigan partner toward sustainable growth in forest bioeconomy

The following is a PDF that explains Forest based Bioeconomy better that I can:

Forest Bioeconomy

It’s important to keep apprised of these developments not only from the standpoint of sustainability but also investment and job opportunities. Technology is being developed to assist with achieving a circular economy from forest based products on a global scale, not just regionally and locally. As policies and practices are developed and perfected, more jobs will be created and the environment will still be protected.

Yes, there will be trade-offs, nothing is perfect. However, the trade-offs will become nominal as more circular economies based on bioeconomy are adopted and become successful.

As always, don’t take my word for it, read and research yourselves so that you can be informed on what’s going on in the world around us. I didn’t know about any of this until I audited a class online, and I am amazed at how long this has been going on, especially in the rest of the world.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Chrome Extension Review: Ecosia.org

I have had no issues using this extension and in some cases, I like it even more than Google. I know you have questions about this browser extension and so, I’m adding a link to an article written by someone who has had the same concerns as myself and others I know personally as has done the research.

A Unbiased Review of Ecosia

The author of this piece, Nick Hastreiter has done his homework on the organization behind the extension as well as on the extension itself. I like the results I get from the search engine especially since I don’t need to wade through a ton of ads like I do on Google when I want information on something. If I were looking to buy, that would be one thing, but Google assumes that’s what I’m doing no matter what I’m searching for. It’s annoying. Ecosia doesn’t do that.

I also admire what Ecosia is doing with the money they do make from the use of the extension – planting trees is the main goal, but they have other projects as well. All of their projects are for the betterment of the environment and people, and I’m all for that.

Please, read the article and then, do some research of your own. While I do recommend this browser, I don’t want you taking my word for it. I would never tell you what to do. Do the research so you can make an informed decision on your own. You are the only one who can decide what’s best for you.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!