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!!

YouTube Tuesday: My Son on Twitch Instead

My youngest son, Joe, has begun streaming himself playing some of his Steam games like his YouTube hero, Mark Plier. Only thing is, he’s not streaming on YouTube, he’s streaming on Twitch. He’s also just doing it for fun right now as he learns how to stream and use Twitch. He may, eventually move to YouTube but then again, he may not.

The main game he’s playing is Phasmophobia. He enjoys playing with other people as long as they actually want to play the game and not just clown around. He’s also playing Forest and Uno just not as much. He often lets his viewers decide what he’s going to play when he first starts his live stream.

He talks to people as well, as long as it doesn’t interfere with game play. He will greet viewers when they first show up, but he doesn’t text or anything because it will interfere with game play.

I am very proud of him for doing this as he’s always been a bit on the shy side. He’s also not that tech savvy, but he’s willing to learn. If you’re interested, the link to his stream is below

If anyone out there has any tips or advice to give him as far as streaming or his live feed goes please, let him know. He’s very open to constructive criticism.

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