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== Restorative Economics ==
 
== Restorative Economics ==
The Integrated Biomass System is almost completely self-reliant, eliminating the need for many expensive inputs typically associated with conventional agricultural production such as feed and fertilizer. Lower overhead costs for small farmers in developing countries helps to make farming more viable in these regions. Existing economic models link development with the idea of disposing of biomass as waste in landfills. The undervaluing of biomass is related to the patterns that emerge are those in which marginalized rural regions are being rapidly depleted of their natural resources to perpetuate this very unsustainable cycle of treating biomass as trash. It is not only an extractive economy but also an exploitative one that is rapidly deflating the value of natural and human systems in these regions to fuel unsustainable economic growth.
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The Integrated Farming System is almost completely self-reliant, eliminating the need for many expensive inputs typically associated with conventional agricultural production such as feed and fertilizer. Lower overhead costs for small farmers in developing countries helps to make farming more viable in these regions. Existing economic models link development with the idea of disposing of biomass as waste in landfills. The undervaluing of biomass is related to the patterns that emerge are those in which marginalized rural regions are being rapidly depleted of their natural resources to perpetuate this very unsustainable cycle of treating biomass as trash. It is not only an extractive economy but also an exploitative one that is rapidly deflating the value of natural and human systems in these regions to fuel unsustainable economic growth.
    
So long as an ecosystem is fully functional, a certain amount of biomass can be exported from that ecosystem to another part of the world without depleting or degrading the vitality of the ecosystem. So long as we do not exceed that threshold, we exist in a state of sustainability.
 
So long as an ecosystem is fully functional, a certain amount of biomass can be exported from that ecosystem to another part of the world without depleting or degrading the vitality of the ecosystem. So long as we do not exceed that threshold, we exist in a state of sustainability.
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A major culprit behind global warming is methane (biogas) gas. Anaerobic digesters are a low cost solution to mitigate global warming by reducing methane emissions into the atmosphere.
 
A major culprit behind global warming is methane (biogas) gas. Anaerobic digesters are a low cost solution to mitigate global warming by reducing methane emissions into the atmosphere.
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Biogas can function as fuel creating power in any number of configurations from providing energy with relatively low-tech devices such as boilers internal combustion engines to more complex and state of the art micro turbines and solid oxide or molten carbonate fuel cells. The waste not digested by the Anerobic bacteria and made into biogas becomes either liquid fertilizer or compost growing a variety of crops.
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Biogas can function as fuel creating power in any number of configurations from providing energy with relatively low-tech devices such as boilers internal combustion engines to more complex and state of the art micro turbines and solid oxide or molten carbonate fuel cells. The waste not digested by the Anaerobic bacteria and made into biogas becomes either liquid fertilizer or compost growing a variety of crops.
    
A community with an IF or similar sustainable technology could receive money for the scale of carbon and methane sequestration. [[Gaviotas]], an ecovillage in Columbia, received 2 million dollars from a Japanese fund and this money helped them to plant 36,000 acres of pine trees, but from the forest sprang a business exporting colofonia, which is needed to make natural paints, in Columbia.
 
A community with an IF or similar sustainable technology could receive money for the scale of carbon and methane sequestration. [[Gaviotas]], an ecovillage in Columbia, received 2 million dollars from a Japanese fund and this money helped them to plant 36,000 acres of pine trees, but from the forest sprang a business exporting colofonia, which is needed to make natural paints, in Columbia.
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The [http://www.cmpbs.org/publications/MP1.2-Longju.pdf Longju Sustainable Village] (PDF) plan was the result of a brainstorming session between leading American sustainability think tanks including the [http://cmpbs.org Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems] and the [http://www.rmi.org Rocky Mountain Institute]. This plan for South China complements the ZERI approach, promoting an integrated sustainable village model.
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# The [http://www.cmpbs.org/publications/MP1.2-Longju.pdf Longju Sustainable Village] (PDF) plan was the result of a brainstorming session between leading American sustainability think tanks including the [http://cmpbs.org Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems] and the [http://www.rmi.org Rocky Mountain Institute]. This plan for South China complements the ZERI approach, promoting an integrated sustainable village model.
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# ZERI Main page: http://www.zeri.org
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# Integrated Farming Wiki
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# ZERI New Mexico article on Prof Chan’s work in USA: http://www.scizerinm.org/waste.html
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# Presentation on IF&WMS work done in Brazil by Prof Chan of ZERI & Alexandre Takamatsu of TECPAR in Parana State
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# Article by Dr Mae Wan Ho on Dream Farm which is based partially on Prof Chan’s works: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/DreamFarm.php
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# Article on IF&WMS by Prof Chan at ZERI NM website http://www.scizerinm.org/chanarticle.html
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# ZERI International: http://www.scizerinm.org/int.html
    
== Categories ==
 
== Categories ==
 
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