Tag: Brian Berletic

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, “New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World,” helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) altered through gene-editing technology to eradicate pests. In this particular case, the problem is rats and other invasive predatory mammals that endanger New Zealand’s native bird populations….

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Remote Village Employs Solar Power to Reach Where National Grid Cannot

By Brian Berletic Solar power systems allow electricity to be produced virtually anywhere the sun’s rays reach whether it is in space or in a remote island village otherwise disconnected from national power grids. With costs dropping and the capability of these systems rising, along with an ever-growing community of people able to design and…

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Tech and Tradition Converge at Organic Workshop

By Brian Berletic When some think about organic agriculture they think of a throwback to a simpler era of traditional, idyllic techniques that cannot possibly compete with modern big-agriculture. However, they would be wrong. Organic agriculture simply means the lack of chemicals being sprayed on crops as fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides as well as a…

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Gene Editing Regulation Loophole Gives Biotech a Bad Name

Op-Ed by Brian Berletic Mentioning genetically modified organisms (GMO) causes most people to recoil, and reasonably so. Corporations primarily involved in producing and marketing GMOs have used a variety of unscrupulous business practices to target regulators, consumers, the media, and the general public at large to accept both their products and their ambitions to monopolize…

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School Built by Thai “Solar Monk” is Lighting Souls and Lighting Communities

By Brian Berletic What if school not only taught you the basics like reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also how to build a community from the ground up? With these skills, you could specialize in any field from the humanities to science and technology, and apply them directly to improving your community and your country….

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