Chapter 11: Biomimicry

‘The point is not to impose a pattern of our own making and disrupt natural patterns, but to remain ever mindful that human cleverness is subordinate to nature’s wisdom.’

Wendell Berry

In recent years we have come to understand that safeguarding natural systems is more than an act of altruism, for these systems ‘cradle and nourish’30 our societies and economy, providing for us both materially and spiritually. Janine Benyus, founder of the Biomimicry Institute, presents additional reasons for protecting the environment, for in a time of ecological crisis and shrinking resources, nature offers us a wealth of insights to apply to our own way of living. Biomimicry is the practice of emulating nature’s patterns and strategies ...

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