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Bio Market Insight’s lockdown sustainability reading

Here at Bio Market Insights, the team has come up with five book recommendations that our readers might want to read to pass the time in lockdown.

And as we approach the weekend, some of our audience may be wanting to spend their downtime on the topics that matter to them most.

If you are interested in buying any of the books below, the links will take you through to them.

The Synthetic Age, Outdesigning Evolution, Resurrecting Species, and Reengineering Our World. By Christopher J. Preston (MIT Press, 2018)

“A powerful, thought provoking, troubling yet at times hopeful focus on our new found ability to not just manged but also outperform evolution. His topics go beyond just climate change, and its familiar co-conspirators, species extinction, and toxic pollution and into the complex worlds of nanotechnology, synthetic biology, de-extinction, and climate engineering. It’s both well-written and accessible so would definitely recommend.”

The Old Ways. By Robert McFarlane (Penguin, 2012)

“All his books are remarkable, a mix of history, geography, geology, literature and much more. This in particular is a real treat, where he travels the tracks, holloways, drovers roads, sea paths among other ancient networks to discover lost worlds and shared stories in the UK, Spain and Palestine. A perfect journey for those of us who can’t go anywhere at the moment.”

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? By Bill McKibben. (Wildfire, 2019)

“McKibben has been described by VICE magazine as the Michael Jordan of climate change activism. He has been in the field for several decades. In fact, thirty years ago he alerted us to the dangers of climate change in his 1989, groundbreaking book The End of Nature. His 2019-published Falter book presents a sobering argument that we are close to a tipping point, not just through the continued damage to our environment but through the impact of new technologies like artificial intelligence.”

The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises. Edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch (Watershed Media, 2010)

“It was lengthy to get through, but it was worth the effort. The academic-text-like book features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture to social justice and community resilience. This informative collection takes a hard-nosed look at the interconnected threats of our global sustainability quandary and presents some of the most promising responses.”

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Edited by Paul Hawkin. (Penguin, 2018).

“Described as a New York Times bestseller, this is a book that addresses the climate crisis at its very roots. Like Post Carbon Reader, it features a number of sustainability professionals that identify what they believe to be the 80 most effective actions that can jointly reduce emissions and sequester atmospheric carbon in soils and vegetation.

The diverse initiatives described in the book include advances in energy storage, wider adoption of composting, the creation of more walkable cities, the cultivation of perennial crops for bioenergy, and cement made from greener component.”

Get involved. Have you read any of the above books already? Let us know if you have your own recommendations. Contact

If none of these books take your fancy, why not catch up on some bio-based stories below.

Read: European Commission takes aim at ‘greenwashing’ in new circular economy action plan

Read: EU chief likens Green New Deal to Europe’s ‘man on the moon’ moment and includes plan for biodegradable plastics framework.

Read: European Commission unveils proposal for EU’s ‘first-ever’ climate law

Read: European Green Deal: Bioplastics to play a crucial role in making the deal become reality.

Read: Bioeconomy policy monitor

Read: Bioplastics to ‘play key role’ in implementation of circular economy and EU environmental directives.

Read: USDA proposes new GM rule.

Read: USDA amends its guidelines for designating bio-based products.

Read: European Commission urges industry to do more to boost recycled plastics market.

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