Help them help you…

16 01 2009

A short article in the October 2008 National Geographic profiled the Sargon, or African giant pouched rat. The reason? The animal’s impeccable sense of smell and ease of training for the purposes of detecting land mines. This tale struck me as particularly illustrative of the fascinating ways that biodiversity can and has served humankind. It doesn’t take much extra thought to realize that the host of species that are now domesticated and serve us also once came from wild stocks. As this example shows us, we not only depend on biodiversity but may need it to save us from ourselves.

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17 01 2009
GerBear

Oh, I have it! The rat sniffing for mines would fall under cultural services, because it provides a sense of security for people.

When in doubt, place in cultural services. It is the catch-all group.

29 01 2009
lopez

…then leave ‘social scientists’ like lopez to mop up the mess of contested definitions and (in)commensurability issues 😉

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