A stroll through the bubbles of chemicals and men
In flipping through the future shock images of biosynthetic speculation, it's easy to miss the historical trajectory to which biosynthetic practices belong. Etienne Turpin takes a look at the long twentieth century of 'bubble-expanding' invention and the underlying drive to maintain our sphere of seven billion people, in order to understand this trajectory. He regards proto-biosynthetic techniques like the Haber-Bosch process, which produced the agrarian revolution by synthetically introducing ammonia-based fertilizer to farm Felds, as a key to understanding the dynamics of living in this brave new biosynthetic world.
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