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Seed Bomb: Aerial Bombardment to Reforest the Earth

Benjamin Friesen

Take equipment developed by the military for planting fields of land mines and adapt to use for planting trees.

Another example of R&D for military purposes turning into something to help humans/the planet. It's sad that the United States, in particular, feels they need to spend taxpayer's money on developing war equipment instead of just skipping to the part where social good comes into play with these inventions. As a country our priorities are incredibly regressive.

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  • drewhoover

    No, not at all. I did not see this on twitter, and I've been a GOOD subscriber since July of last year. I agree that we need to recognize the bad things and that we have an obligation to work to correct them! That is why I was frustrated by part of your post. I live in a state with many regressive policies, so I can't even look away from how regressive my government is. So, while it is comforting to know that others are disturbed by our spending priorities, it is difficult for me to listen to someone criticize the government without also hearing how we as voters can encourage spending on R&D for the social good. I will look for a movement or organization working toward this goal and get back to you, since I think we are both bothered by the same thing.

  • drewhoover

    Please don't go on about how regressive our goals as a country are. First, I think the idea, which I am so glad you shared, of a bomb being adapted for environmental use speaks for itself. An instrument of destruction has been repurposed for creation! Rejoice! Second, It seems silly to address U.S. defense spending in such an offhand and unhelpful manner. At least give the reader some insight or analysis regarding federal R&D budgeting, how the process works, and how much goes toward environmental projects rather than defense. Third, negativity just makes me feel bad. And this is GOOD!

    • Benjamin Friesen

      No doubt you saw this posted on Twitter and decided to sign up to GOOD just to comment. Such a worthwhile existence. Your opinion has been noted and I will kindly say that I will continue to write as I please about what I please in the mood that suits me. You can do yourself a favor and not follow me if you are not accepting of things I remark on, simple as that.

      And just to be clear, in the countless posts I've contributed only 2 have had any "negative" remarks. It's called GOOD, but it's just as important to remember why we're trying to make things GOOD. You can't enjoy the sweet without recognition of the bitter sometimes, and you have to remember what is worth fighting for.

      I will get back to you with more information on inventions that began for military purposes. One of the largest government R&D projects that was just used by you to tell me what a bad GOOD member I am is the Internet.