Why techno-social intervention?

The tools of biotechnology have been used for the past three decades
within a very limited socio-economic regime. The logic of innovation
and competition within venture capitalism commodifies and privatizes
humanity's common genetic resources placing control of vast industries
like agriculture and medicines in the hands of the few. Companies in
this environment innovate new technological interventions to increase
market share and profit and in doing so often degrade our commons and
create artificial scarcities that perpetuate their oligopolistic
control.

Herbicide Application (Christopher Berkey for NYT)

Monsanto's Roundup-Ready GMO crops push other germplasm out of the
fields of America's farms. The extensive use of crops genetically
modified to resist glycophosate, or "Roundup" as it's marketed by
Monsanto, herbicide has destroyed the ability of farmers to use the
safest and most useful herbicide known to man. Today, 14 wild-type
plants have developed resistance to glycophosate. These "superweeds"
have grown so abundant as for the herbacide to now be useless. Paying
migrant laborers to enter these toxic fields to pull superweeds is not
profitable for farmers and the shift to more toxic and persistent
herbicides like 2-4-D appears to be inevitable.

The Adaptive Cycle, Gunderson and Holling (2002)

We must overcome the foolishness of "I brought you into this world and
I'll take you out" type thought. The products and processes of
biotechnology are too valuable for any one entity to control and
destroy at will. Oligopolistic and hierarchical control of any system,
including capitalist markets and biotechnologies, is a poor
organizational strategy. These forms of organization have not and will
not be able to contribute to building a resilient society that is able
to mitigate and adapt to the multiple crises of the 21st century,
including the fall of the Holocene climate regime, the rise of
extremist right-wing paramilitaries and the erosion of legitimacy of
most modern institutions, rapidly growing income disparity in the
historically "developed" nations, and the functional collapse of
virtually all ecosystems. In fact, these forms of organization are
largely responsible for these crises.

ArkFab is part of the rise of a new networked organizational form that
is commons-based rather than proprietary-based. We are a part of a
post-scarcity culture that is building a new system of innovation to
respond in part to these dramatic failings of the Occident's modernist
industrial experiment. ArkFab is an appropriate biotechnology
collective that endeavors to develop technological interventions that
enable sustainable local economies. We are an experiment in a
post-scarcity system of innovation. We are building an autonomous
space for innovation outside of the dangerous environmental logics of
traditional research and development laboratories.

As technologists, entrepreneurs, proponents of the hacker ethic, and
members of the open source movement we have discovered the need for
the use of radically different finance, communications, and
organizational infrastructures to support our endeavors; and as
collectivists and entrepreneurs, organic farmers and computer
scientists, technicians and anarchists, and inheritors of a long
tradition of people's resistance in America we have hundreds of years
of historical cases and theory to work from.

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