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Nov 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 20)

Suburban Habitat

  • Good aims
  • Completely commercial
When I think of the word ecotourism, the process of selling the environment as a place to visit instead of something to exploit comes to mind. When I think of my backyard, I usually think of my garden and/or the mowing I have to do in it. It was a bit eye-opening to me, then, to discover a company that envisions my yard as a sort of eco-suburb. With a focus on selling products to suburbanites interested in maintaining a healthy backyard environment, Suburban Habitat offers a range of items that will help you to make your backyard more environmentally friendly and aesthetically appealing. In the market for lady bugs? You can buy a quart for only $40. Native bees? About a buck fifty apiece. Maybe you’d enjoy some bat guano. That’s a steal at $17.50 a bag. Normally I’d avoid the crass commercialism of sites aimed primarily at selling things, but this one seems to be providing its products with a purpose, and a good one at that.
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*The opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as reflecting the viewpoints of the publisher, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publishing house, or employees and affiliates thereof.

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