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Basic Browns 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
A selection of consumers defined by the Roper ASW Green Gauge Report as the least interested in "green" or environmental issues. These customers have lower incomes, and believe that their disinterest is common.

Beyond Organic 2Introduction to Sustainability: Sustainable Dictionary "sustainable table" Retrieved 4/11/08
When the US government officially approved standards for organic food, a number of farmers dropped their organic certification because they felt the organic label had been co-opted by big business, and there was a burdensome amount of paperwork that they could not keep up with. Many of these farmers raise their animals and crops using methods that are even stricter than the USDA organic standards. There has been an effort to categorize these farmers, so some people are now calling these types of farms “Beyond Organic”.

Bio-Based Material 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
"Bio-“ is Greek for life.Bio-based material refers to a products main constituent consisting of a substance, or substances, originally derived from living organisms. These substances may be natural or synthesized organic compounds that exist in nature. This definition could include natural materials such as leather and wood, but typically refers to modern materials. Many of the modern innovations use bio-based materials to create products that biodegrade. Some examples are: cornstarch, derived from a grain and now being used in the creation of packaging pellets; bio-plastics created with soybean oil, now being used in the creation of many modern products like tractors, water bottles, and take away cutlery.

Biodiesel, Biofuel 1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
An alternative fuel derived from biological sources, biodiesel usually comes from recycled or virgin vegetable oils. Biodiesel is cleaner for the air than petrol diesel and releases less carbon monoxide, aromatic hydrocarbons, and partic

Biodiversity 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
The biological diversity of life on Earth. As human influence spreads, there is concern over the reduction of the total number of species and its effect on economics, medicine, and the ability of ecosystems to remain viable. Some measures of biodiversity loss are the World Wildlife Fund’s Inventory, and the IUCN Red List. WEO Wilson (Harvard University) and Peter Raven (Missouri Botanical Gardens) are key leaders in tracking and understanding the value of biodiversity.

Biodynamic Farming 1Greenopia.com glossary Retrieved 4/11/08
The use of basic organic practices but adding special plant, animal, and mineral preparations to the land and using the rhythm of the sun, moon, planets, and stars to create a healthy, self-supporting, farming eco-system.

Biomass 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
Organic, non-fossil material that is available on a renewable basis. Biomass includes all biological organisms, dead or alive, and their metabolic by products, that have not been transformed by geological processes into substances such as coal or petroleum. Examples of biomass are forest and mill residues, agricultural crops and wastes, wood and wood wastes, animal wastes, livestock operation residues, aquatic plants, and municipal and industrial wastes.

Biomimicry 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
Applying lessons learned from the study of natural methods and systems to the design of technology. Science writer Janine Benyus articulates nine principles in her 1997 book Biomimicry: 1. Nature runs on sunlight
 2. Nature uses only the energy it needs
 3. Nature fits form to function
 4. Nature recycles everything
 5. Nature rewards cooperation
 6. Nature banks on diversity
 7. Nature demands local expertise
 8. Nature curbs excesses from within
 9. Nature taps the power of limits

Broiler 2Introduction to Sustainability: Sustainable Dictionary "sustainable table" Retrieved 4/11/08
A chicken raised for its meat. Typically weighs between 3.5 and 6 pounds.

Brown Power 3"The Dictionary of Sustainable Management." Presidio School of Management. Retrieved 4/18/08
Electricity generated from the combustion of fossil fuels, which generates significant amounts of anthropogenic greenhouse gases. Brown power sources include coal, oil, and natural gas. Also, called Brown Energy.


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