When Orthodox Science Meets Permaculture Principles, Techniques and Design Process

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Design science is at the root of any definition of permaculture or put simply, permaculture is design science. — Bill Mollison Permaculture is a design/holistic/integrative science, whereas the mainstream/academic science is reductionist — that is, to understand how things work, scientists break a system and study the tiny parts. Nevertheless, permaculture can benefit from reductionist… Read more »

The Tree that Hides the Prairie

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On permaculture, vegetarianism, grasses and tree fetishism Cow on Zaytuna Farm Photo © Craig Mackintosh Meat and livestock farming are not praised by a lot of environmental activists. Meat production stands accused of stealing food from the mouths of the poor in two-thirds world countries, driving climate change, and being resource consuming. For example, the… Read more »

Read the Plants, Read the Landscape

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Observation is a key element of permaculture design, and plants can help us to understand the landscape under our feet. Indicator plants are plants that grow in such a density that their success in out-competing other plants can tell us a lot about the soil and microclimate they grow in. Several means can be used… Read more »

The Nature of Nature

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A central point of permaculture is to cooperate with nature, rather than fighting against it. But what does that mean exactly? And how to define what “nature” is? Life began some billions years ago. Since that time, life’s goals seems to survive and perpetuate itself, either at the gene or whole-earth levels (respectively, the Selfish… Read more »