Category: General

Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.” World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s […]

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How to Build A Worm Tower

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Building a worm tower is a simple, enjoyable, sustainable way to nurture your garden so that it can continue to nurture you. Earth—the stuff on the ground, not the planet—is essential for life. Anyone who has a garden (or even a house plant!) has seen a microcosm of this in action. The soil isn’t just something we walk on or that plants anchor in. It’s something that nurtures us and […]

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How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

“Industrial agriculture has created a complex system of interlocking oligopolies that spans seeds, agrochemicals, biotechnology, trading, and retailing and consumer goods companies.” The Poverty of Capitalism The above quote is made by John Hilary, director of the NGO War on Want sums it all in his recent book The Poverty of Capitalism. The industrial food system is characterized by economic focus through an outgrowth of a long and on-going process […]

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When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When I left Belize a month ago, the beginning of a garden that I (my wife and a few others) made was looking promising: Melons, pumpkins, and various types of beans were popping up everywhere, and we were nursing some tomatoes, basil, garlic, and papaya along. Malabar spinach was struggling along the fence lines, and potatoes and ginger had just been planted. Bananas, plantains, chaya, vanilla, moringa, and mulberry were […]

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Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Greenpeace and WWF are known worldwide for their unrelenting fight against the destruction of the biosphere. They are massive organisations with a global audience watching all of their campaigns. They want the best for the planet, but from a different angle to what permaculture offers. As Bill has always said, in line with Buckminster Fuller, instead of fighting a dysfunctional institution, create the alternative. If done properly, people would transfer […]

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

There are more than 2000 species of bees native to Australia, about 14 of which are stingless. The main species of stingless bees, studied in Australia, are the Trigona Carbonaria and the Austroplebeia Australis. These bees are also known as “Sugarbag” after the unique honey they produce, or “Sweat Bees” for their peculiar habit of collecting human sweat. This is thought to be a source of minerals for the insects. […]

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Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a Deadly Plant into a Thriving Business

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The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it’s actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.

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A Tool for a User-Generated Polyculture Pattern Language

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This article describes the efforts of the Apios Institute to use our website to develop a user–generated pattern language of polycultures, sites, and species. It is part of our campaign to raise funds and get new members to make our website the tool we dream it can be. This article lays out quite a bit more about that dream: a tool to help people around the world to more easily […]

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Polyculture Pattern Language: Nitrogen Fixation Patterns

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When Dave Jacke and I were writing Edible Forest Gardens, we discussed polyculture design extensively. We felt that we were beginning to see the vague outlines of an international pattern language of polycultures – a set of basic templates that might be used regardless of climate or the particular species in question. Give the huge diversity of crop species and possible combinations, there may be an almost infinite number of […]

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Plant Allelopathy

Plant Allelopathy

Plant allelopathy is the ‘chemical warfare’ among the plants imposed by one plant on another to suppress the latter and take advantage from that suppression. The word allelopathy comes from two Greek words allelon and pathos; where allelon means ‘each other’ and pathos means ‘to suffer’. Thus in the phenomenon of plant allelopathy, allelopathic plants create adverse conditions to other neighboring plants by reducing their seed germination and seedling growth. […]

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How to get your Permaculture Project Funded

How to get your Permaculture Project Funded01

The biggest hurdle with setting up a self-reliant property is the upfront cost. Most of us would love to be completely self-sufficient and a job or business that you go to work for play money right? When you look at the costs of setting up a property, the upfront investment is huge. The land, structures, energy systems, tanks, dams, food systems, equipment the list goes on and on. And then […]

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The Future of Solar Energy in the U.S. – The Case of Nevada

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Solar Energy obtained a steady increase in growth rate in the recent past both globally and in the U.S. The industry obtained extraordinary growth rate in the past 5 years. The capacity, which was nearly 1 GW in the year 2010, has reached nearly 8 GW by 2015, which is a tremendous growth in the solar industry. The projections suggest that the total installed solar capacity will exceed 12 GW […]

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