Returning the Rain to Jordan

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Alice has recently had this article published on “The most severe problem we face in Jordan is water scarcity,” says Mohammed Ayesh of the country’s Royal Botanic Gardens. “Most of our other problems stem from that – like food security, economic hardship, or the loss of biodiversity.” Jordan is among the world’s three most… Read more »

Build your own PotBot Irrigation – An Example of Growing Permaculture Systems from First Principles

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Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to… Read more »

Find Freedom in a Tiny House

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In association with the Simplicity Institute, Jordan Osmond of Happen Films has recently produced a short film based on the ‘tiny house’ build, which is available for viewing above. Please share with your friends, family, and social networks. Find Freedom in a Tiny House What is a house? I feel this is a dangerous question,… Read more »

New Zealand Ram Pump

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Ram pumps are fascinating because they achieve the seemingly impossible task of pumping water to a higher height than the water supplying the pump, and they do it with no added energy input. This is often misunderstood as needing no energy, but a casual lesson in the laws of thermodynamics tells us this is impossible…. Read more »

Revisiting Ethics in Sustainable Agriculture

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Sustainable agriculture is by nature, an ethical industry. By definition it is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way… Read more »

US Government Award for GM Golden Rice Slated by Leading Environmentalists

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Environmentalists, including one of the world’s most “powerful” women, have called on the United States Government to withdraw the award it has given to controversial “Golden Rice,” which is widely labelled a hoax. Highly respected Indian scientist, physicist and ardent environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva responded vehemently to the announcement that the White House Office of… Read more »

INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective is Available to Watch Now

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Yekra Player Please click above to watch the Trailer INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing… Read more »

Winter Permaculture Design Certificate PDC Course at the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia

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“The problems of the world are becoming increasingly complex but the answers remain embarrassingly simple” – Bill Mollison David Spicer and Salah Hammad are joining forces in this year’s Winter Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia with a guest lecture from Geoff Lawton. It will run for two weeks from… Read more »