Wake up Before it is Too Late – Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate

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Click to download (5mb PDF) In late September of last year (2013) the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) put out the latest in their Trade and Environment Review series — titled Wake up Before it is Too Late: Make Agriculture Truly Sustainable Now for Food Security in a Changing Climate. Alert readers… Read more »

Are We Using Invasive Species? (Kyrgyzstan)

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The rabbit has been an invasive species all across the globe for over 2000 years, but is most commonly known as a pest in Australia. Image courtesy of J.J. Harrison (creative commons) In agriculture we often have to ask ourselves a very serious question. Are we planting invasive species? This question deals with some incredibly… Read more »

Philosophy and Science – Or The Gospel According to Popper

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by Nancy Swanson, Ph.D. Physics, Florida State University Science and philosophy have historically been intertwined; science was developed as a discipline in an attempt to answer some basic philosophical questions. These are: How do we know that there is anything “out there” independent from our subjective experience? And What is real (or true)? The astute… Read more »

Ecology From the Air (video)

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What are our forests really made of? From the air, ecologist Greg Asner uses a spectrometer and high-powered lasers to map nature in meticulous kaleidoscopic 3D detail — what he calls “a very high-tech accounting system” of carbon. In this fascinating talk, Asner gives a clear message: To save our ecosystems, we need more data,… Read more »

Teaching Patience in the Garden

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About two years ago, my wife and I started researching permaculture as another tool to our independence. We aspired to an off-the-grid life filled with freedom and presence. Our permaculture journey started in the Himalayas, as we helped an inspiring Indian visionary establish his Himalayan Farm Project. Until today, I have read a hearty chunk… Read more »

Permaculture Making Further Inroads into China

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Major PDC at Fuzhou, mainland China, marks an important step for permaculture making inroads into China. by Robyn Francis Fuzhou, a city near the coast of southern China, has seen a flurry of a decade or so of rapid development. It is evident in the glass and concrete forests of tower blocks — many newly… Read more »

An Interview with Elisabeth Fekonia

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by Matis Aerts, Nederlands (14 years old) Elisabeth Fekonia has been practicing food self-sufficiency for the last 20 years on her six-acre property at Black Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Besides the usual vegetable gardens, fruit trees and chooks, Elisabeth also keeps cows, goats, pigs and bees. She makes all her own dairy… Read more »

Holistic Management Survey

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Allan Savory’s recent TED talk has brought much publicity to Holistic Management, and a lot of conversation around this management framework and its impact on the land and its stewards. Holistic Management offers the prospect of much improved land management, with benefits for food production, biodiversity and even the stability of the global climate, while… Read more »

Trojan Horses, Recipes, and Permaculture

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by Toby Hemenway The Transition movement seemed to catch fire right from the beginning, and I confess that its success made me, as a permaculturist, a bit envious. Here was a program for converting to a post-oil society, created by a permaculture teacher using permaculture principles, and it seemed to be becoming better known and… Read more »