Brilliance and Bunkum

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The terrible howlers in James Lovelock’s new book show that genius is no defence against being wrong. Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, and a pioneering modern environmentalist, has been the focus of attacks by vested interests for decades. Is there anyone as stimulating, infuriating, fascinating and contradictory as James Lovelock? As I found during… Read more »

Permaculture and Climate Change: Interview with Patrick Whitefield

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Marcin Gerwin: With temperatures rising and changing weather patterns, agriculture will most certainly feel the effects of climate change. Do you think permaculture has the potential to help farmers to deal with the changing climate? Patrick Whitefield: One specific way in which permaculture can tackle climate change is through diversity, which we emphasize. In terms… Read more »

A New Approach Needed – It’s Time to Let the Federal Government Know Your Views on the Future of Food and Farming in Australia!

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Are you concerned about the future of food and farming in Australia? Now is the time to let the new Federal Government know what you think. Earlier this week, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) made our submission to the Australian government’s Agriculture Competiveness White Paper process. The Issues paper released by the Department of… Read more »

Permaculture and Managing Holistically

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I’ve been wanting to write and post this article for some time but have been hiding behind the excuse that I just don’t have the time. I suspect though, that it has been because what I want to talk about is probably a contentious issue for some and I’m generally a placid soul who doesn’t… Read more »

Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion (video)

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Fractured Country — An Unconventional Invasion (Duration: 40 minutes) This is madness. This is sickening (and not just figuratively). It makes me feel ashamed to be a member of the human race. Please watch, and share widely. We must stop this….

Permaculture – a Lesson in Patience

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by Leanne Ejack (Alberta, Canada), PDC student, Jan/Feb 2014 at PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast, Qld., Australia I was bred, born and raised in the Western Canadian prairies, surrounded by massive cattle feedlots and kilometre-long stretches of monoculture grain crops. I always enjoyed the farming lifestyle, but I knew as a young teenager that the farming… Read more »

Permaculture in the Cities – An Interview with Geoff Lawton

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh Marcin Gerwin: Permaculture is currently hardly known in Poland. Could you explain what it is? Geoff Lawton: Permaculture is a design science. It’s a system that supplies all the needs of humanity — all the basic needs and all the intricate needs — in a way that also benefits the environment…. Read more »

Daily Inspiration for the Permaculture Revolution

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There’s a lot we need to accomplish in order to create the sustainable future we’re dreaming of. Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming. In order to keep our spirits up, it’s important to have daily reminders of what we aspire to create. Finding an inspiration that’s meaningful, making a commitment to apply it in a concrete… Read more »

On the Other Side of Collapse: Notes from the Island of Cyprus

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Sofia and crew with their recently built greenhouse This is an interview with my cousin, Sofia Matsi. Sofia is a health campaigner, artist, permaculture designer and sustainability activist. She lives in Nicosia, Cyprus. Last year, Sofia witnessed first hand the near complete collapse of the island’s economy — an event which culminated in a highly… Read more »

How To Transition To a Permaculture Lifestyle

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My message to Permaculturists: Known or unbeknownst to you — you are an exceptionally valuable and powerful human being. You are armed with the knowledge and information to bring you and the people around you into a place of abundance and harmony. You are powerful, and if you choose to be, are a pillar in… Read more »

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 »