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 »

Symphony of the Soil

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“There’s a glowing appreciation for the rarity and value of truly fertile soil” – Film Journal International, Chris Barsanti In honor of the International Year of the Soils and the global effort to create soil consciousness, Symphony of the Soil, are allowing us to share their streaming Symphony of the Soil for the week of… Read more »

A Tale of Two Neighbours

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Trailer only. To watch the full story head to geofflawton.com “A Tale of Two Neighbours” is a story of two neighbours on either side of a river. One was an environmentalist who grazed his cattle right up to the edge of the river. The other was Geoff Lawton.

Learning and Farming – An Indian View

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Learning and Farming plays a very critical role in life of individual as well as society says Claude Alvares. He claims that though they seem separate, in reality, they are deeply interconnected. Claude laments the fact that the way multinational corporations, for their vested interest, are destroying native agricultural practices. He also grieves over how… Read more »

Finding Ways to Prevent Water Waste and Save on Rising Produce Costs During California’s Historic Drought

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THE CURRENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT Startling Statistics California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The United States Drought Monitor estimates that over 90 percent of California is currently experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions. For farmers, the increasing scarcity of water has been devastating. According to the American Farmland… Read more »

The Magic and Mystery of Constructing a Herb Spiral and Why Every Suburban Lawn Should Have One

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Herb Spiral (Panama) One of the first permaculture projects I did was building an herb spiral, and to be honest, the design has never ceased to delight me. Undoubtedly, that one and the few spirals that followed are amongst the most beautiful garden beds I’ve made. More importantly, they are also amazingly productive and a… Read more »

Arcah’s Therapeutic Permacultural Yard (Part 2)

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Edited by James Turner ARCAH is an NGO that helps homeless people in the form of social farm programs like Therapeutic Communities (CT). In 2014, ARCAH formed a partnership with CT, together offering even more opportunities. These included a permaculture design of the farm, it’s first year application, and weekly permaculture lectures.