Category: Why Permaculture?

David Holmgren On The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Permaculture

David Holmgren On The Social And Political Underpinnings Of Permaculture feat

My small family and I recently had the great privilege of attending the 13th Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Perth, Western Australia. Upon completion of the three day convergence, filling our brains with beautiful, challenging and enlightening ideas from our peers, friends, mentors and heroes, I was lucky enough to attend two of David Holmgren’s master classes. The first being Future Scenarios, the second being Advanced Principles and Reading Landscape. Once […]

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Australia Is Currently In The Midst Of Its Own Potato Famine

Fresh organic potatoes in the field

From 1845 to 1852, Ireland suffered through one of the worst famines in history when potato blight ruined the island nation’s crops year after year. The country’s eight million citizens were highly reliant on the staple food product, and around a million people died in that time frame, while another two million migrated, forever altering the course of Irish history. As you might have heard, Australia is currently in the […]

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How Well Do Data and Sustainability Go Together?

Web resources

Recently I asked the question ‘should we debate the future of our cities?’. Topics that come to mind include whether we still need architectural gluttons gobbling our resources: whether they should be electrically self-sustaining, and whether we will have enough water to quench their voracious thirsts in time to come. I keep coming back to the same thought. Are we acting intelligently by isolating some blocks of land for residential […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City

Community vegetable garden

It has been well said that we do not see things as they are, but as we are ourselves. Every man looks through the eyes of his prejudices, of his preconceived notions. Hence, it is the most difficult thing in the world to broaden a man so that he will realize truth as other men see it. Samuel Silas Curry, 1891 What does it take to convince a person that […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

NYC Urban Farm 01

This is part two of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part one please visit: http://permaculturenews.org/2016/10/05/understanding-urban-agriculture-part-1-present-state-historical-context/ People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide, and in the first part of this article, “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context” we looked at the history of localized […]

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Making Solar Power Reality in Our Cities

Rooftop solar panels

I stepped out of line last time when I posed the question; do our cities have the right to exist at all? Now their original purpose as military strongholds is no longer on the agenda. I concluded we are stuck with them provided they add value. They should be careful. Mobs overthrew cities in the past and looted them. They are still capable of doing damage. Think what happened to […]

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Cuba Uses Localized Permaculture as One Solution to Peak Oil

The Malecon in Havana with people and traffic

Permaculture offers alternatives to fossil fuels by tackling problems on a hyper local level whilst remaining mindful of their place within the global picture. We find success when this is done in a manner that is sensitive to biodiversity and cultural diversity, whilst favoring a revival of traditional techniques and encouraging innovation. Working smarter, not harder, and seeing nature as an ally are key pillars of the permacultural philosophy. It […]

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Money Is Not the Motive

Money Is Not the Motive

What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money. Henny Youngman I can’t say money doesn’t matter. A lack of it, as well as some fairly stiff standards to meet, has prevented my wife Emma and I from buying land after two years of looking. It has led us to places we’d never planned to live but where we could afford to buy property. We have currently stopped looking […]

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When Big Business Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

When Big Business Bottom Line is Not the Bottom Line

A harsh reality of big business is the bottom line – the desire for corporations to always be in the black and experience profit, no matter the cost. In some instances, this is a fine endeavor, and can even occasionally be beneficial, as corporations discover new ways to fix a problem with ease. However, more often than not, it’s the case that big business simply finds a way to fix […]

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Fighting Seed Hegemony

Wheat

For anyone familiar with the heavy-handed sales approach that Monsanto takes with farmers around the world, this seemingly unrelated clip of Prince Ea discussing a hypothetical class-action lawsuit against the entire American public education system will likely invite a slew of apt comparisons between the two highly contentious issues. The rapper-activist’s basic premise is that it’s impossible to educate and evaluate all students using the same core curriculum and standardizes […]

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Climate Change: A Threat to Food Security and National Stability

Lightning over field

Climate change is all over the planet. We are witnessing what the world has never witnessed. Changes in the climatic environment and related factors are making farming unpredictable. Numerous reports have indicated the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Agriculture is highly dependent on the weather and thus makes it very vulnerable. At the same time, the ecosystem and the human race is highly at risk if this phenomena is […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context

NYC Urban Farm

This is part one of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part two please visit: http://permaculturenews.org/2016/10/12/understanding-urban-agriculture-part-2-productivity-potential-possibilities/ You have to know the past to understand the present. Carl Sagan Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide. and this movement has been driven by individuals and local communities interested in access to fresh, cheap healthy, more nutritious and better tasting food, increased self-reliance, local food security and sustainable food production […]

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