Category: Why Permaculture?

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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Should We Debate The Future of Our Cities

Overview of the city of Milan

The earliest human habitations were caves, on mountaintops, or inside hastily thrown-up fortifications on open plains. After the Neolithic Revolution caused a shift from hunting/gathering to agriculture/settlement these early habitations grew into walled cities for the rich, with peasants and agriculture outside the gates. A lot of water went down the drain since then. Modern cities are praise songs to conspicuous consumption. It is if cities do not care about […]

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Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

Karuna Insight Design: Permaculture in Practice in the United Kingdom

This family-owned and operated permaculture operation in the United Kingdom is an amazingly unique and inspirational example of what can be accomplished over only a short amount of time, with even just a small team. In just 10 years, Janta Wheelhouse, who calls himself, rather appropriately, a diversity specialist, and his family are making great strides to rehabilitate their land in Shropshire, despite a mountain of obstacles on every side. […]

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Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Comparative look at Organic and Conventional Farming

Organic farming has in the recent past gained popularity. Farmers are willing to take up the risks associated with this venture and commit themselves to stringent measures required to attain organic farming certification. Consequently, with the growing interest in this form of organic, there is a rise in criticism of the same measure by those who have kept on opposing organic farming. Conventional farming standards, that are heavily seen to […]

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Survival in Different Terms: A Healthy Ecosystem Is Not Based on Survival of the Fittest

Caiman in Panama (Courtesy of Emma Gallagher

As I’m working my way through and around Geoff Lawton’s online PDC course, I’m pulling out all sorts of nuggets, things that spur my thoughts or twist a smile onto my face. It’s great to hear about familiar ideas in a new light and to feel inspired once more with all the possibilities permaculture presents and all the possibilities to present permaculture. Video: Geoff Lawton’s PRI Zaytuna Farm Tour Somewhere […]

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Permaculture, a Holistic Solution, Is Applicable Empowerment to World Poverty on a Local Level

Kids in Casa Guatemala Who Helped Us with a Soil Rebuildng and Erosion Prevention Project

I worked for many years with NGOs, most of which were providing English education in order to provide people with the ability to make living in industries, like tourism or international business. Generally, I volunteered in communities where impoverishment was beyond anything I’d ever seen growing up in the USA: Houses were lean-tos constructed from randomly amassed scrap materials, schools often lacked electricity and/or materials and/or books, and people suffered […]

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Could We Change Consumption to Production

Could We Change Consumption to Production

When I consider the age of current and wannabee world leaders I want to cringe. I am sixty-nine myself, and planning the end game perhaps ten years ahead. This is how things work: we live in our own timeframes. I only need enough money until I die. Teresa May is 60, Angele Merkel and François Hollande 62, Vladimir Putin 63, and Donald Trump 70. We have as much hope of […]

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What Can Be Done in 99 Days

What Can Be Done in 99 Days

Recently Justin Rhodes has given a vlog update on what he and his family have achieved in just 99 days. This is a great video by Justin and shows just what can be accomplished in 99 short days. From reclaimed materials though to growing 75% of his food. Connect with Justin; On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantpermaculturefarm/ On his website: http://abundantpermaculture.com/ Or on his very popular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSGEokQQcdAVFuL_Aq8dlg/featured

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Yield is Theoretically Unlimited

Yield is Theoretically Unlimited feat

Well in practice we find this to be a truth, not a theory. Over time our yields just keep growing. And we can always find more ways to get more out of the system. The native peoples have managed the Amazon Rainforest for 5,000 years since they first arrived there. Treading very lightly. But hey there’s always room for more tree houses. No? Our very small back yard (800 sq […]

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Learning More on How to Think about Soil

Seedling & Soil

I don’t know why it is, but I’ve taken to waking up at about five every morning. I kiss my wife Emma on the head, creep downstairs from the loft of our apartment and spend the next hour or more watching Geoff Lawton videos from the PDC course. She knows I’m doing it. It’s nothing weird. But, for the most part, we don’t talk all that much about it. This […]

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Shifting Baseline Syndrome

Shifting Baseline Syndrome

To put it in its most simplest terms, shifting baseline syndrome is basically the way in which humans, and every generation essentially, lowers its standards over the course of time. These generations are not lowering their standards on purpose, or because they have any negative goal, but simply because they don’t know any better. It all occurs underneath the surface level, with most completely unaware of what’s happening.

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