Posted by & filed under GMOs, Health & Disease, Livestock, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Healthier, more productive pigs, more profit, and much less birth deformities; an important lesson for all farmers not to use GMO feed or glyphosate on their land.

by Ib Borup Pederson

Based on invited lecture at the 1st Forum of Development and Environmental Safety, under the theme “Food Safety and Sustainable Agriculture 2014”, 25 – 26 July 2014, Beijing.

“Pilegaarden” (Willow Farm)

I want to tell you what I have seen on my farm and about the on-farm and lab investigations carried out in collaboration with Professor Monika Krüger and other scientists.

My farm “Pilegaarden” (Willow Farm) is an average Danish farm in the small village of Hvidsten. Our pigs are raised accordingly to United Kingdom regulations for pig housing, and exported to the UK for consumption. Inside the pig farm is a straw-based system for the sows as well as a standard farrowing house.

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by Zachary Shahan

Also known as carpooling, lift sharing, and covoiturage, among other names, ridesharing has a longer history than the automobile. But sharing the expense of getting from one spot to another gained prominence during World War II, when gas rationing limited car trips, and again in the 1970s with both the oil and energy crises.

Ridesharing is a broad term and can even include instances when family members share rides. Generally, however, ridesharing is associated with sharing a trip to work. In the 21st century, ridesharing has gotten a makeover, as social media, smartphones, apps, and online services link people in need of a ride with people offering one. This hybrid service has been referred to as real-time ridesharing, dynamic ridesharing, dynamic carpooling, instant ridesharing, and novo ridesharing.

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Posted by & filed under Design, Earthworks & Earth Resources, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Harvesting.

Continuing with the theme of my last piece, another ideal potential equipment platform is the agricultural spec’d Unimog, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. These are highly versatile and very reliable vehicles equipped with capabilities typically associated with tractors — namely 3-point linkages, PTOs (Power Take Offs), and hydraulics. Just as with the tractor, a broad array of implements may be used for the purpose of repairing degraded landscapes.

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Posted by & filed under Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, Health & Disease, Medicinal Plants.

I resisted juicing for a long time because I thought it was an extreme activity carried out by obsessive health-food freaks. There was no way I was going to touch that pond water, no matter how many overly-happy people were drinking it and posting photos on Facebook.

Then I got sick with a condition called Actinomycosis. Two years of heavy duty antibiotics (which probably kept me alive but didn’t cure me) left me debilitated and depressed. I did not think I would ever get better. When the acute phase passed, I stopped taking the antibiotics and exhausted any natural cures that I could find out about, but I remained sick.

Then I watched a couple of convincing documentaries about juicing and decided to give it a go.

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Our first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) will take place from the 19th – 31st of May 2015 and will be certified by the Permaculture Research Institute.

The full 72 hour internationally recognised PDC will be held on site at the UK’s first Permaculture Research Institute, PRI Tap o’ Noth in Rhynie, Aberdeenshire.

The course will be led by visiting PRI-accredited teacher Angus Soutar, co-taught by PRI Tap o’ Noth’s James Reid and will also include international guest speakers.

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Grow food, repair land, build community. Join PRI Certified Permaculture Teacher Kenton Zerbin for a 72 hour Permaculture Design Course which will empower you to create systems of abundance!

Paying $1000 to our Kickstarter campaign gets you a place on this PDC!

Learn how to design and create efficient and resilient gardens that feed, homes that meet your needs, and businesses that thrive; on-the-ground practical knowledge and skills for self-sufficiency and inter-dependency!

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Market prices, grower input costs, the weather and rainfall are beyond the control of individual farmers, but the single biggest resource that they can manage in order to continue to reap the benefits from is the soil. – Dr Elaine Ingham

World leading authority on regenerative agricultural production, soil microbiologist Dr Elaine Ingham, will conduct a complete Soil Food Web Course Online that starts on September 15th, 2014

Click Here for Registration Details

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by Daniel Halsey

North America’s first convergence may not have had the flash of a renaissance festival, but the content of the presentations and conversations eclipsed even the intermittent thunderstorms and driving rain. Brilliant minds, diplomatic discourse, and energy.

The 2014 North American convergence was held at Harmony Park in southern Minnesota, USA. Attendees at the convergence were treated to an early and intense thunderstorm and tornado watch, as is the common practice in Minnesota for any outdoor event in summer. Sunny and fresh cool mornings welcomed everybody to the day’s events (and to dry out their tents).

Harmony Park is an oak savannah and wetland in the midst of the upper midwest agricultural landscape. Just off the interstate highway, attendees had a 90-minute commute from the airport or train station. Many drove from the coasts and from as far south as Texas. Most states were represented and we even broke off into groups at one point to build regional communication.

Permaculturists from Mexico, Canada, and some folks from India, Germany and Norway also attended.

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Posted by & filed under Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, News.

Growstuff, a website for backyard vegetable gardeners created by Australian software developer Alex Bayley, has launched a campaign to provide open data for food growers worldwide.

With interest in home-grown food on the rise —  a recent study found 52% of Australian households grow some of their own food and 13% more are planning to start, with similar growth reported in other countries — Growstuff looks set to become an important resource.

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Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.

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Posted by & filed under Demonstration Sites, Eco-Villages, Education Centres, Village Development.

A view of Rancho Mastatal through the Zone 1 gardens

I’ve had the opportunity to become of one the co-directors for the Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center in Costa Rica over the last five years. It is now my primary home and where I practice and teach permaculture design. The site and all that it encompasses present an established model for groups and individuals interested in building permaculture-based education/demonstration centers. I hope this graphically inclined article can serve as an introduction to this work and a base for future articles detailing our successes, challenges, ideas, and projects.

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