Permaculture and Climate Change: Interview with Patrick Whitefield

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 of trees, one of the big problems with planting trees is that we don’t know […]

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

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 Agriculture includes proposals to expand large-scale agriculture, primarily with a view to export. Regrettably, the […]

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Grow Heathrow: Response to Comments

Photo: Transition Heathrow Having received some rather interesting comments on the article about Grow Heathrow, I felt it worthwhile to expand upon some of the issues surrounding the project. As it says in my article (1), the legal situation of Grow Heathrow is far from certain and court proceedings against the people who set up the project actually began a few months into it. However, the project is still going […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America: Permaculture Punks of Mexico City

In this edition of Permaculture Around Latin America, we move north once more to learn about the strange but wonderful intersection between punk and permaculture. Take a look at this video titled ‘Permaculture Punks of Mexico City.’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLPP088so4E I did some research and it looks like the Tierra Viva Collective is currently no longer active. This blog was the only thing I could find that linked to them, and they […]

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Bioremediation of Industrial Pollution – Utilizing Fungi, Bacteria, and Plants to Reduce Oil Pollution in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin and the World

Natural resource exploitation affects almost every corner of the earth, and the extraction of crude oil is just one excessive example. However, when the most biodiverse region on Earth is forced to endure irresponsible drilling, the consequences are magnified. The Amazon Mycorenewal Project (AMP) is currently on the ground in Ecuador, witnessing this devastation first hand and working towards a solution.

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Loved to Death

By embracing their critics and colonising governments, corporations engineer a world of conformity and consumerism. How do you engineer a bland, depoliticised world, a consensus built around consumption and endless growth, a dreamworld of materialism and debt and atomisation, in which all relations can be prefixed with a dollar sign, in which we cease to fight for change? You delegate your powers to companies whose profits depend on this model.

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Sri Lanka Partially Bans Glyphosate for Deadly Kidney Disease Epidemic

Glyphosate’s metal-chelating activity causes bioaccumulation of toxic metals in the body, resulting in an estimated 400 000 cases in Sri Lanka and 20 000 deaths. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A fully illustrated and referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Sri Lanka is set to partially ban glyphosate-based herbicide use following a new peer-reviewed study linking it to a […]

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Intro to Permaculture in Kodai Kanal, South India, April 17th 2014

During the Earthship Building Course at the farm here in India last month, I taught what I called a ‘Permaculture Primer’. I had one afternoon to summarize my 12 years of self education, my 10-week Internship and PDC with Geoff Lawton at the PRI, and somehow explain what Permaculture is, what it can do and how one could get started and continue learning until either deciding to take a course […]

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Earthship Building Course Finishes in South India

Years ago, I was in India, half way through my Visa, wondering what to do and where to go. I was tired of the tourist trail and randomly googled ‘Earthship India’ and found exactly what I was looking for — a project in Tamil Nadu, building an Earthship for a fellow hoping to make a change toward a more sustainable lifestyle, starting with his home. Alex Leeor had chosen a […]

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Food Feudalism and the Invention of the Wilderness

Humans, in this current form, have been around for about 100,000 years. Until agriculture went mainstream about 10,000 years ago, most cultures lived as hunter-gatherers, only making minor modifications to the plant communities growing around them. They relied predominantly on native, perennial plants and animals. The development of agriculture is typically referred to as the “Dawn of Civilization”, while Anglo-European folk history paints a narrative of life “in the bush” […]

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April 9th: The Day that Water Won! (USA)

Water harvesting earthworks at the WMG Learning Lab capture water after a rain For one day, we have the opportunity to vote for sustainable water practices. We have the opportunity to vote for living systems — the very systems that permaculture is based on. Your vote can help fund the slowing, sinking and spreading of sustainable water practices that have far-reaching benefits for communities around the world.

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Omaha Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health – Presentation Resources

Recently, I had the honor of attending a national conference on cover crops and soil health. The conference was held in Omaha, Nebraska on February 17th to the 19th, sponsored primarily by the Howard G Buffett foundation and SARE (Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education). The attendees represented university specialists, seed vendors, farmers, non-profit groups, and government organizations focused on how to improve the health of our nation’s soils.

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