Free Online 3-Day GMO Summit (October 25-27, 2013): Register Today!

The scary truth about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is being deliberately kept from you…. Fact: Your food has been unnaturally changed. These changes have very serious consequences. Your family’s health is at risk and you deserve the truth…. We’re going to share with you the true effects of genetically engineered food on human health and the environment. You’re invited to join our panel of experts, researchers and activists in an […]

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World Food Day? How about World Food Life?

Next Wednesday, October 16, sees the marking of a rather bizarrely-named festival, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) organised ‘World Food Day’. The event is an annual one, which seems to highlight the rather curious focus of this festival: for if we are only celebrating food for one day of the year, what happens on the other 364? The aim of the event is to highlight food security […]

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What’s Holding Our Local Farmers Back?

As much as I love fresh local food, why isn’t there more of it? Why aren’t there more small farmers selling their amazing produce to their own communities? What’s stopping them? For sure, the local food movement is growing, but why is it still at the fringe of society? Or am I just being impatient? In my last post, I looked at excuses consumers make to justify their supermarket addiction. […]

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Climate Breakdown

How governments bemoan the problem but keep stoking the fires. by George Monbiot Already, a thousand blogs and columns insist that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s new report is a rabid concoction of scare stories whose purpose is to destroy the global economy. But it is, in reality, highly conservative. Reaching agreement among hundreds of authors and reviewers ensures that only the statements which are hardest to dispute are […]

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Medicinal Plants

Medicinal plants are more than simply objects with useful chemical and symbolic aspects. They are living organisms that are functionally embedded in the cultural fabric of social groups and institutions. They play an integral role in ideas of balance and cosmological order that often reflect sophisticated medical theories of the human body, the symptoms it experiences and their underlying causes. Many different elements are involved in the complex of ideas […]

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Building an Insect Hotel

by Bor Borren For the internship at PRI Zaytuna Farm, Australia (Winter 2013) each student has the mandate to carry out an independent project. I chose to make an ‘Insect Hotel’ or a ‘Bee Hotel’. This has been given a place on the border between the kitchen garden and the adjacent food forest. On the farm there is a lot of material like bamboo, wood and recycled materials with which […]

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How Old Are We?

I am sixty years old. When confronting my age I realize that the older I get the more vulnerable I am to sickness and injury. I know that as we age we slowly lose physical strength and ability. It is hard not to get depressed about this. The prospect of eventually losing control over more areas of our lives and becoming increasingly dependent on others is not a happy one. […]

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Rewild the Child

A week in the countryside is worth three months in a classroom. by George Monbiot What is the best way to knacker a child’s education? Force him or her to spend too long in the classroom. An overview of research into outdoor education by King’s College London found that children who spend time learning in natural environments “perform better in reading, mathematics, science and social studies.”(1) Exploring the natural world […]

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Tough Fruit

A line of thought evolving from the interest in both epigenetics and the Paleo diet has led to an exploration of low cultivated, western European, Asian and North American fruit trees in our Food Forest systems. What does this mean? Well, we all love fruit. A fresh, crispy apple or sweet, fleshy nectarine are hard to beat, but how often do we need to eat such super sweet treats bred […]

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Re-enchant the Seed!

Why Seed Saving and Exchange is Essential Permaculture & Community Practice — a How-To with Red Semillas Libres Chile. by Crystal Allene Cook Poster for the Red Semillas Libres Chile Seed Exchange Like many permaculturalists I work another job and this fall mine happened to take me to Valdivia in the Patagonian region of Chile. My first Saturday in town, in the local large supermarket, I spent an hour reading […]

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The Hour is Darkest just before Dawn: Crisis as Opportunity

The Festival of Ideas is on at the University of Melbourne at the moment, and I was invited to give a short talk, envisioning how Australia made the transition to a low-carbon society by the year 2033. Here is the transcript: As I look back from the year 2033, I would like to be able to tell you that the transition to our low-carbon society was smooth and rational. I […]

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Kiwi Web App Paves Way for Everyday Democracy

A Collaborative Decision-Making Tool Editor’s Note: I believe many permaculturists will find this new collaborative decision-making tool of extreme value. Please watch the short, easy-to-understand intro video at top, and learn more about the reasons for its creation via the TEDx video at bottom. Thanks to all involved in creating Loomio! This simple software will help a great many people reshape the world more efficiently and peacefully — a scenario […]

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