Swales in North Texas Take on 2.5 inches of Rain and Perform Perfectly

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How a PDC Can Change Your Life!

Hi There, I am writing from Italy, and my name is Ignazio although everybody calls me Iggy. My friend Marilena and I would like to tell you about how the encountering with Permaculture has changed our lives. For instance, watching the following short clip today, we can surely claim that Bill Mollison´s words are true and fitting. For once you attend a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course and get to […]

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New Zealand Ram Pump

Ram pumps are fascinating because they achieve the seemingly impossible task of pumping water to a higher height than the water supplying the pump, and they do it with no added energy input. This is often misunderstood as needing no energy, but a casual lesson in the laws of thermodynamics tells us this is impossible. A ram pump harvests energy from a high volume of water as it flows through […]

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The Complexity of Reductionism: A Case Study of Genetic Engineering

As Albert Einstein famously said – “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” In my opinion, there is no area where this statement holds more relevance today than in relation to our tendency to view problems in isolation, to oversimplify complex discussions – reductionism. There can be no doubting that reductionist approaches to science have helped us achieve a remarkable […]

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Revisiting Ethics in Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable agriculture is by nature, an ethical industry. By definition it is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way (Permaculture Design Manual), and leads to farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human […]

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US Government Award for GM Golden Rice Slated by Leading Environmentalists

Environmentalists, including one of the world’s most “powerful” women, have called on the United States Government to withdraw the award it has given to controversial “Golden Rice,” which is widely labelled a hoax. Highly respected Indian scientist, physicist and ardent environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva responded vehemently to the announcement that the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) were to award […]

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A Day of Positive Action – International Permaculture Day

This Open Day has been canceled due to the extreme weather conditions expected over the weekend and for the safety and wellbeing of people attending. Coinciding with International Permaculture Day, The Permaculture Research Institute will host a free tour of Zaytuna Farm on May 3rd, 2015. People who will be in northern NSW, Australia might want to make themselves available and make a truly International Permaculture Day of it!

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Necessity Turns On the Innovative Side in Plants

-Extreme nutrient scarcity pushes plant roots in Australian kwongan bushlands to cook up ingenious strategies to survive For a general onlooker, the Australian Outback is nothing more than a bland empty void with low scrubs and bushes. But the kwongan bushland found in the south-west Australia has an unusually rich biodiversity even though subsisting on some of the world’s most infertile soils. In fact, the soil is so barren, that […]

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INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective is Available to Watch Now

Yekra Player Please click above to watch the Trailer INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design […]

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Chickens Are Moving to the Suburbs to Lay Fresh, Organic Eggs

There is nothing new about free-range chickens and fresh, organic eggs, except that nowadays more people want them – mostly because they are healthier and tastier than other eggs. This has led to a trend in many parts of the world, of keeping chickens for eggs in the backyards of ordinary suburban homes. By keeping their own hens, people are assured that the eggs they eat are 100 percent organic […]

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The Humanure Bank, Vault 1

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Winter Permaculture Design Certificate PDC Course at the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia

“The problems of the world are becoming increasingly complex but the answers remain embarrassingly simple” – Bill Mollison David Spicer and Salah Hammad are joining forces in this year’s Winter Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course at The Permaculture Research Institute, Australia with a guest lecture from Geoff Lawton. It will run for two weeks from Monday the 6th to Friday the 17th of July, 2015.

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