Life Running Out of Control (video)

In the mid 1980s, scientists unlocked the genetic keys to manipulating our world. Suddenly everything seemed possible! There would be no more hunger or malnutrition; diseases would be vanquished and poverty wiped out. But twenty years on the situation looks very different. From the loss of biodiversity to health scares about GM food, the effects of genetic technology are prompting more and more debate. Across the world, multinationals like Monsanto […]

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Permaculture on the Mine Site and Next to the Railroad: A Free Two-Day Permaculture Workshop in the West Virginia Coalfields – a How-To and Lessons Learned

by the We Are All Farmers Permaculture Institute (Crystal Allene Cook, Edward Marshall; photos by PDC graduate Amanda Joy) Participants in the We Are All Farmers free permaculture workshop in Mingo County, West Virginia. Why should you care about Mingo County, West Virginia? You probably haven’t heard of Mingo County, West Virginia in the United States. And if you have recently, it may be for its new series of ATV […]

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Online Permaculture Earthworks Course Bonus

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Hi, it’s Geoff here again. Today I’ve got something really special for you all. My complete online permaculture earthworks course is yours for free when you register for my online permaculture design course.

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Reversing Climate Change in Just Ten Years, With Plants!

We are all pretty concerned these days about the ongoing battle for biodiversity and life on this planet. With new seed regulation in the EU, The Monsanto Rider in the US, the failure to prevent colony collapse of the global bee population, financial crisis, war crisis, humanitarian crisis, and probably countless other worrisome processes not on our radar yet, politics and economics prove to be disabled and defunct in setting […]

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Tour of Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC and Farm!

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Hi, it’s Geoff here. Last Sunday was International Permaculture Day and the launch of my new online permaculture course. We had a lot of people visit my farm on Sunday and a lot of people decided to do an online course with me. In fact some of them turned up to meet me. Check out this YouTube video of the farm tour and get a sneak peek at what’s going […]

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Bread for all – Community Oven

I met Fabrice at the top of the hill in the lovely forest at Whangateau in New Zealand, a scenic spot in the middle of the North Island. Fabrice was kind and smiling as usual, with an honest desire to talk about his project and share pure wisdom on natural building and carpentry. He has travelled extensively and has been working as a baker all his life. ‘Bread baking is […]

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Where Hope Flows

If the “hardest-worked river in the world” can recover to this extent, almost anything is possible. by George Monbiot River Wandle Photo: Keith Rose Warning: this article begins with a spoiler. If you have not read The Road already and intend to do so, please skip the first three paragraphs. Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road, which I still believe is the greatest environmental work ever written, ends with the shock […]

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Haomekka – Permaculture in Mexico (video)

Somewhere in Mexico lives a small community few have heard of. Only by word of mouth can you hear about it. This community has 17 members and has opened its doors to others. They grow their own food, and try to live sustainably using great concepts and bio-construction. This community working together has resulted in a place of creativity and knowledge. It is so versatile and such an exciting place […]

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia for March 2013

This is the early Autumn post for the ongoing research project about perennial plants and self-perpetuating annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. All previous posts from this series can be found by […]

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On Being Wrong (TED video)

The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t. — Kathryn Schulz

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GM Crops and Water – A Recipe for Disaster

A fully referenced and illustrated version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Genetically modified foods are a threat to our dwindling water supplies; they are less water-efficient and contaminate fresh water by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji Genetically Modified (GM) crops are widely recognised for their potential to damage both human health and the environment. Evidence is now accumulating of the contamination […]

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Fomenting Ferment

by Albert Bates Sandor Katz lives a couple hours across Tennessee from us, so on a delightful April weekend we decided to spend four days attending his Wild Fermentation Intensive. Sandor is quite the celebrity these days — after profiles in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Michael Pollan’s new book, Cooked, Sandor’s own encyclopedia, The Art of Fermentation, still in hardcover, has galloped through several printings […]

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