The Great Escape

//www.youtube.com/embed/rDvnUiO-LAk If you ever thought animals don’t think, feel, fret, get excited or joyous, think again… Here are some dairy cows in Holland being released from a building after a long winter. Permaculture should provide for the happiness of all creatures — and it can.

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Declare Your Independence From the Chemical Companies – Get Rid of the Chemicals Today

People love to hate Monsanto, yet a lot of those same people still have a bottle of weed killer, a bag of synthetic fertilizer, or some insecticide laying around their garage. They will read and talk about how evil these companies are, but then embrace them by purchasing their products to use in their garden because it is "easy" or because they "don’t want to do all of that work […]

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e-PDC: The Case for Online Permaculture Education

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Would you believe that 1 in 6 married couples in the U.S. now meet online? I know what you’re thinking… the U.S. divorce rate is 1 in 2. Point taken. But, sincere connection does happen for some people over the internet. Recently there has been a stir in the Permaculture community over Geoff Lawton’s widely publicized and highly enrolled Online PDC (Permaculture Design Course). Many opinions about the concept of […]

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Charter of the Deep Future: Enough, For Everyone, Forever

Below is a short excerpt from Samuel Alexander’s new book, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation. This book is a creative work of fiction – a ‘utopia of sufficiency’ – which envisions a simple living community that became isolated on a small island after the collapse of industrial civilisation. Looking back from the future, the book provides a written documentary of the economy, culture, and politics of the community. In the […]

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US Staple Crop System Failing from GM and Monoculture

Resilience, yields, pesticide use, and genetic diversity, all worse than Non-GM Europe by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A new study shows that the US Midwest staple crop system — predominantly genetically modified (GM) — is falling behind other economically and technologically equivalent regions. Western Europe, matched for latitude, season and crop type as well as economic and technological development, outperforms the US (and Canada) with regards to yields, pesticide use, genetic […]

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The Landed Mafia

It’s time we confronted the National Farmers’ Union and the millionaires it works for. by George Monbiot Is there any organisation as selfish, grasping and antisocial as the National Farmers’ Union? Is there any organisation, except the banks, which secures so much public money while offering so little in return? Here are some of the positions the NFU has taken over the past few months.

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Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 liters of […]

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Putting Down Roots – Improving Asylum Seeker Food Security at the Grass Roots Level

Earlier this year I came across a very inspiring program being piloted by the Australian Red Cross called ‘Putting Down Roots’. It teaches organic gardening to newly arrived asylum seekers in Melbourne, Australia. Many asylum seekers experience food insecurity from a lack of funds, as in Australia they are often not permitted to work while their case is being processed, and there may also be a lack of access to […]

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Do We Have the Right Brain for the 21st Century? (Podcast)

Click play below to hear the podcast: Transcript below: Everyone knows that humans are doing a pretty poor job, at the moment, of solving our toughest 21 Century problems… (insert your issue of choice… for example climate change, world poverty, nature protection, misuse of antibiotics, armed conflict, economic stability, or whatever). On the other hand we all know that humans have ‘evolved reflexes’ that do a very good job of […]

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Upcoming Permaculture Courses at the PRI Zaytuna Farm, July 2013 Update

At PRI Zaytuna Farm we run three 10-Week Internship programs per year. In the past five years this Internship Program has included five subject specific courses – a Permaculture Earthworks Course, Permaculture Project Establishment Course, Learn how to Teach Permaculture Creatively Course, Urban Permaculture Design Course and a Sustainable Soils Management Course – which have been open to the public. As of 2014 these short courses will no longer be […]

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We’re Covered in Germs – Let’s Design for That (TED video)

Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments? Jessica Green wants people to understand the important role microbes play in every facet of our lives: climate change, building ecosystems, human health, even […]

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Summer 2013 at ‘Caroola’ (NSW, Australia) – Water, Bushfires, Regeneration and Lots of Learning

Scorched land What can I say, the beginning of 2013 saw a huge exposure to external influences, including bushfire and lots of rain, but continued learning, planning and a solid and exciting way forward!

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