Farmageddon – The Truth About the Food and Dairy Industry

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Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, Public Funds and the EU-ETS

by Carbon Trade Watch Castles in the Air English (740kb PDF) Spanish (760kb PDF) The report “Castles in the Air: The Spanish State, public funds and the EU-ETS” from Carbon Trade Watch was launched in Barcelona in June at the first meeting of the Alianza por una alternativa ecológica, social y urgente al capitalismo. Two weeks ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the report reveals the […]

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course: Permaculture for the Rural African Environment (December 2012, Konso, Ethiopia)

This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from December 10th – 22nd, 2012, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It will have a special focus on the application of permaculture to communities in the developing world. It will involve practical demonstrations both form Strawberry Fields’ own model permaculture site and from school sites in the area which are participating in the Permaculture in Konso Schools […]

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Heat and Drought Ravage U.S. Crop Prospects – Global Stocks Suffer

by Janet Larson, Earth Policy Institute September estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) show 2012 U.S. corn yields at 123 bushels per acre, down by a fourth from the 2009 high of 165 bushels per acre. Yields are the lowest since 1995 and well below the average of the last 30 years. The summer heat and drought also hit U.S. soybean yields, which are down 20 percent from […]

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Reflections on Dryland Water Management in Portugal

A reflection following a great time finding solutions for dryland water management in Portugal by Richard Perkins I’m enjoying working on a job connecting up extensive irrigation in the mountains of Extremadura, Spain, and relaxing for a couple of days after a successful and effective Dryland Water Management intensive at the budding Permaculture Institute, Vale De Lama, near Lagos in the South of Portugal. This week we have been looking […]

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Grant Opportunity to Bring Permaculture Solutions to Women Farmers in the South

Sri Lankan household Photo © Craig Mackintosh The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has, of course, a lot of resources at its disposal. Unfortunately it’s been shown that those resources have not always been utilised in ways that actually assist the people they purport to want to help. I’d like to believe that this disconnect is just due to ecological ineptitude, rather than impure motives, but it’s impossible for me […]

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Fernglade Farm – Early Spring (September) 2012 Update (Australia)

Writing the series about Food Forests has made me aware of how much interest there is in them and how they can vary from region to region, but it also highlighted to me just how difficult it may be for people to actually visit a food forest. However, thanks to the wonders of the internet and YouTube, people have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of a food forest […]

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Learning What Works in Community Sustainability Education (Whanganui, New Zealand)

An Ecological Model for Whole Community Sustainability Education Nicole Foss and Raul Ilargi Meijer at our home in April In the last five months, our small city in New Zealand has had the privilege of hosting two of the most outspoken voices on the Internet regarding peak oil, climate change and financial collapse. In April, Nicole Foss spoke to an overflow crowd on debt deflation and building ‘lifeboats.’ In July, […]

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Please Support Marda Permaculture Farm (West Bank, Palestine)

Murad Alkufash Photo © Craig Mackintosh This is an urgent call for support of the Marda Permaculture Farm, which is in dire need of financial support to bring it beyond day-to-day survival into a thriving, ecologically and economically sustainable farm and training center. At this time, its finances are at an all-time low, and immediate support is needed to maintain it until further funds are raised through produce sales and […]

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Geoff Lawton Advanced Permaculture Intensive – Earthworks, Watershed Design, & Food Forests (Oct 16 – 19, 2012, California)

What: Geoff Lawton Advanced Permaculture Intensive – Earthworks, Watershed Design, & Food Forests Where: GreenFriends Farm – Castro Valley, California When: Oct 16 – 19, 2012 Course Description This course is a rare opportunity to learn key earthworks, watershed design, reforestation, and food forest strategies from an experienced veteran in the field on an amazing broad-acre permaculture demonstration site in the heart of California’s rolling landscape. Earthworks construction, reforestation initiatives, […]

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The 2012 Farm Bill and Agricultural Subsidies: Corporate Welfare for Farmers

This video from ReasonTV covers ground we’ve covered before many times, but since little to nothing has changed on this front, we must necessarily persevere in getting the message across any way we can. Essentially, we need to stop incentivising ecological madness, waste, disease, and inequality through public subsidising of the largest agricultural criminals. Current agricultural subsidies in the U.S. mean that agribusinesses are selling ‘food’ (in inverted commas, as […]

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Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 3: Preparing to do Something

Click for larger view To be sure, buying a nice piece of land requires a lot of effort and a few happy accidents. Things have to happen ‘just right’ in order for you to acquire a highly valuable property with little cash and a lot of complications, but, who said it was going to be easy? As with everything in this life, when you overcome great complications, you feel like […]

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