Thinking Out Loud: Rentier Capitalism, Natural Capitalism, and Permaculture – A Few Observations

Ecological destruction and environmental degradation are merely symptoms of a more profound structural economic problem endemic to industrialization and consumerism. As can readily be observed, these are systems based on a flawed operational and ideological premise that believes it can “generate profit” by consuming its capital — the most important being nature itself. Ostensibly, fossil fuel-based industrial capitalism has sought to replace nature’s “autotrophic infrastructure” as the functional basis of […]

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Top Five Fruit Trees for Canberra Backyard Food Forest Gardens

As we move into the winter months here in Australia, it’s a great time to start planning and design your backyard food forest so you are ready to go in spring. Further, winter is a time when you can buy bare root trees, which are cheaper than stock that has been potted on. With this in mind I thought that I would start to offer some ideas to people in […]

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If You Plant It, They Will Come – Friendly Pollination Practices

Blazing Star and Little Sulphur (source) Encouraging pollinators into our gardens is one of the biggest contributions we can make to ensure a healthy polyculture of plants and insects on our land. About ninety percent of all plant species need pollinating insects. Planting natives is an essential step in increasing habitat for our little friends. You should avoid hybrids — they generally have less pollen and are more subtly scented, […]

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Fernglade Farm – Late Autumn (May) 2013 Update

Some of the 50kg worth of tomatoes growing this season What a summer it was in the South Eastern corner of Down Under. The weather was just wacky, in that the farm received no significant rainfall between early October and late February. The farm received 60mm (2 ½ inches) of rain in very late February and then in early Autumn we went on to have the longest period of continuous […]

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Debt and Money: Facing the Music

What is music? An agreement. What is debt? An agreement. They are the same thing. No, they aren’t the same. Let me explain. Music is an activity that people do together based on an agreement about the value of units of time, frequency of beats, frequency of tones, loudness and dynamics and the intervals between tones in melody and harmony. Of course when I say it that way it sounds […]

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Insecticide Blamed for Bee Decline also Lethal to Aquatic Organisms

Low chronic exposure to the soluble insecticide is lethal to fresh water shrimps. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. A new study shows neonicotinoid insecticides are lethal to freshwater invertebrates following low but constant exposure. This group of insecticides are in the headlines again following a partial EU–wide ban agreed in April […]

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Cow Horns, Weeds and Worms (Lesotho)

Miles Durand (right), in Lesotho Introduction Lesotho is a small, mountainous country in Southern Africa. There has been an alarming two third reduction in its food production since colonial times. The signs and causes are self-evident and can be seen on the landscape and within the population. There is an urgent need to move the existing agriculture, in decline, to one of ascendancy in food production, and return the soil […]

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Companion Planting Chart

Click for larger view Further information: Companion Planting Information and Chart Companion Planting Guide Biodiverse Systems are More Productive

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The Eleventh International Permaculture Conference & Convergence (IPC11), Cuba (Nov/Dec 2013)

Permaculture has for more than 30 years been an innovative system of techniques based on the best practices of traditional cultures of the planet, knowledge learnt from Nature and its ecosystem functioning and the adoption of new technologies that are ecologically friendly. All of this, combined with deep ethics and design principles to integrate the different dimensions of sustainability in human settlements — like energy, water, transportation, financing, human communities […]

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Ban GMOs Now – Health & Environmental Hazards Especially in the Light of the New Genetics

The most exhaustive, and up-to-date summary of the dangers of GM agriculture for 2013. GM agriculture is a recipe for disaster, as this report will make clear. It is also standing in the way of the shift to sustainable agriculture already taking place in local communities all over the world that can truly enable people to feed themselves in times of climate change. Order your copy now. (Executive Summary here, […]

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No-Nonsense Marketing for Permies, Farmers and Earth Repair Entrepreneurs (Podcast)

by Rob Avis I recently had the opportunity to interview my friend Tad Hargrave from Marketing for Hippies in Edmonton, Alberta. Verge has been hosting Tad’s workshops in Calgary, Edmonton and Central Alberta for the past few years now, and we’ve benefited greatly from his coaching services too. We share a similar vision with Tad: we see the importance of showing people how to thrive in earth repair businesses. A […]

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Elevation

Who do Bono and the ONE campaign really represent: the very poor or the very rich? It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq(1,2,3). At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair’s lap. African activists […]

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