John Todd Living Machines Lecture

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Wealth Inequality in America

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6yAIj5F6JA Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is.

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A Quick Reflection on the Internship at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm

OMG! That is internet speak for Oh My Goodness! The first day at the internship was something no one could prepare me for: the open air, the cattle, the horses, chickens, food forests, pasture, correctly built structures that harmonize with the sun, swales, ponds, dams, and embarking on a journey and communal living with people from all over the world. “A far cry from my native North East Texas – […]

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Greening the Desert (the ‘Sequel’ Site) Project – Spring 2013 Photo Update (Jordan)

It’s spring time for the Jordan Valley Permaculture Project (aka "Greening the Desert – the Sequel"), the lowest place on earth (400 metres below sea level) and one of the hottest and driest, and our trees and gardens are full of produce. During the internship that was held at the project in November 2012 the students worked on installing a new irrigation system that has obviously made a big difference!

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Bike-Sharing Programs Hit the Streets in Over 500 Cities Worldwide

by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute Politicians, lobbyists, and tourists alike can ride bicycles along a specially marked lane between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, part of the 115 miles of bicycle lanes and paths that now crisscross Washington, DC. In Copenhagen, commuters can ride to work following a “green wave” of signal lights timed for bikers. Residents in China’s “happiest city,” Hangzhou, can move easily from public […]

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Suckled on Lies

The case for banning advertisements aimed at children is overwhelming. by George Monbiot How many people believe this makes the world a better place? A company called TenNine has hung advertising hoardings in the corridors and common rooms of 750 British schools(1). Among its clients are Nike, Adidas, Orange, Tesco and Unilever(2). It boasts that its “high impact platform delivers right to the heart of the 11-18 year old market.”(3) […]

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“Urban Permaculture: The Micro Space”

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Bamboo Wattle and Daub Structures

Natural-Building-Course

Photos © Craig Mackintosh The main buildings at the PRI’s Zaytuna Farm remind me a little of those cute homes I saw in tales in children’s books as a kid. You know — the edible type, made of sugar, etc. The natural colour, texture and shape all lend themselves to this nostalgia. But, despite appearances, most of these structures are actually made of straw bale (with a daub and lime […]

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Tackling “Monoculture of the Mind”

Billionaires forgo iron-rich crops in push for GM bananas in India Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity from our farms and diets. And what survived as spontaneous crops — like amaranth greens (chaulai) and chenopodium (bathua) that are rich in iron — were […]

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A Visit to Rak Tamachat Farm (Thailand)

The Rak Tamachat farm was a great introduction to motivated, intelligent permaculturists, and the beginnings of a robust permaculture farm in the works. Jake (Australia) and Mark (Texas) gave me a grand tour of the farm. The first thing we saw was the grey water system, here the tap water used for cooking and washing dishes is funneled through a bucket filter that is piped to irrigate an herb garden […]

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PDC in Austria: May 9-20, 2013

Bliss Permaculture is happy to announce that it will be giving a Permaculture Design Course in the beautiful rolling foothills of the Austrian Alps in May 2013.

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The Self-Hating State

Devolving policy to “the market” doesn’t solve the problem of power. It makes it worse. by George Monbiot In other ages, states sought to seize as much power as they could. Today, the self-hating state renounces its powers. Governments anathematise governance. They declare their role redundant and illegitimate. They launch furious assaults upon their own branches, seeking wherever possible to lop them off. This self-mutilation is a response to the […]

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