Dramatic Health Recoveries Reported by Patients Who Took Their Doctor’s Advice and Stopped Using GMO Foods

Are genetically modified (GM) foods making you sick – I mean really sick? Up until recently, all that we could say was thank goodness you’re not a lab rat; GM feed messes them up big time. GMOs (genetically modified organisms) appear to trigger the immune systems of both mice and rats as if they were under attack. In addition, the gastrointestinal system is adversely affected, animals age more quickly, and […]

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Richard Heinberg to Speak in Australia

Richard Heinberg, one of the world’s foremost peak oil educators, is finally making a much anticipated speaking tour of Australia in September this year (2012). See the speaking schedule further down this post to find a location near you. Heinberg is a Senior Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute and renowned author of ten books dealing with declining resources, with particular focus on oil, the latest one being ‘The End […]

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Nepal – An Opportunity for Regeneration

The Annapurna Range from the beautiful Pokhara Valley, the future site of MVEF For two months in late 2010 I had the pleasure of volunteering with the Sustainable Agriculture Development Program of Nepal (SADP). Situated in an ‘off the beaten track’ valley of Central Nepal, the demonstration farm is surrounded by unreal beauty, including the very prominent Manaslu Massif (group of Himalayan mountains) of the main Himalayan Range, alongside another […]

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Firewood Igloos – Adapting an Austrian design for Australasian Conditions

In certain parts of Austria, firewood igloos are a traditional way of storing firewood without needing a permanent shelter. Placed in a windy spot for good air flow and topped with overlapping shingles, the igloos are a convenient way to season, dry and store firewood. In winter a cap of ice and snow keeps the wood snug and dry.

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We Can Reforest the Earth

by Lester R. Brown , Earth Policy Institute Protecting the 10 billion acres of remaining forests on earth and replanting many of those already lost are both essential for restoring the earth’s health. Since 2000, the earth’s forest cover has shrunk by 13 million acres each year, with annual losses of 32 million acres far exceeding the regrowth of 19 million acres. Restoring the earth’s tree and grass cover protects […]

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Spring 2012 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, Canberra, ACT, Australia, with Nick Huggins, Martyn Noakes and Colin Mclean (Staggered over four 3-day weekends)

Parliament House, Canberra If we are going to effect change in Australia, then what better place to present it in than The ACT (Australian Capital Territory). On the doorstep of people who can effect broadscale change and policy. The newly formed Permaculture Exchange Group, in Association with the Bredbo Community Land Care Group is calling for all interested ‘agents of change’ to sign up for Spring Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) […]

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Permaculture Design Course, Otamatea Eco-Village, Northland, New Zealand (1-15 March 2013)

What: 14-day intensive residential PDC course Where: Otamatea Eco-Village, Northland, New Zealand When: 1-15 March 2013 Cost: NZ$1,700 fully inclusive of tuition, food and camping (some other accommodation options are available). The course will: Cover sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates Give you a good understanding of the ethics, principles and patterns of permaculture design Convey a general understanding of a wide range of common […]

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David Holmgren on Retrofitting the Suburbs for the Energy Descent Future

Introduction by Samuel Alexander of the Simplicity Institute: I’m pleased to announce that David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept, has just published a Simplicity Institute Report, entitled "Retrofitting the Suburbs for the Energy Descent Future." Sometimes well-meaning ‘green’ people like to imagine that the eco-cities of the future are going to look either like some techno-utopia — like the Jetsons’, perhaps, except environmentally friendly — or some agrarian village, […]

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Making Labneh (Yoghurt Cheese Balls) with Nadia

by Kirsten Bradley Nadia Lawton, master labneh maker (amongst many, many other things) Labneh is a very easy to make and tasty cheese made of strained yoghurt, that can be stored in a jar of olive oil on the shelf. Cheese meets yoghurt meets olive oil meets extended shelf life (without refrigeration). And darn yummy. I’m in!

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Scorched Earth Economics

Why have the Year Zero policies of neoliberalism not been abandoned? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom. The model is dead; long live the model. Austerity programmes are extending the crises they were meant to solve, yet governments refuse to abandon them. The United Kingdom provides a powerful example. The cuts, the coalition promised, would hurt but work. They hurt all right – […]

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Permaculturebusinessworld.com

It’s been three years in the making — researching, designing, testing the application, and now it’s ready for the world to tap in and download the knowledge. During my PDC back in 2009 at the PRI, I sat there as Geoff Lawton was going through the many applications that permaculture covers. All I could think about was how many different business ideas I had come up with that could follow […]

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Permaculture, a Step by Step Change, Part II – Further Steps: Solar Heating, Easy and Cheap

The most important step Maybe the most important step in the permaculture change is mindset. The day you get motivated to follow into a life of change towards freedom from the grid, the system and advertising; that day you will have taken the first and most important step in the permaculture change process. When your mind settles into the permaculture mode, you will begin to see things differently. You will […]

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