This Little Piggy was Fed GMOs

by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology Dr. Judy Carman, associate professor in Health and the Environment at Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia) and a team of seven other co-authors and scientists have released results of a long-term, peer-reviewed toxicology study that has found even more adverse effects resulting from the consumption of genetically modified foods. Using 168 just-weaned piglets from a commercial pig farm located in the United States, […]

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Across the Board, European Farms Planting Non-GMO Seeds More Successful than GMO Crops in the U.S.

by Shicana Allen, Institute for Responsible Technology On its website, Monsanto uses the slogan “Producing more, Conserving more, Improving Lives” and celebrates the five-year anniversary of its 2008 Sustainable Yield Initiative. Calling itself a “sustainable agriculture company… developing better seeds and systems to help farmers with productivity,” the biotech giant boasts that, despite anti-biotechnology activist claims to the contrary, “GM crops generally have higher yields due to both breeding and […]

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Urban Permaculture Homestead Watch: Showcasing Current Initiatives in the City and Suburbs

by Mo Lohre and Will Redwine Interested in what random homesteaders and permaculture homes are up to? We are too. So we’re visiting them and sharing their inspiration with you. We are going to begin the Urban Homestead Watch series with the Ujima Center in Portland, Oregon. This is the permaculture home we were involved with when the Creating the Alternative Tour was manifested and it is a place that […]

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Grain Yields Starting to Plateau

Editor’s Note: As regular readers will know, I don’t agree 100% with everything I post to the site. The article below, for example, has somewhat of a focus on fossil-fuel-based fertiliser, as the means to increasing yields. But, I put this piece up anyway, as the statistical information it contains on plateauing yields is an important one for all permaculturists (and all humans in general) to consider, acknowledge, and prepare […]

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Come On Out, The Water’s Fine: Rob Talks Rain Tanks!

by Rob Avis, Verge Permaculture //www.youtube.com/embed/gPJFa2KUoUc Hey everyone. I just shot a short video on setting up a low-tech rainwater harvesting system that can be employed for an urban yard. The tank that I used is typically used for shipping food all over the world. Some might say it is indigenous to the planet. While the volume of these tanks are relatively small, they work for small irrigation projects like […]

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“Disappearing Rats and Dying Pigs” – Are GMOs to Blame?

Grim reports of dying pigs in China since 2006; are they linked to GM feed? by Dr Mae-Wan Ho On 21 September 2010, the International Herald Leader (Chinese) carried a report from Xinhua news agency on the mysterious disappearance of rats from the fields and villages in the provinces of Shaanxi and Jilin, while farmers’ pigs were decreasing in number simultaneously as the sows were suffering miscarriages and still births. […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they know exactly which trees are used for what (goat forage, fencing, medicine, fibre, etc.), how […]

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Cover Crops Solutions Chart

Click pic to download PDF As most readers of this site will recognise, nature always works to protect the soil from from wind and water erosion — by covering it with living foliage. In doing so, the cycle of life and death continues, increasing the soil’s fertility over time. Alas, many ‘modern’ gardeners have allowed themselves to become indoctrinated into trying to maintain a ‘tidy’, foliage-free garden bed — they […]

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New Allan Savory Podcast and Free Webinar

We are getting pretty excited about welcoming Allan Savory to Australia in a couple of weeks to enliven a discussion about how Holistic Management can play a key role in our future land regeneration strategies. In anticipation of his upcoming Aussie tour, Allan just recorded a podcast over at The Wellness Couch. It’s great to see the concepts of Holistic Management getting discussed in forums beyond straight-up agriculture, because, after […]

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Extendable/Retractable Roof Overhang for Sun and Shade Harvesting

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This video highlights how properly designed roof overhangs and window awnings can provide free shade and cooling in the hot summer months, as well as maximizing sun exposure and free light and heating in the cold winter months. For more info, see: Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume I, Guiding Principles to Welcome Rain into your Life and Landscape Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond – Volume II, […]

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Hive Design and the Honey Bee

The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others. — St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, d.407 What is in a design? Why do hives differ so much? Which hive is best? Choosing the best hive for your bees doesn’t need to be complicated. Once people began to keep bees, diverging from gathering the honey of feral hives, their homes have […]

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Antifragile Epiphanies: Reflections from Caux

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I had the pleasure of making a recent return visit to Switzerland for the Caux Forum for Human Security’s Dialogue on Land and Security. This was first held as a single full-day event on July 15, 2011. It was titled Restoring Earth’s Degraded Land, featuring a number of great speakers and presenters including UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja, former UK Secretary of State for International Development Clare Short, “The Man […]

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