Peak Water: What Happens When the Wells Go Dry?

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without oil, but not without water. We drink on average four liters of water per day, in one form or another, but the food we eat each day requires 2,000 liters of […]

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Putting Down Roots – Improving Asylum Seeker Food Security at the Grass Roots Level

Earlier this year I came across a very inspiring program being piloted by the Australian Red Cross called ‘Putting Down Roots’. It teaches organic gardening to newly arrived asylum seekers in Melbourne, Australia. Many asylum seekers experience food insecurity from a lack of funds, as in Australia they are often not permitted to work while their case is being processed, and there may also be a lack of access to […]

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Do We Have the Right Brain for the 21st Century? (Podcast)

Click play below to hear the podcast: Transcript below: Everyone knows that humans are doing a pretty poor job, at the moment, of solving our toughest 21 Century problems… (insert your issue of choice… for example climate change, world poverty, nature protection, misuse of antibiotics, armed conflict, economic stability, or whatever). On the other hand we all know that humans have ‘evolved reflexes’ that do a very good job of […]

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Upcoming Permaculture Courses at the PRI Zaytuna Farm, July 2013 Update

At PRI Zaytuna Farm we run three 10-Week Internship programs per year. In the past five years this Internship Program has included five subject specific courses – a Permaculture Earthworks Course, Permaculture Project Establishment Course, Learn how to Teach Permaculture Creatively Course, Urban Permaculture Design Course and a Sustainable Soils Management Course – which have been open to the public. As of 2014 these short courses will no longer be […]

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We’re Covered in Germs – Let’s Design for That (TED video)

Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, some bad for us. As we learn more about the germs and microbes who share our living spaces, TED Fellow Jessica Green asks: Can we design buildings that encourage happy, healthy microbial environments? Jessica Green wants people to understand the important role microbes play in every facet of our lives: climate change, building ecosystems, human health, even […]

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An Easy Way to Start a New Permaculture Garden

I think that many people find it daunting to start a new permaculture garden as it appears to be a lot of work, especially digging to prepare the space. However this need not be the case, as there are ways of starting your garden without any digging whatsoever. I certainly found this the most discouraging thing, especially as the surrounding area was overgrown with kikuyu grass and various other weeds. […]

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Permaculture – a Quiet Revolution: Video Snapshots of IPC8 in Brazil

Editor’s Note: There’s still time to book for the 11th International Permaculture Conference & Convergence, to begin in Cuba in November, 2013. The 8th International Permaculture Convergence brought over 200 permaculturists to Brazil (a total of 43 countries represented) in May 2007, with the common intention to create sustainability through self-reliance. Vanessa Schulz’s short documentary is a condensed version of the magic that happened.

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Climate Change Adaptation Technologies – Permaculture Design Brings Results

//www.youtube.com/embed/RQkiv_U5AoU Climate Change Adaptation technology: Stone Lines (The Sahel)(More videos below) It’s uber exciting to see simple design solutions bringing yields, low-carbon prosperity and health, to people who would otherwise suffer needlessly. Watch the excellent videos below to see how permaculture land management techniques are spreading across Africa and beyond, and giving communities an insurance against the growing threat of climate change — a problem these small-holder farmers had no […]

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Seven Health Uses for Honey

Photos © Craig Mackintosh Honey, sweet gift of our buzzing sisters the bees, is one of Nature’s exceptional health offerings. Bees make it for themselves and their brood, to live on through the winter – as such, it’s packed with everything they need, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that are beneficial for us too! Besides bee-ing a delicious, healthy sweetener for our food, honey’s properties make it useful for […]

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The Permaculture Solution – an Interview with Warren Brush

Interview by Leslee Goodman of the Moon Magazine Warren Brush [see author profile] describes himself as a certified permaculture designer and teacher, a mentor and storyteller. He is co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm, a former cattle ranch located in California’s Cuyama Valley — one of the remotest places within a three-hour drive of Los Angeles you can imagine — where his team demonstrates and teaches permaculture […]

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Functional Ecosystems as the Engine of the Green Economy

by John D. Liu This is not how it works… “If the world is a table with four legs (US, Eurozone, China/India, and the Arab world), right now, all four legs are shaky”, said Thomas Freidman, New York Times columnist after listening to discussions at the Davos World Economic Forum in January. Old capitalism, many exclaimed, is dead. What has led us to this crisis point? Studying the Earth’s ecosystems […]

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