New Weather, New Politics

The extremes now hammering Australia leave old perspectives stranded. by George Monbiot Five children and their grandparents survived an inferno by spending three hours clinging to a jetty in the sea I wonder what Tony Abbott will say about the record heatwave now ravaging Australia. The opposition leader has repeatedly questioned the science and impacts of climate change. He has insisted that “the science is highly contentious, to say the […]

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Greeks Return to the Land

Those who read Bad News, and Good News, for Greece, It’s Time to Re-Ruralise and Greeks Reclaim the Land to Ease the Pain of Economic Austerity will want to follow up with this encouraging video. https://youtube.com/watch?v=WatDQ2Mxnfw For the last several decades, modern society has been shaped by Big Business with a very narrow focus combined with an ill-thought-through economic system. The wonderfully ironic aspect of this is that in industry’s […]

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Love Vs. Fear

Imagine if we could help someone change their life for the better permanently, in under three years. Or imagine being in direct contact with the people on the ground, turning their semi-desert home back to an abundant food forest using permaculture, perhaps even going over and helping out…. Imagine being able to offer advice and expertise, or just encouragement and support, while a family solves their problems. No middlemen, no […]

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China’s Rising Soybean Consumption Reshaping Western Agriculture

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute Where was once pristine Amazon rainforest, soybean harvesters march across the landscape instead Global demand for soybeans has soared in recent decades, with China leading the race. Nearly 60 percent of all soybeans entering international trade today go to China, making it far and away the world’s largest importer. The soybean was domesticated some 3,000 years ago by farmers in eastern China. But […]

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Liberating Science and Imagination

Science co-opted by big business endangers society and stultifies the imagination on which the advancement of science depends; liberating science and the imagination is top priority for the survival of people and planet. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho Liberating Science Science is central to every aspect of our everyday lives and our wellbeing, be it to do with climate change, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), nuclear energy, mobile telephony, or the tens […]

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Video Spotlight on Kotare Village (New Zealand)

You’ll enjoy this little video, a nice collage of thoughts and scenery and developing community integration. This is Kotare Village in the North Island of New Zealand, where PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) is making excellent headway into creating a model community where freedom of individual expression is combined with cohesion of collective purpose. And, to help put Kotare village into some kind of historical context, I thought I’d juxtapose […]

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Wadi Hadhramaut – the Start of a Large New Rehabilitation Project in Yemen

Shibam: UNESCO World Heritage site I was recently privileged to be part of the team that accompanied Geoff and Nadia Lawton along with Mr. Tashi Dawa in a very interesting consultancy in the Southern Yemen, specifically The Hadhramaut Valley, or Wadi Hadhramaut. Geoff was invited by the “Reconstruction Fund of Hadhramaut and Al-Mahra” to give his opinion on what could be done in the valley in terms of flood mitigation […]

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PRI Accredited 72h Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course: Konso, Ethiopia

This 13-day practical and demonstrative PDC will take place in Konso, south Ethiopia, from April 1st to 13th 2013, at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge. It has a focus on application of Permaculture to communities in the developing world; however as a PRI accredited PDC the syllabus covers all the major topics in Mollison’s Designer’s Manual and will equip participants with the conceptual tools to design for any bioregion. The PDC […]

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The Grime Behind the Crime

Could an astonishing explanation for the rise and fall of violent crime be correct? UK riot in the early 1980s by George Monbiot It seemed, at first, preposterous. The hypothesis was so exotic that I laughed. The rise and fall of violent crime during the second half of the 20th century and first years of the 21st were caused, it proposed, not by changes in policing or imprisonment, single parenthood, […]

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A Permaculture Food Forest in Belgium (video)

http://www.youtube.com/embed/uVIUkXCC1WU Video is in French. Click the ‘CC’ icon at bottom of player to turn on English or Spanish subtitles I think temperate-climate permaculturists could learn a lot from this couple in Belgium. The video above reports that on only 1800 square metres of land they host “more than 2000 fruit trees and 5000 kinds of vegetables” (sounds impossible, but that’s what they report — although perhaps just a bad […]

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The Shifting Baseline (TED video)

The more I learn about permaculture, the more I learn about the potential for not only stability in our food and water systems, but abundance. When I see the sharp difference between the future that permaculture offers and the future of scarcity that our current path seems to lead to, I have to wonder what is wrong with society’s perspective in general that it wouldn’t be searching desperately for an […]

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Food MythBusters – Do We Really Need Industrial Agriculture to Feed the World? (video)

Further Reading: A Farm for the Future (BBC video) The Rodale Institute’s 30-Year Farming Systems Trial Report Biodiverse Systems are More Productive The Food Crisis: “A Perfect Storm” – and How to Turn the Tide Orchestrating Famine – a Must-Read Backgrounder on the Food Crisis Food Futures Now – Feeding People & Place Without Fossil Fuels The Looming Food Crisis and the ‘Food 2030′ Report The Story of Soil A […]

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