Forests Keep Drylands Working (John D. Liu video)

John D. Liu of the EEMP, who has partnered with us in spreading the permaculture message, has created yet another excellent documentary — this time focussing on drylands, their past function and their present dysfunction through a broadscale loss of forest cover, and its impact on soil loss and on the hydrological cycle. In this video we travel vicariously with John as he takes us from Jordan to Africa to […]

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“Stunning” Difference of GM from non-GM Corn

A comparison of US Midwest non-GM with GM corn shows shockingly high levels of glyphosate as well as formaldehyde, and severely depleted of mineral nutrients in the GM corn. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho The results of a comparison of GM and non-GM corn from adjacent Midwest fields in the US that first appeared on the Moms Across America March website [1] are reproduced in Table 1. Table 1   Comparison between […]

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Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!

Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!

Geoff Lawton, with Zaytuna Farm behind (upper left). I’ve been staggered by the reaction to my latest video I put up on the weekend; Permaculture Masterclass – 5 Acre Abundance on a Budget!. Over 500 comments, with most people telling me it’s my best video yet. If you haven’t seen it, check it out. We hit the design wall on a 5 acre cow paddock and redesigned it with 7 […]

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International Permaculture Day 2013 is on its Way!

Get ready for International Permaculture Day on Sunday 5th May – join a global day of celebration. This year’s theme is Grow Local! to highlight the value of permaculture design for building local resilience. Grow Local! can refer to food, energy, shelter, fibre, community, economy and so on; please share how you’re ‘growing local’ with us! Organise a Permaculture Day Event

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Letters from New Zealand – a Permaculture Food Forest in the Far South

The home of Robert and Robyn Guyton stands amidst an abundance of food All photos © PRI Robyn Guyton stands in the Zone 5 area of her food forest Riverton is a quaint little windswept fishing settlement on the far-south coastline of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island (map). As well as being one of the southernmost inhabited towns in the world, and one of New Zealand’s oldest European settlements, Riverton […]

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Free Permaculture Videos: “5 Acre Abundance on a Budget” is LIVE!

Free Permaculture Videos: “5 Acre Abundance on a Budget” is LIVE!

Geoff here again. When the USA Army Core of Engineers wanted to re-design the 15,000 acre Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant into an eco-industrial park, they asked me to help. When AECOM, a fortune 500 Civil Engineering company that turns over 8 Billion a year, wanted to do a sustainable design for the 18 Billion Dollar Masdar City in Dubai, they again called on me to consult for them. Permaculture design […]

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Just Label It! Tell Congress to Support the New Federal GMO Labeling Bill – We Have a Right to Know

http://www.youtube.com/embed/9Ep4uxbhsvI In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don’t have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families. But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all genetically […]

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Healthy Planet and the Law of Ecocide – an Interview with Polly Higgins

The disappearing Amazon rainforest Photo: Cifor Marcin Gerwin: You propose introducing a new international law of ecocide as an amendment to the Rome Statute. Ecocide is defined as “an extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished.” […]

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Carbon-Sequestering Perennial Industrial Crops

Carbon-Sequestering Perennial Industrial Crops

This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Rubber (Hevea brasiliensis) is a common perennial industrial crop, though typically grown in problematic monocultures. Photo Wikimedia Commons. Industrial crops produce materials, chemicals, and energy. Some, […]

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia, for February 2013

This is the late Summer post for the ongoing research project about perennial plants and self-perpetuating annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. All previous posts from this series can be found by […]

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Industrial Starch and Bioplastic from Non-Destructively Harvested Perennials

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This article is an excerpt from my forthcoming book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices, and is part of a series promoting my kickstarter campaign to raise funds with which to complete the book. Though we rarely think of it, starch is the number two most used carbohydrate in industry, coming just after cellulose which is used in great quantities […]

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The Great Unmentionable

We have offshored both our consumption and our perceptions by George Monbiot Every society has topics it does not discuss. These are the issues which challenge its comfortable assumptions. They are the ones that remind us of mortality, which threaten the continuity we anticipate, which expose our various beliefs as irreconcilable. Among them are the facts which sink the cosy assertion, that (in David Cameron’s words) “there need not be […]

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