Life is Elsewhere

In both Russia and Canada a bloodbath of wolves is now taking place. by George Monbiot If, as she has threatened, Brigitte Bardot moves to Russia in protest at the treatment of animals in France, she’s in for a major shock.

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VEG Permaculture Design Course in Melbourne (Weekends, March/May 2013)

Very Edible Gardens (VEG) is pleased to announce its first ever Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in Melbourne starting March 22nd. Led by VEG directors Adam Grubb & Dan Palmer, specialist topic teachers include David Holmgren, Sue Dennet, and Darren Doherty.

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia, for November 2012

This is the third monthly post for the research project about perennial plants and perennialising annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia — we have now completed the posts for Spring 2012. 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. The […]

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Bill Mollison Interview

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A Maasai Tribesman Brings Permaculture to Kenya

On my last visit to Zaytuna Farm, in May 2012, I had the great pleasure of meeting Joseph Lentenyoi, the lead person behind the establishment of PRI Kenya. We sponsored Joseph by covering his flights and putting him through our 10-week Internship, to help him get permaculture systems on the ground in Kenya and beyond. You’ll meet Joseph and hear this thoughts and learn a little about some of his […]

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Bang Goes the Theory

Editor’s Note: For good measure, to go with the post below, I thought I’d throw in this little video: How neoliberalism trashed your life, but made the super-rich even richer. by George Monbiot How they must bleed for us. In 2012, the world’s 100 richest people became $241 billion richer(1). They are now worth $1.9 trillion: just a little less than the GDP of the United Kingdom. This is not […]

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Global Grain Stocks Drop Dangerously Low as 2012 Consumption Exceeded Production

by Janet Larsen, Earth Policy Institute The world produced 2,241 million tons of grain in 2012, down 75 million tons or 3 percent from the 2011 record harvest. The drop was largely because of droughts that devastated several major crops—namely corn in the United States (the world’s largest crop) and wheat in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Australia. Each of these countries also is an important exporter. Global grain consumption fell […]

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Donate Towards Rocket Stove How-To DVD

Watching the above video, and others I’ve seen like it, gives me rocket-stove envy. Rocket-stove envy can be a serious condition, if not dealt with in a reasonable time frame. Indeed, it can be a debilitating disease. Symptoms include, but are not limited to, sleeplessness, regret, empty wallets and general surliness. But, if enough people had this serious condition, and also had it properly dealt with, by getting their own […]

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Let Nature Speak – Learning from Ants (documentary)

We all love seeing nature at work. Although we’ve done immense damage to natural systems worldwide, the earth’s beauty still seems boundless, as is the spectacular complexity of the creatures that inhabit it. But beyond its beauty lies something arguably more valuable — lessons that help us in our own lives. People who are in regular contact with nature and nature’s systems know well what I’m trying to say here.

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Fernglade Farm – Mid Summer (January) 2013 Update

What a difference six weeks has made to the food forest here! The change in climate between cool and wet to hot and dry happened in less than a week during early October and since that time there has been no significant rainfall. The rain probably won’t fall here now until about April based on past experience and records. The abrupt change surprised me and I took a while to […]

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MittiCool – Clay Refrigerator

Most of you will be familiar with the pot-in-pot refrigerator by now. Well, today we’ll revisit this concept by taking a look at the ‘MittiCool’ refrigerator, a possible ‘upgrade’ that also uses evaporative cooling through the use of clay, but which looks a little more like the refrigerator you’re more familiar with. And, just like the pot-in-pot refrigerator, the MittiCool uses no electricity. How does it work? The topmost section […]

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Field Notes From Amazonia

by Noah Sabich, Eco-Ola The placement of your feet on the wooden boards is essential; frequent use and infrequent maintenance have rendered the steep stairwell a treacherous walkway down to the docks. This is the port of Iquitos, Peru. It is a central location that gives access to the tributaries of the Amazon River. Its odor betrays its neglect. Interfluvial commerce and a growing population in the city of Iquitos […]

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