Permaculture Pooch

Permaculture Pooch feat

Alanna Moore is the author of ‘Backyard Poultry – Naturally‘ – where you can read more about Vikki and poultry care, including a permaculture approach to keeping them. You don’t often hear about the positives of dog ownership, in a permaculture sense. My Jack Russell terrier Vikki is a permaculture farm dog, who works for her keep – a real ‘WOOFer’. Not only does she provide a 24 hour fox […]

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The Flawed Economics of Nuclear Power

THE FLAWED ECONOMICS OF NUCLEAR POWER

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of private capital investing in nuclear plants in competitive electricity markets. The reason is simple: […]

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Escaping the Matrix – Lifestyles Without Limits

ESCAPING THE MATRIX LIFESTYLES WITHOUT LIMITS feat

How many of you remember having to share the bath water with your siblings? A few baby boomers may get nostalgic here, but younger ones will laugh, or shreak “eewww!”. For us in the North, long gone are the days of little Johnny going in last, the days of gathering wood and doing your best to make it last the winter, the days of cold mornings and dimly lit rooms. […]

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The Failures of Genetically Modified Crops Continue

THE FAILURES OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS CONTINUE feat

The GM industry has been ailing at least as far back as 2005, but kept alive by an aggressive campaign of disinformation. GM Watch brings you the latest GM failures 2007-2008 GM cotton debacle in India GM cotton has been failing in India and elsewhere for years [1] (Broken Promises, SiS 22), escalating the epidemic of farmers’ suicides [2] (Stem Farmers’ Suicides with Organic Farming, SiS 32). Unfortunately, the Indian […]

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The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture

THE RISE AND PREDICTABLE FALL OF GLOBALIZED INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE feat

Today I’d like to introduce you to a (well written and beautifully presented) report, titled – ‘The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture‘ (55 page, 2.4mb PDF). The title says it all. Should you be concerned? Yes. Your concern, however, should not be that the globalised industrial agribusiness model will collapse – this is not only inevitable, but also necessary, and, might I add, desirable – the focus […]

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Learning from the Past

LEARNING FROM THE PAST feat

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. Our twenty-first century global civilization is not the first to face the prospect of environmentally induced economic decline. The question is how we will respond. We do have one unique asset at our command–an archeological record that shows us what happened to earlier civilizations that got into environmental trouble and failed to respond. As Jared Diamond points out in his […]

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Look Locally, See Globally

LOOK LOCALLY SEE GLOBALLY feat

It’s just amazing how many of life’s lessons can be learned in the garden. It is also amazing that even though we think we have an understanding of things they don’t truly hit home until we experience them for ourselves. I had quite a jolt last week as I searched for my bush basil. I considered myself to have a deep affiliation with the plant. It grew for me when […]

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Adaptable Acacias

ADAPTABLE ACACIAS feat

by Leza Bennetts and Erika Birmingham Acacias are evergreen, nitrogen-fixing plants ranging in form from ground covers to tall trees. There are more than 1200 species worldwide. There are many roles for acacias in permaculture design such as increasing soil fertility through nitrogen fixation, rehabilitation of degraded soils and in reforestation. They are useful for erosion control due to their rapid growth and effective seed dispersal, and many species sucker […]

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