Weeds or Wild Nature?

Weeds or Wild Nature feat

Reprinted with permission from the “Permaculture International Journal” (PIJ) (No. 61, Dec-Feb 1997). The world’s striving for racial tolerance doesn’t always extend to plants. A key criticism of permaculture’s approach to building sustainable organic systems has been its perceived willingness to favour the introduction of exotic species. Is it better to build systems that include exotics or should reforestation aim only to replace what has been taken away? Is a […]

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Global Warming, Hitler and World War II Rationing

Global Warming Hitler and World War II Rationing feat

Peer pressure, national pride, and legal mandates worked together against the common evil It’s an unusual title, I know – but bear with me. If you were to personify global warming, to literally morph it into some kind of effigy – something you could tie to a stake in the town square, and throw cabbages, or rocks at – what would the guy look like? I guess the degree of […]

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ABC Rural Interview

ABC Rural feat

Bill Mollison Geoff Lawton Michael Mackenzie, from ABC Rural Radio’s ‘Bush Telegraph‘ segment, recently spoke with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton about Permaculture. You can listen to the clip in its entirety here (16 min, 7.5mb MP3). To download the file, simply right-click on the link and choose ‘Save Link As’ (Firefox) or ‘Save Target As’ (Internet Explorer). When asked if he thought Permaculture would go very far when he […]

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Whistling in the Wind

Whistling in the Wind feat

The new climate change report falls miles short of what we need. Here are some of the emergency measures it should have contained. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Lord Turner has two jobs. The first, as chair of the Financial Services Authority, is to save capitalism. The second, as chair of the Committee on Climate Change, is to save the biosphere from the […]

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Leaves to Live By

Leaves to Live By feat

Perennial Leaf Vegetables by Craig Elevitch (see bio at bottom), originally published in the Permaculture International Journal, #61 Dec-Feb 1997 page 31 There are two types of gardeners as I see it: the “master gardener” type who genuinely delights in the detailed tasks of garden management; and the “lazy” gardener who enjoys harvesting but who experiences other garden activities as drudgery. I belong to the latter category. For years I […]

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Water Chestnuts

WATER CHESTNUTS feat

The Water Chestnut, Eleocharis dulcis, is a tropical/sub-tropical sedge that grows in water margins and bogs in many parts of India, South-East Asia, New Guinea, Northern Australia and Polynesia. It is an annual that has erect, narrow, tubular leaves (clums) half a metre to a metre tall. The plant spreads by a creeping rhizome which, through the summer months, produces additional sucker plants. The sweet corms are highly valued as […]

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One Shot Left

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The latest science suggests that preventing runaway climate change means total decarbonisation. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist George Bush is behaving like a furious defaulter whose home is about to be repossessed. Smashing the porcelain, ripping the doors off their hinges, he is determined that there will be nothing worth owning by the time the bastards kick him out. His midnight regulations, opening […]

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Building Biology – The Third Skin

Building Biology The Third Skin feat

Extracted from: ‘Third Skin’ A. Vasella, Dip Arch., P.I.J. #14. ‘Biotechture’ S.Lesiuk, P.I.J.#8. ‘Biotectual Systems’ R. Doernach P.I.J. #7. International Institute for Building Biology and Ecology PO Box 387 Clearwater FL 34615 USA. Edited by Alanna Moore In the western, urban world the average person spends around 90% of their time indoors. Evidence is mounting to show that such prolonged exposure to modern building materials and architecture can be detrimental […]

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Hawaiian Homeland Security

Hawaiian Homeland Security feat

Homeland Security. To the native people of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s more than just a buzzword thrown around by the Bush Administration to justify the creation of another branch of government. For Native Hawaiians, like many indigenous people around the world, the story is the same – foreign occupation resulting in loss of homelands and culture. Traditional Hawaiian Gardening at Kapahu Farm on Maui (www.kipahulu.org) In 1921, in an effort, […]

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Philanthropy Gates Style

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by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho: Geneticist, Biophysicist and Director of the not-for-profit Institute of Science in Society. The world’s biggest philanthropic foundation is reaping huge profits investing in companies responsible for causing the problems it tries to solve; its grant-giving is also doing more harm than good in undermining health and agricultural systems, distorting national and global priorities, and preventing the necessary paradigm change that could help secure the future of […]

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Clearing Up This Mess

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John Maynard Keynes had the answer to the crisis we’re now facing; but it was blocked and then forgotten. by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist Delegations at Bretton Woods Poor old Lord Keynes. The world’s press has spent the past week blackening his name. Not intentionally: most of the dunderheads reporting the G20 summit which took place over the weekend really do believe that […]

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Desert Ways

Desert Ways feat

Mongongo Tree Whether it is an issue of conserving water of using suitable plant species, thriving in a desert environment is a masterful act of management. Permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison has spent time in many of the world’s arid regions and here shares his observations on surviving in some of them. Building Abundance into Sandy Deserts Why should we garden, when there are so many mongongo trees in the world? […]

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