Not Getting Burned Anymore

Sometimes I wonder if all of the modern ailments, which seem ever more numerous as the years pass, are really just the result of adopting chemicals as a regular component in nearly every part of our lives. Can it be that simple? The sudden outbreak of peanut allergies, the increase in chronic diseases, the fact that cancer now seems more the expectation than unpredictable tragedy—have we just become more aware […]

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The Sisterhood Tradition: Three Sisters Companion Planting

A three sisters garden is a way to grow a nutritionally complete meal the way nature intended. It’s a classic component in permaculture homesteads. In fact, it’s been a classic for over seven hundred years. The three sisters garden was one of the main food production sources for the Iroquois and many other tribes across North America. The traditional “sisters” are corn, beans, and squash, although there are other plants […]

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Artichokes

Artichokes

The artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is also known as the Globe Artichoke, but shouldn’t be confused with the Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus) or the Chinese artichoke (Stachys affinis). This Mediterranean native is an edible flower variety of the thistle species within the Asteraceae family, which includes composite flowers such as sunflowers. Prior to cultivation, the ancestor and wild, natural occurring variety of the artichoke, the cardoon, was used by ancient Greeks […]

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Borsak-Ulem Theorem simplified

A mathematical theorem proves that at any given moment on the surface of the earth, there exists at least one pair of points that have the exact same pressure and temperature. Borsak-Ulem Theorem defines antipodal points as specific points on a sphere that are located in exactly opposite directions from the centre of the sphere, or situated on diametrical end points along the sphere’s diameter. “If you place a piece […]

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Pesticides and Water Pollution

Pesticides and Water Pollution

Pesticides are chemicals that contain oxygen, sulfur, chlorine, nitrogen, phosphorus, and bromine as well as heavy metals such as copper, arsenic, sulfates, lead, and mercury – they are simply chemicals. They are used in the agriculture sector to control and/or eliminate pests. Pests such as insects, diseases, rodents and weeds can be harmful to crops if they are left uncontrolled and/or eliminated. And would otherwise damage them if they were […]

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Swiss Voters Back Energy Strategy Referendum

Swiss Voters Back Energy Strategy Referendum

Swiss voters are backing their government’s plan to eliminate the use of nuclear power plants, and replace them with renewable energy. Switzerland is not the first European country to cease the use of nuclear energy. The urgency of the matter was partially provoked by the 2011 Japanese Fukushima tragedy, leading Austria to remove all nuclear power plants and induce Germany to implement their elimination of nuclear power plants plan by […]

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The Attraction of a Low-Bills Lifestyle

Rising electricity prices and more frequent power outages throughout Australia are leading more homeowners to embrace the low bills lifestyle – a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly way of living that coincides perfectly with the ethics of permaculture. “A greener lifestyle is about having a less expensive lifestyle,” said Kylie Ahern, a Sydney resident who is currently blogging about her home’s transformation as she renovates with the goal of living off-grid. “I […]

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Being Water-Wise Under Unpredictable Climate

Water management is an important aspect in the design of a sustainable garden. Landscaping, which takes a water flow pattern on a property into account allows to not only prevent or considerably diminish consequences of floods or droughts but also to save money and precious water resources spent on irrigation. Minimizing consequences of the above mentioned extreme events is especially important now when floods or droughts are happening more often […]

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The Future of Up-Cycling

Spring onion grow in used water bottle, vegetables plant for urban life.

Sustainability and up-cycling efforts should not solely be focused on the consumer. Instead, corporations are, and need to continue marketing ideas for up-cycling efforts of their products after the end of their useful life. In the recent years, there has been a huge push towards corporate responsibility, including energy conservation, fuel conservation via the supply chain, recycling efforts, and the use of more sustainable materials and packaging. Though all are […]

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Rak Tamachat: Reaching out with humans and nature

On Sunday May 7th, permaculture practitioners the world over could be seen marking the 8th International Permaculture Day (1), a celebration which began in Australia but which this year had hundreds of events in 35 different countries listed on the official ‘International Permaculture Day’ website (1), with probably as many small-scale celebrations happening worldwide as people showed their appreciation for permaculture in their lives in their own special way. Of […]

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Finding a Sustainable Cup of Coffee

Australians consume about 16.3 million cups of coffee per day – but while this morning ritual offers plenty of health benefits and cultural significance, it comes at a price. Grown in some of the planet’s most biologically diverse regions, coffee farms can dramatically impact the environment. Tropical forests are often cleared to allow these farms to develop, but there are some cultivation practices producers can use to support impressive forest […]

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