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Scientists claim native Australian plants may offer a potential cure for Zika virus

A potential cure for the Zika virus has been discovered by Queensland researchers, using compounds sourced from a native Australian plant. Through a partnership between Australian-based biotech company Health Focus Products Australia (HFPA), researchers from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have discovered the compound, found in a common Australian plant, halts the virus – preventing it from replicating without causing damage to mammalian host cells. While the plant itself is […]

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SCC Urged to Reconsider Decision to Chop Down Fruit Trees in UFS

Western Australia Councilor Chris Cornish is urging the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) to consider reducing the red tape around verge gardens – after council workers cut down 18 fruit trees in the Urban Food Streets (UFS) precinct at Buderim. The gardens span 11 streets and provide sufficient produce to feed approximately 200 households – but the council has decided that if residents do not obtain free permits and take out […]

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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Join Us For The International Permaculture Convergence, India 2017

We, at Aranya Agricultural Alternatives, are truly excited to welcome the international permaculture community in India this year and host the 13th International Permaculture Convergence, in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana. Why having this biannual event in India? India boasts a diversity of climates and resulting landscapes, from deserts to alpine tundra to rain-forests to islands. Each of these regions come with their own unique challenges […]

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New Course!! Best Practices for Regenerative Entrepreneurs & Educators with Matt Powers

New Course!! Best Practices for Regenerative Entrepreneurs & Educators with Matt Powers

Do you have a message? A business or product? Are you spreading permaculture and not seeing it spread fast enough? The Regenerative Economy is the key to a future where permaculture is common sense, where Bill Mollison, Rowe Morrow, David Holmgren, Maddy Harland, Geoff Lawton, Masanobu Fukuoka, Ruth Stout, PA Yeomans, and many others are seen as founding fathers and mothers of a new era of growth, harmony, and rewilding […]

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Celebrate International Permaculture Day

International Permaculture Day, held on the first Sunday in May, is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the practice of permaculture all around the world. This year, the 8th annual celebration will be a little different – this will be the first year this day is recognized without one of permaculture’s founders, Bill Mollison, who passed away in September 2016. In honor of Mollison’s lifelong contributions to the permaculture movement, […]

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Wax Worms May Provide a Solution to Plastic Pollution

Researchers are currently investigating the potential of using worms to help combat the excessive plastic pollution around the world, thanks to a chance discovery by scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini. After picking parasitic wax worms off the honeycombs of her beehives, Bertocchini placed them in a plastic bag – and when she returned, she found that the worms had munched holes through the plastic and escaped. Inspired, Bertocchini began […]

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Permaculture Co-founder Honored at Milestone Event

David Holmgren, co-originator of the concept of permaculture design, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from CQUniversity. The award was presented during the school’s launch of a new Graduate Diploma in Permaculture Design, on 19 April at The Joinery in Adelaide. Early last year, late permaculture co-founder Bill Mollison was recognized in a similar manner – with the receipt of an Honorary Doctorate from CQUniversity by South Australian Premier Jay […]

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Introduction to ‘Entropia’ by Samuel Alexander

In 2013 I published my first book of fiction, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation. This book has just been published in French, with a foreword by Serge Latouche, so to mark this occasion I’m publishing the introduction to Entropia below (in English). If you know any French speakers, please share this link with them. To purchase your ebook copy of ‘Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation” click here. The story I am to tell […]

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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project. The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and […]

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CelebrATE!

CelebrATE!

Tom and I are excited to open our gates to people for CelebrATE! on Labour Day weekend, and to showcase our permaculture property which is currently providing us with around 90% of our food, 100% of our cooking energy needs and most of our animal feed. The not for profit Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast Inc. (www.permaculturesunshinecoast.org) is organising CelebrATE!, a two day celebration of Permaculture, Music and Food on […]

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Australia’s Energy Crisis Could Force Changes To Urban Planning

The increasing threat of blackouts in Australia is becoming more than just an inconvenience – these power outages have the potential to impact property prices for apartments, which are hit especially hard when the electricity goes out. Many high-rise buildings aren’t equipped with back-up generators, so power outages can leave residents without air condition and without access to lifts – or even stuck inside them. This could be especially concerning […]

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