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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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Tasty Tomatillos

With fossil records dating back 52 million years ago in Patagonia, Argentina, the tomatillo (genus Physalis) is one historical fruit. This member of the Solanaceae family, which consists of all nightshades including tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, peppers, and eggplants, was cultivated by the Aztecs and has been a staple food for areas in and south of Mexico. This tangy little summer annual, resembles a tomato, but stands out because it wears […]

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Making the Switch to a Zero Waste Lifestyle

Our landfills are overflowing with plastic, thanks to an annual production of more than 45 million tonnes of polyethylene around the world. It’s time to take some steps to reduce the amount of plastic we’re using – and many people have embraced a more environmentally friendly zero waste lifestyle. “The term zero waste seems incredibly daunting and pretty much improbable, but it’s easily attainable,” said Audrey Holmes, a San Diego […]

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Charismatic Cauliflower

two beautiful cauliflowers

Brassica oleracea, the cool season crop cousin of the cabbage is completely captivating, and is commonly called cauliflower. Say that five times fast! That may get complicated, but the cauliflower would understand that. That’s because this member of the Brassicaceae family (mustard family) along with kale, cabbage, broccoli, and broccoli rabe, is known for being a temperamental grower. Complexities of Cultivating Cauliflower If you decide to plant cauliflower, and I […]

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Five Tips To Avoid Falling Victim To Greenwashing

Vector blurred nature background with eco barcode label of Organic Farm Fresh Food.

With a certified organic industry worth close to $2 billion, demand for Australian organic products is continuing to outweigh supply – at home and abroad. However, greenwashing from companies claiming to be ecofriendly means that many consumers aren’t getting the organic products they’re expecting. In Australia, companies aren’t required to be certified before labeling products as “organic” – leaving the door open for corporations to include words like “sustainable,” “natural,” […]

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Los Cedros Under Threat – Film

Friends, the Los Cedros Biological Reserve is under serious threat. The Rainforest Information Centre, with funding from the Australian Government’s development assistance bureau, helped establish the Los Cedros Biological Reservein Ecuador in 1988. We have continued to support reserve director Jose Decoux throughout the intervening 30 years, and as a result, Los Cedros is the last remaining well-forested watershed in Western Ecuador. Geoff Lawton Speaks about the Importance of Los […]

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A Question of Chemistry, Part 1: Some Ideas About The Effects Of Chemicals And How To Rehabilitate Chemical Companies

They are all around us: in the air we breathe, the food we eat; even in our very blood. Like them or not, chemicals make up the world in which we live, although, with our current chemical knowledge and technology, we have got to the point where millions of humans around the world routinely spray recognised poisons on things which they, or other humans, will subsequently ingest. This would suggest […]

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Strawberries

Bush of red strawberry growing in a garden

Beautiful, red, sweet, and juicy, this brilliant berry is adored by many. It’s a common site in stores and farmers markets, and sought out for its bright color and scrumptious sweetness. Even the scent of the strawberry is quite popular and mimicked in many beauty products, candles, and cleaners. While the strawberry is rather popular today, it has been around since antiquity, growing wild and used mainly as an ornamental, […]

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Raising Money Is Never Fun, But For Us Now Is The Time.

Hello to the extended Panya Permaculture family! Unfortunately, the main reason for me writing you is not as joyful. Most of you know Kae, one of our community members since the founding of Panya is in dire need of our help. Her son, Namcha has been diagnosed and is now being treated for late-stage lung cancer. The good news is that so far he has reacted well to the treatment, […]

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Reducing Landfill Waste In The Agriculture Sector

The bulldozer buries food and industrial wastes

Waste is practically viewed as non-useful materials. However, waste hardly exists in theory. When waste is produced, it, in essence, means that a portion of the resources such as energy, chemicals, and labour that were used to produce the wasted product had been given off or wasted. Wasteful practices seem to be inevitable in today’s world. And the agriculture sector is not immune from it. In today’s world, what we […]

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Cooking the Three Sisters: Maize, Beans and Squash

Maize, beans and squash form the famous polyculture known as the Three Sisters. Grown from Mexico to Chile, from ancient Incans to modern natural farmers, the trio cooperates symbiotically in the field. It also does so in the kitchen: three simple yet delicious dishes combine as a wholesome meal. Taught by Juan, a natural farmer in the mountains above Cali, Colombia, who learned it from an old campesino, who said […]

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