Category: General

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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Storytelling for the Future: Permaculture, Star Wars and Mythology

A rocket model and buildings in Ong Jemel, Tunisia. Ong Jemel is a place near Tozeur, where the movies Star wars and the English Patient were filmed.

If you have never seen any of the ‘Star Wars’ films, you may be forgiven for thinking that Thursday, the fourth of May, is not any particularly special date. But then again, you probably have seen at least one of them, since they are part of one of the most popular movie franchises in the world (1), and even if you haven’t, you have probably heard the phrase “May the […]

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Using Sustainable Choices to Rein in Debt

Creating a sustainable lifestyle can be the key to financial freedom for many people. Take a look at your household’s current monthly budget. How many of your monthly expenses could be reduced by making consciously sustainable choices or embarking on your own homesteading adventure? Let’s examine 5 key ways to reduce your expenses with thoughtful, eco-conscious methods. Declutter and downsize This is probably one of the hardest steps to take, […]

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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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Where We Are

Visionary poetry uses powerful imagery and words to engage us in thought processes that challenge our perception of ourselves and the world around us. It is meant to provide thought-provoking material. Eventually, we must rethink our current political and economic structures and alter our values and our ideas about success. Change is possible. We can meet the demand to replace a linear economic model with sustainable, circular and long-lasting solutions. […]

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The Use of Sustainable Finance for Promoting Agricultural Sustainability.

Sustainability has gained attention in several industries across the world. This is, in a way, due to the fact that there are unlimited opportunities associated with the state of being “sustainable”. The financial sector is increasingly intrigued by how sustainability can be used to create positive social and environmental impacts in the wider society. Also, it is now vitally important for financial investments to demonstrate sustainability credentials, and means to […]

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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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Cucumbers: Cat Assassins?

You may have seen videos going around on social media showing cats being terrified by Cucumis sativus sneaking up on them. While this may sound like a vicious predator of the domestic feline, in reality, it’s the modest cucumber. While not an actual danger to your cat, although cats may disagree, the cucumber is a creeping vine plant member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes pumpkins, zucchini, and various melons. […]

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