Category: Why Permaculture?

Orchestrating Famine – a Must-Read Backgrounder on the Food Crisis

The era of cheap food is over — this means disaster for millions, and mega-profits for a few. How did we get into this mess? Most objective observers of the current food crisis are understandably concerned. Around 45% of the world’s population live on two dollars per day or less. Skyrocketing food prices are now bringing stress to two billion people, and despair to millions — around one hundred million, […]

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Soil – Our Financial Institution

Soil — the substance you walk on, build on, and live from — provides your food, clothing, and even the air you breathe. It gives warmth, shelter, and the goods you possess. Soil is, I believe, a substance that is under-acknowledged, and also under attack, and its misuse is contributing greatly to the excessive release of CO2 into our atmosphere – making it a large contributor to global warming. Therefore, […]

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Small is Bountiful

by George Monbiot – journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist. Originally published in the Guardian, 10 June 2008 I suggest you sit down before you read this. Robert Mugabe is right. At last week’s global food summit he was the only leader to speak of “the importance … of land in agricultural production and food security”.(1) Countries should follow Zimbabwe’s lead, he said, in democratising ownership. Of course […]

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Shell Shock and Delta Blues

Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins While the US and UK concentrates most of its oil warriors in the middle east it’s easy to forget the struggle that goes on and on for the black gold of Nigeria. Both place and people continue to suffer, and Gordon Brown has sent in some professional help to deal with those pesky locals. The rush to keep it cheap and keep it burning […]

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Permaculture Project Aid Worker Training Camp – November 2008

I’m sure not a few of you are keeping tabs on the current state of affairs in the world. Today the price of oil jumped yet again – it’s now sitting on $146 p/barrel. Of course, everything produced that’s dependent on oil for its production and/or distribution (um… that’s just about everything) is going up as well – most significantly, food. If peak oil adherents are correct, and these now […]

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BBC World debate “Food – Who Pays the Price?”

The following 46 minute BBC World debate is well worth a watch. There are some interesting characters involved in the debate, each representing a different view on the present food crisis. Central to the discussion is whether large scale industrial agriculture can help the poor, or whether it will merely continue to oppress them. For what it’s worth, if you want my take on the issue, take a peek at […]

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Establishing a Food Forest

Establishing a Food Forest

Is it possible to live sustainably and grow an edible Food Forest? Join me on an amazing journey from classroom theory to practical application. I will take you through the emerging process of seeding a food forest, watching it grow and emerge a few years later by allowing Nature to do all the work. Let me show a lost food forest 10 years later as I cut through tall grass and see how it has emerged and grown when left to its own devices.

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Presentation: “The Oil Crisis. What can we do about it?”

With the depletion of the world’s reserves of oil we are set to experience enormous repercussions world-wide in the not too distant future. Peak Oil means that we have reached the point of demand outstripping the supply of conventional petroleum and other fossil fuels. Already the price of fuel is skyrocketing. Our economy relies heavily on petroleum-based products with many of our food supplies dependant on fossil fuelled transport. It […]

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Geoff Lawton keynotes at “Local Solutions to the Energy Dilemma”

Local Solutions to the Energy Dilemma International Experts to Present Local Responses at New York City Conference – April 27 – 29 2006, New York City, NY Over 30 leading experts in energy, agriculture, economics, engineering, geology, politics, transportation and sustainability will gather during the final week of April to address the local impact of what is viewed to be an impending crisis in world affairs. As the world’s demand […]

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The Bottom of the Barrel

The world is quickly running out of oil – so why do politicians refuse to talk about this huge problem? George Monbiot The oil industry is buzzing. In November the government approved the development of the biggest deposit discovered in British territory for at least 10 years. Everywhere we are told that this is a “huge” find, which dispels the idea that North Sea oil is in terminal decline. You […]

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