Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble Plants that Hide Surprising Secrets (TED video)

In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l’ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the iconic baobab tree, which could hold the key to the future of food. Plus: monkey apples.

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Permaculture Certificate and Diploma Courses at PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia)

The PRI Maungaraeeda, Sunshine Coast (Queensland, Australia) will be running Permaculture Certificate and Diploma courses. These career courses are not government accredited, but are fully sponsored by PRI Maungaraeeda. In 2015 we will start our inaugural Certificate and Diploma courses. These courses are: The Certificate of Permaculture Farm Leading Hand The Diploma of Permaculture Demonstration, Teaching and Consulting. These are targeted career courses, only for people who wish to make […]

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Better Dead Than Different

Our visions of the future are defined, like the film Interstellar, by technological optimism and political defeatism. Yawn: "Hey, we can make it out here!" “It’s like we’ve forgotten who we are,” the hero of Interstellar complains. “Explorers, pioneers, not caretakers…. We’re not meant to save the world. We’re meant to leave it.” It could be the epigraph of our age. Don’t get me wrong. Interstellar is a magnificent film, […]

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Wireless Phone Use Increases Malignant Brain Tumour Up to Four-Fold

Frequent use of mobile and cordless phone link to malignant brain tumour confirmed in new comprehensive analysis based on the largest number of cases in Sweden; 3G phones more damaging than 2G, and children more at risk; “current guidelines for exposure should be urgently revised”. by Dr Mae-Wan Ho The latest analysis includes pooled data from two case-control studies of malignant brain tumours in Sweden diagnosed during 1997-2003 and 2007-2009 […]

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How Painting Can Transform Communities (TED video)

Communities are often built like forests – without a master plan. It all starts with one seed. Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods. The first colorful seed was planted in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and ended up spreading throughout the world. Their success lies in involving those who live there, and throwing barbecues! Throughout their talk, you will be able to […]

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Chicken Systems of Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Chicken Systems of Zaytuna Farm, home of the Permaculture Research Institute Australia

Photo: Ingrid Pullen Chickens are sometimes described as a gateway domestic animal. Meaning the first domestic animal that people, new to keeping domestic animals, start with. Once successful and satisfied with the results they then feel more confident to move onto other domestic animal systems. Chickens have been intensively and extensively integrated into most human cultures from their wild origin ancestors in the tropical forests of the South East, where […]

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Protecting Seeds and Their Stories: The Sacred in Everyday Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJkEFN7lqqc The recent UN Climate Change Summit, the marches in New York and around the world, once again brought into our collective consciousness the need for real change. As did the shocking news of the global loss of species. The vital need to protect our ecosystems is part of a cry that embraces the whole earth, from the smallest creature to the vast oceans. And in the midst of this […]

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Potatoes For a Dollar (Canada)

About a week ago, my son and I worked out in the garden, preparing for fall – pulling up old plants and spreading seeds for a cover crop to help enrich the soil with nitrogen before winter approaches. We also dug up our first ever potato crop which gave us about 3-4 ice cream pails full of potatoes (I probably should have left more of them in the ground to […]

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Perennial Polyculture Prevails over Peak Oil

KrisCan visits Eric Toensmeier in his Holyoke, Massachusetts home garden that was transformed from a bleakly barren backyard into a thriving oasis of year-round, productive perennial fruits and vegetables. Eric talks about how waste heat from factories and power plants can be utilized for greenhouse gardening; urban food security and self-reliance in the face of diminishing petroleum supplies; edible forest gardens and how they mimic the patterns and designs of […]

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Permaculture Design Course (PDC), Arusha Tanzania (Jan/Feb 2015)

FoodWaterShelter (FWS) is very happy to offer you our first Permaculture Design Course (PDC) in 2015. We’d love to have you join us in Arusha Tanzania from January 25 thorough February 5, 2015 as we host our fifth PDC! This is an incredible two week course that provides you with concepts and skills for improving self-reliance and sustainably. Our courses have been attended by over 100 students from all over […]

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