Registrations for Geoff Lawton’s 2014 Online PDC Course Close This Sunday, April 6th!

Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014. We’ve had a terrific response to the start of the 2014 Online PDC Course and want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve given us towards making this first week a resounding success. Seats are filling up fast and the doors are closing this weekend. We’ve had over 2400 comments since Sunday from our new students, who are making […]

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Supreme Court Backs Big Coal Over People (USA)

The Supreme Court just issued its ruling on McCutcheon V. FEC (see background on this case here if you’re not familiar) and it’s a disaster for our democracy. Five justices sided with Shaun McCutcheon, the climate-denying coal baron, opening the door for near-unlimited campaign contributions from individuals. We’re still figuring out all the implications of this decision – and ways to fight it – but in the meantime, one thing […]

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Community Action at Earthship Building Workshops

People are ditching mortgages and finding community through earthship building The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in accessible earthship building and sustainable lifestyle workshops across Australia and Internationally. The basic message for participants is empowerment through action and networking which provides the opportunity for communities and individuals to develop skills and community support for building and other types of projects that rely upon voluntary labour — similar […]

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Global Status of GMO and Non-GMO Crops

Dr Mae-Wan Ho takes you behind the latest, most blatant scientific disinformation campaign to show how GMO crops have remained a minority sector in food production and shrinking from overwhelming consumer rejection; in contrast, non-GMO sectors are rapidly taking over the global food market. The largest, agro-ecological farming, is also the most sustainable, resilient and climate friendly, and currently produces over half of the world’s food. A fully referenced version […]

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Geoff Lawton’s 2014 Online PDC Course Opens!

Update: Sorry, course registrations have now closed for 2014. People were commenting on Facebook that it was like waiting for tickets at midnight to a Mick Jagger concert. Geoff Lawton’s famous Online PDC course kicked off midnight across three American timezones on the weekend. The sales came in fast and furious when the doors opened and have been running at a steady flow for the last few days. The course […]

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Ram Pumps

People are always fascinated by ram pumps. I think partly because they achieve the seemingly impossible task of pumping water to a higher height than the water supplying the pump, and they do it for no added energy input. This is often misunderstood as needing no energy, but even a casual understanding of the laws of thermodynamics tells us this is impossible. You will notice I said no added energy […]

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Loss Adjustment

When people say we should adapt to climate change, do they have any idea what that means? To understand what is happening to the living planet, the great conservationist Aldo Leopold remarked, is to live “in a world of wounds … An ecologist must either harden his shell and make believe that the consequences of science are none of his business, or he must be the doctor who sees the […]

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Exploring Sustainable Livelihoods in Laikipia (Kenya)

Elin Lindhagen, Director, PRI-Kenya Some members of the women’s group Since it started in 2013, the Laikipia Permaculture Project in Kenya has rapidly grown with the help of the inexhaustible passion of Joseph Lentunyoi, founder and manager of the project. From the first women’s group, Nabulu, which approached the newly established Laikipia Permaculture Centre, wanting help and advice on how to grow their aloe, combat pests, improve productivity and also […]

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Permaculture Voices 1 – the First of Many?

Event organiser Diego Footer’s introductory address (Photo: John Newall) Early morning on Sunday the 23rd of March I was brushing my teeth and wondering how I was going to structure my week. By mid morning, thanks to equal parts generosity of friends and unbelievable serendipity, I was rushing to book flights from Perth, Western Australia to Los Angeles — making my way to the Permaculture Voices conference in Temecula, California. […]

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Surrounded By Giants

Myself, Nadia & Geoff Lawton and Salah Hammad "It depends — do you want to be a consultant, a designer, an implementer, aid worker? What do you want to do?" Dave asks. The problem with that question is I want to do it all. As the weeks have passed here on the Zaytuna Farm Internship I find myself thinking how fortunate I have been to learn from such great mentors.

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Earth Bag Building Workshop in Kyoto, Japan (July 2014)

Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round….. Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make […]

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Golden Rice Myths

Dr Michael Hansen debunks some of the many myths promoted about Golden Rice. There has been a lot of misinformation and just plain propaganda about Golden Rice (GR) put out recently. It is stunning that so many are talking about this topic without even a basic understanding of the real issues. Bottom line, there are clear unanswered questions on basic efficacy and safety of GR.

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