Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi

3 Minute Trailer “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi” is a fifty-seven minute film shot in eleven countries and made for Pacific audiences that celebrates traditional foods and the plants they grow from. The film introduces to the people of the Pacific the varied people who save seeds and stand at the source of humanity¹s diverse food heritage. This is a David and Goliath story where resilience and persuasive logic triumph […]

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Credentials and Credibility

PIJ #49, Dec ’93 – Feb’94 Michael Cowan argues that the rise of the ‘specialist’ or ‘expert’ has led to the surrender of individual and community responsibility for many social and environmental issues. In this article he discusses how permaculture can be the antidote for this trend, but his ideas also are fundamental to the way everybody operates in their local and global community.

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When Population Growth and Resource Availability Collide

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute As land and water become scarce, competition for these vital resources intensifies within societies, particularly between the wealthy and those who are poor and dispossessed. The shrinkage of life-supporting resources per person that comes with population growth is threatening to drop the living standards of millions of people below the survival level, leading to potentially unmanageable social tensions. Access to land is a […]

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Eating Fossil Fuels

Editor’s Note: The most significant ‘gift’ globalisaton has given to the world is the ‘Green Revolution’, the post-WWII industrialisation of agriculture. It is credited with saving millions from famine. Indeed, Norman Borlaug, the ‘father of the Green Revolution’, was given a Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to increasing food production. However, many people challenge the wisdom behind his work. The article below ably describes why the Green Revolution may […]

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Permaculture Ireland

We are pleased to announce that our new website – permacultureireland.ie – is now up and running, as we prepare for our inaugral event in Ireland, an Eco-Living Festival at the Drumsna Community Resource Centre, Drumsna, Co. Leitrim on June 6 – 7th, a showcase for sustainable, low-impact living. Expressions of interest to get involved can email us at sheltermaker (at) gmail.com The festival will be followed by a series […]

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Phases of Abundance

PIJ #40, June – Aug 1991 Year One: Abundance of Species When we set out to make a garden on at least 2-5 acres, in the Permaculture mode, we also set out to trial dozens of species, and to select those that thrive in our soil, under the conditions we impose, and in association with each other. Thus, in the beginning, even with generous help from our friends, we have […]

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The Key to Management is Trust

PIJ #40, June – Aug 1991 Very often ‘management’ is mistaken for control. And control usually leads to friction and so is inefficient – there is wasted energy. Control also stifles creativity, our best management tool. True management then, is a far more subtle relationship in which trust, communication and control intermingle towards common goals. And the key to it all is trust. Possibly the only way to lasting peace […]

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Building a Sustainable Economy

Editor’s note: Marcin’s post is very relevant as the world seeks an alternative to the current disaster of globalisation. Democracy first Tiger’s nest in Bhutan Photo: Thomas Wanhoff In 1994 the government of Haiti lifted tariffs and allowed imports of cheap, subsidized rice and other crops from abroad. This policy was recommended by the International Monetary Fund and urged by the U.S. government (1). Over the years this tiny change […]

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Cold, High and Dry: Traditional Agriculture in Ladakh

PIJ #49, Dec1993 – Feb 1994 Manjushri, the embodiment of wisdom, hark! The Gods, the Lhu, and owner spirits of the Mother Earth, hark! May a hundred plants grow from one seed! May a thousand grow from two! May all the grains be twins! – Ladakhi sowing song Ladakh lies at the western end of the Tibetan Plateau, tucked north of the Himalaya between Tibet and Kashmir. The people are […]

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Colony Collapse Disorder – a Moment for Reflection

Preamble: The issue of massive bee die-offs was hot in the mainstream media news last year, but now it seems they’ve moved on to more ‘interesting’ things…. Despite the lack of recent coverage, this extremely serious issue is not going away. About a year and a half ago I posted the article below to another website, and since the content of the post is still very relevant, and as it […]

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Developing Permaculture Aid Project Skills

There are as many people holding different skills as there are species, and this diversity of skills is required to build permaculture projects around the world. As the world heads towards peak oil, peak soil, and peak water, the demand for permaculture education continues to grow, and at the forefront of this demand are people in developing countries who are dependent upon being able to grow their own food and […]

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Spotlight on Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a land of fantastic natural wealth and cultural diversity. In few places on earth can you buy locally grown apples and mangos from the very same market stall. But Ethiopia has a huge range of climates, which result from its truly awesome topology, making this a reality. The great plains of Abyssinia sit atop two massive highland plateaus, cloven, as a coffee bean down the middle, by the […]

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