PRI Site Info Session at Zaytuna Farm

Geoff and Nadia Lawton have been running highly successful courses at Zaytuna Farm in Northern NSW, Australia, for a few years now. Now, with the pressing need to ramp up the pace of Permaculture education to try to help steer this misguided world onto something resembling a sane path, we’re now working towards improving and enlarging the PRI infrastructure and facilities. Click the image below for a larger view with […]

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The Bigger They Are…

The arse falls out of the Chinese recycling industry, causing hardship to millions and stalling one of the few large scale attempts to limit the damage we’re doing. Of course we should repair, re-use and recycle wherever possible – that should go without saying – but this stuff is travelling thousands of miles to seek out cheap labour, and is still inextricably tied in to high levels of consumption – […]

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The Muffin Tin and the Sponge

Two simple ways of illustrating how to plant the rain Brad Lancaster, author of the award-winning books “Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond” and info-packed website www.HarvestingRainwater.com, demonstrates how we can get the most from the rain by planting it in the soil, then accessing it with living pumps of plants. These are simple concepts that help turn scarcity into abundance.

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A Better Way of Making a Living for Humanity

We are no more able to find our way forward living as Homo modern as we are living as Homo hunter-gatherer. Both ways are blocked. Living today on the infinite growth treadmill as Homo modern results in the death of our planet. Homo sapien has exploded our population to a level that we can no longer run back into the forest to make a living like the Mayan did. So […]

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Genetically Modified Foods Unsafe? Evidence that Links GM Foods to Allergic Responses Mounts

By Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, and author of the highly acclaimed Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. Here’s looking at you kid. Genetically modified crops are linked to death, disease, sterility and more. Big Biotech are effectively turning us into lab rats… Genetically modified (GM) foods are inherently unsafe, and current safety assessments are not competent to protect us from or even identify […]

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Pay Monsanto, or Starve

Many have yet to comprehend the implications of this continuing business trend to grow, merge, centralise and consolidate. I hope the following will help. If these companies are to continue their takeovers, and rule our planet – then shouldn’t we consider what it will be like in their servitude? Depending on what part of the world we live, many of us get to vote our governments into office. The choices […]

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Planting Trees and Managing Soils to Sequester Carbon

Planting Trees and Managing Soils to Sequester Carbon feat

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute, Washington D.C., U.S.A. As of 2007, the shrinking forests in the tropical regions were releasing 2.2 billion tons of carbon per year. Meanwhile, expanding forests in the temperate regions were absorbing 0.7 billion tons of carbon annually. On balance, a net of some 1.5 billion tons of carbon were being released into the atmosphere each year, contributing to global warming.

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Jerusalem Artichokes – like Diamonds, are Forever

Jerusalem Artichokes like Diamonds are Forever feat

PIJ #54; March – May 1995; page 47 Margaret Lynch explains how to grow, store and prepare the edible section of what is a truly prolific plant. Helianthus tuberosus is an annual which will tolerate most conditions. Commonly called Jerusalem artichoke, it is known in its native America as Sunroot. Other names include Sunchoke and Suntuber. It is not to be confused with the globe artichoke, Cynara scolymus, which is […]

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Zapping the Wrong Bugs

The Furrow, Farm Facts and Fancies reports that electric bug zappers operated outdoors may be doing more harm than good in reducing mosquito problems. A University of Tennessee study found that only 31 per cent of 14,000 insects collected from a bug zapper were biting insects. About half were non-biting aquatic insects and 14 per cent were beneficial insects that attack pests. “From this study we estimate that as many […]

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Baubles

Click for full view (Courtesy: Throbgoblins) Christmas brings the fortieth anniversary of the first image of Earth Rising – an image that (should have) transformed the way we, as a species, conceptualise ourselves. Did it?

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Wanted – Permaculture Translators

Wanted. Permaculture Translators – People fluent in another language willing to donate some time to translate from a supplied English text transcript of The Permaculture for Beginners DVD into their chosen language. The supplied Word document will be between 40 to 60 pages so if you are up to the challenge, we’d be grateful for your contribution. This is not a simple or easy task to complete in one sitting, […]

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