Permaculture Main Crops of Special Importance – Salad Mallow

Salad Mallow (Corchorus olitorius) (Mulaheyah, Egyptian Spinach, Jews Mallow) Salad Mallow was the first name I knew for this amazing plant and it arrived into our extremely diverse selection of kitchen garden zone one crops in a seed packet from Shipards Herb Farm, Nambour, Queensland, Australia. Isabell Shipard has been a good friend, fellow permaculturist, and an incredible wealth of knowledge on herbs and useful plants for over 25 years […]

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Surface Reflection

Whilst the world’s media squeal about Swine-flu and worry about the sex lives of the rich and famous, some other stuff has happened Al Gore has been talking about Black Carbon particulates, whilst temperatures at the top of the world soar. The Himalayas enjoy L.A. like pollution levels and record CO2 recordings. Burning down the planet may have something to do with it. To combat this the only wind turbine […]

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Nuclear Fusion – a Long Shot?

Nuclear Fusion in the sun already powers our lives If you could compare all the different applications of clean technology (solar, wind, etc.) to horses in a race, I guess you could say that Nuclear Fusion is the ‘long shot’. It’s the old nag that everyone expects to come in last, if it comes in at all. But, as long shots do, if it does come in the pay-off would […]

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Each Step is the Way – Part I

Editor’s Note: David Perkins recently sat his PDC with Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty, and has been very busy since…. Recent developments at Kailash-Akhara, Adi Yoga Retreat Center, Phu Rua, Loei, Thailand. By David Perkins (Dharmadeva) – Farm Manager and resident permaculture designer and educator at Kailash-Akhara. This report provides an overview of many aspects of creating a retreat center and living sustainably using the principles of permaculture. Short monthly […]

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All Pigs in Egypt to be Culled

Continuing on from yesterday, where we revealed some pretty concrete links between H1N1 (Swine Flu) and corporate factory farms, and where we bemoaned the fact that the small-scale backyard farmers are likely to suffer because of the actions of this large U.S. industry, now we see that all the pig farmers in Egypt are going to lose their entire stock (around 300,000 – 400,000 animals in total). Apparently there is […]

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Pandemic Ahoy?

Factory farming is back in the spotlight…. The 1975-77 TV Series ‘Survivors’ I’m showing my age here, but I was today reminded of an old British TV series called ‘Survivors‘ that was very popular in the late 1970s (nothing to do with modern reality shows!). It was a bit like Mad Max, but set in Britain, and after a pandemic rather than a nuclear war. The pandemic was, incidentally, a […]

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Porkine Putridity in Profusion

If you wonder what it’s like in and around the world’s largest pig production empire, please read this. And if you don’t wonder what it’s like in and around the world’s largest pig production empire, please read it anyway. It’s very well written, and extremely enlightening.

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Osama Bin Lowrider: It’s All the Same Culture

Our political discussions and media coverage are far too shallow to be useful. We must go deeper and much further back to understand the world today and learn how to get where we want to go. Almost everyone misunderstands what culture is. Most think it is soda pop, pop stars, blue jeans, language, and TV. Some think it is capitalism, communism, or progressivism. Some see culture as Western culture or […]

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PDC in Ghana – August 2009

Greg Knibbs Certificate (Horticulture) Certificate (EcoVillage Design) Diploma (Permaculture) Accredited Permaculture Consultant Paul Yeboah Diploma (Tropical Agriculture) Certificate (Permaculture) Permaculture Consultant Permaculture Teacher 10th to 22nd August 2 Week Course (excluding Sunday) Jo- Chris – Ma – Hotel, Techiman, Ghana Graduate with Accredited Permaculture Design Certificate $905 Ghana Cedis $995 AU Dollars $650 US Dollars $510 Euro (inc. Snacks, Lunch) Strictly limited numbers Click here for full details (PDF)

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Beyond Peak Oil and Climate Change

A breakthrough Photo: Amehare/Flickr When plants grow they convert CO2 and water into carbohydrates with the help of sunlight. This process is called photosynthesis. For many years scientists tried to mimic photosynthesis to produce methanol. It wasn’t easy. The main challenge was to design a catalyst that would allow the whole process to work. And it’s exactly a right catalyst that was recently discovered by professor Dobieslaw Nazimek from Poland. […]

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Happy “Fock the Earth Day”

Okay, this is a couple of days late – but… whatever. Although Earth Day has merit in bringing people’s attention to environmental issues, since its inception in 1970 it doesn’t seem to have stopped us all trashing the planet on the other 364 days of the year (or even on ‘Earth Day’ for that matter). The following clip is a comical hand-wringing about this very fact – suggesting and introducing […]

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From Each According to Their Ability?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins The wealthy in the UK are throwing all manner of hissy fits at the very idea of paying their fair share to help pull our collective fat out of the fire. They are once again threatening to leave the country in droves unless we all pucker up. Perhaps a concerted drive is needed to finally establish a clear distinction between the concepts of ‘earn’, […]

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