An Urban Gardener Feeds a Community

Bronwyn’s urban backyard is teeming with diversity. It is providing local families with nutritious food through her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), but she doesn’t think she is doing anything exceptional. Students from Mulloon Creek Natural Farm’s Permaculture Design Certificate course recently visited Bronwyn Richards’ home in Braidwood, NSW, Australia. They learnt how an urban gardener manages to provide a constant supply of organic vegetables not only for her own family, […]

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How to Repair the World

The video embedded in this page spotlights the excellent work of Willie Smits I profiled a little while ago, where rainforest restoration in Borneo not only restored biodiversity and gave increased livelihood opportunities to local people, but it also increased cloud cover and rainfall as well. It’s well worth a watch: We’re pleased to announce that we’re partnering with the makers of the video above, WeForest, to help establish self-replicating […]

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The Real Climate Scandal

Shocked by the hacked emails? Wait till you see what the other side’s been up to. by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom When you survey the trail of wreckage left by the climate emails crisis, three things become clear. The first is the tendency of those who claim to be the champions of climate science to minimise their importance. Those who have most […]

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The Case of Syngenta: Human Rights Violations in Brazil – 2008

The Case of Syngenta: Human Rights Violations in Brazil – 2008 2mb PDF Switzerland is often portrayed as a clean, green, intelligent, peace-loving nation. Dramatic landscapes apparently have beautiful, golden, braided-haired women prancing about innocently picking flowers from hillsides dripping in milk, honey and chocolate. But, the beauty of globalisation and the international food swap model is that the darker side of modern industry can be hidden away on the […]

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Greenhouse Effect in a Bottle

It’s incredible watching the back and forth over climate change. I’ve said before, and will say again, the heart of the matter is undeniable – CO2 (and other greenhouse gases) have a heat trapping effect in the atmosphere. It’s a replicable, fully documented and proven scientific fact. It is a natural law we cannot deny. Gravity means that what goes up, must come down. The law of thermodynamics dictates that […]

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Letters from Sri Lanka – the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement and the ‘Third Way’

Part III of a series – If you haven’t already, please read Part I and Part II before continuing. This series is part of my work for the Sustainable (R)evolution book project. Fishing boats rest on the shores of a lake in Sri Lanka Photos © Craig Mackintosh Shattered Dreams Anniversary celebrations for the fall of the Berlin Wall have just recently ended. It was twenty years ago that the […]

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A Hotter Planet Means Less on Our Plates

In the Sunday November 22, 2009 issue of Outlook in the Washington Post, Lester Brown discusses the significant implications of food security in the upcoming Copenhagen Conference. by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute China walks a tightrope between feast and famine. As the U.N. climate-change conference in Copenhagen approaches, we are in a race between political tipping points and natural ones. Can we cut carbon emissions fast enough to […]

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Sisters, Mothers, Daughters, Grandmothers – The World needs YOU!

Women’s Only Permaculture Design Certificate course in Far North Queensland with Rosemary Morrow – Acclaimed author of "The Earth Users Guide to Permaculture" Sunday 14th March – Sunday 28th March 2010 Walkamin • Near Cairns • Far North Queensland Since women make about 70% of the consumer decisions that make a family’s carbon footprint, gathering women together and empowering them to affect change is a powerful force for a positive […]

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Discounts on Our Most Popular DVDs

We’re currently running a special on the following selected DVDs: Introduction to Permaculture Design DVD Food Forest DVD Water Harvesting DVD Regardless of the mix of the above three DVDs, orders of 10-19 DVDs attract a 10% discount. Orders of 20 or more attract a 20% discount. Discounts are applied automatically within the ordering system. Head to our online store to find out more about the DVDs and to order.

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The Localization of Agriculture

by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute In the United States, there has been a surge of interest in eating fresh local foods, corresponding with mounting concerns about the climate effects of consuming food from distant places and about the obesity and other health problems associated with junk food diets. This is reflected in the rise in urban gardening, school gardening, and farmers’ markets. With the fast-growing local foods movement, […]

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Back from the Brink, and the Climate Slamdown

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins I don’t know about you, but I was getting quite concerned about the health and whereabouts of our good friend Cantankerous Frank. We haven’t seen him around these parts for a few months now. A couple of times I thought I saw him lurking in the shadows, but it was probably just my wishful thinking and some branches moving in my periphery. If he […]

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The New Permaculture Research Institute 10-Week Internship Program

At Zaytuna Farm here in NSW, Australia, we have been running a few variations of internships over the years, mostly on a very casual basis. The interest and enquiries continue to grow – especially focused on the need to gain experience as quickly as possible so that students, after taking the Permaculture Design Certificate course, can move into a professional permaculture career in design, consultancy and teaching in both international […]

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