Nitrogen Fixing Trees – The Multipurpose Pioneers

The myths about the wonders of nitrogen fixing trees are many. Craig Elevitch (see bio at bottom) and Kim Wilkinson explain how to use them effectively. Nitrogen Fixing Trees for Permaculture Flowers of the leguminous tree, Kowhai, the national flower of New Zealand Nitrogen fixation is a pattern of nutrient cycling which has successfully been used in perennial agriculture for millennia. This article focuses on legumes, which are nitrogen fixers […]

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Synthetic Sea

We are turning our oceans into a chemical soup – the result being misery and death for billions of organisms, and serious health implications for ourselves. When we throw things away, we must ask ourselves “where is away?” The clip below, one of the most frightening I have ever seen, will give you an idea of where at least one of these ‘away’ locations is. Much of our oil-based plastic […]

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Sites Unseen

Making use of resources from a building site The lifecycle of a building site can supply the observant designer with loads of resources. Be it your own site or one nearby, there are plenty of available materials otherwise destined for landfill. Before work starts, designate specific areas to stockpile materials choosing places where they won’t have to be moved until needed. After surveyors peg the site, collect seedlings, rocks and […]

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Making Pests a Pleasure

Australian Honeyeater It’s an age-old struggle: ever since people gave up the hunter/gatherer lifestyle for a more settled agricultural age, food production has been subject to the ravages of creatures with appetites similar to our own. The ‘taming’ of our natural environment has come at a huge price, the only subject of debate is what our excesses will cost our children. Home food producers, not to mention an ever increasing […]

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Christian the Lion

Forgive me if this is a little off-message (or is it?), but I can’t help but share this amazing clip. I am always inspired when I see how man and animals can relate to each other, and this story speaks volumes in this regard. Imagine 1960s London, where Harrods was the famed department store that boasted being able to source anything from anywhere. In the day you could, in all […]

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The Development of Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration

Editor’s Note: Arguably one of the most successful land regeneration projects in the world, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneraton (FMNR), beginning in Niger during the 1980s, has revegetated three million hectares of arid land in that country alone – bringing back biodiversity in flora and fauna, increasing soil humus (and thus carbon) content, improving water retention and microclimates, and dramatically improving the health and viability of local communities. It is now […]

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Easter Island – Our Past, or Our Future?

Click for full view Courtesy: Throbgoblins Easter Island has long been looked upon as an historical looking glass, through which we can observe the implications of continued environmental destruction to our planet – the larger island floating in a sea of black. The cries of a people that could clearly see destruction coming, but did little or nothing about it, come hauntingly down to us here in this new millenium. […]

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Biodiverse Systems are More Productive

Sustainable farming across the world relies on cultivating a diversity of crops and livestock to maximise internal input, and this is in marked contrast to the high external input monoculture of industrial farming, which is proving unsustainable in many respects. Indirect support for the sustainability of agricultural diversity is coming from an unexpected quarter. Academic ecologists are discovering that biodiverse systems are more productive. by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho: Geneticist, Biophysicist […]

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How the West was Lost

Click for larger view Courtesy: Throbgoblins What a week it has been. The world’s financial systems have been convulsing violently – an edge-of-seat roller coaster ride, sans the fun. Massive centralisation of financial management, combined with blinkered, short-term thinking, is seeing us teetering on the edge of a global depression. And the result? Even greater centralisation as banks swallow up banks in a bid to shore up the damage – […]

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