Can We Feed Ourselves in a Post Peak Oil World?

At the end of 2007, the UK’s Simon Fairlie released what is essentially an update to figures produced back in 1975 in Kenneth Mellanby’s book Can Britain Feed Itself? Fairlie’s work, with the same title, concluded that, yes, it could – if the population consumed less meat (see clip at bottom for more details on this aspect). There was a time when Britain was forced to feed itself – that […]

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Hooray for the Water Buffalo!

They are called water buffalo for good reason Photos Copyright © Craig Mackintosh Did you know that more than five percent of the world’s milk supply comes from water buffalo? Yes, that’s it, just like the one enjoying a leisurely soak above. There are approximately 160 million water buffalo in the world, and about 95% of these are found in Asia (and about half of those are in India). Between […]

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Geoff & Nadia Lawton Launch Permaculture Sydney South

If you’re in the Sydney region on August 18, and aren’t otherwise engaged, you might want to pencil this date into your diary, so you can go along and support the birth of yet another important group – Permaculture Sydney South. This group covers Sydney’s central, southern and eastern suburbs, and will no doubt become a powerful influence for change as we seek to fast-track transition to a sustainable, post-peak […]

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Six Ways to Save the Planet with Mushrooms – Paul Stamets

No, we’re not talking about your average portobello mushroom here, found on pizzas the world over. The topic of this discussion is: mycelium noun the white threadlike mass of filaments forming the vegetative part of a fungus Whilst sounding tiny in both size and significance, it is not: Is this the largest organism in the world? This 2,400-acre (9.7 km2) site in eastern Oregon had a contiguous growth of mycelium […]

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Travelling Light

Editor’s Note: With a solar powered blimp on the cards, I thought we’d visit the whole airship potential…. Is the airship a viable alternative to jet travel? by George Monbiot: journalist, author, academic and environmental and political activist, United Kingdom Of all the charges levelled against environmentalists, perhaps the most unfair is the accusation that we are opposed to technological change. Most of the greens I know are fascinated by […]

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The Gold Coast’s First Permablitz!

On Sunday, July 19, I thought I’d go along to the Gold Coast’s first Permablitz. In this case it was a mini-blitz – just working on a small piece of a residential section – a good idea for Permablitz newbies. But, despite it being a debut for the Coast, we had a good turnout with around 20 people showing up to help out. Before… …a few hours later

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Life at Zaytuna – Why Work When You Can Fish?

Note for American readers: Exchange the word ‘dam’ in this post for ‘pond-that’s-formed-by-a-dam-wall’, and you’ll get what we antipodeans mean :) Photographs copyright © Craig Mackintosh A few days ago I spotted Geoff wearing a t-shirt with the message “Born to Fish, Forced to Work” emblazoned across the chest. After the swimming pool conversion story I ran a few days ago, I wanted to capture Geoff pulling in one of […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Trees, Trees, and More Trees

Clearing grass prior to planting a tree Over the last week the team have planted around 400 trees up on the top section of the property. And, of course, this is not a monocrop planting – but a mix of 18 different types of trees, all planted in an area of about 15 x 100 metres. For your interest, here’s a list of what’s been planted:

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Phosphorus Matters II – Keeping Phosphorus on Farms

Editor’s Prelude: Peak Phosphorus barely registers alongside it’s more gregarious, attention-getting bigger brother, Peak Oil. Yet, the implications are even more dramatic. While both peaks are associated with massive food shortages, unmitigated Peak Phosphorus would easily win the award for best disaster. The latest research tells us that Peak Phosphorus is an issue we cannot afford to ignore any more: … a global production peak of phosphate rock is estimated […]

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Convert Your Eco-Unfriendly Swimming Pool into a Biologically Active and Attractive Fish Farm!

Could converting swimming pools into fish ponds be another way to increase food security as we head out onto peak oil’s downhill slope? A Permaculture fish pond in development Swimming pools get a bad rap in enviro-circles, and for good reason. They cost a great deal to construct – using a lot of CO2 intensive materials in the process – they waste huge amounts of water and energy for maintenance, […]

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Kamiah Permaculture – Earthworks Workshop Sept 5-7

Who: Taught by Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture When: September 5 – September 7, 2009 Where: North Central Idaho, USA Follow up your PDC at Kamiah Permaculture with this hands on Permaculture earthworks class. Topics include: Creating long-term water security for your home and farm, earthworks, keyline plowing and an overview of Permaculture design. Click here for the PDF flyer.

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