Life at Zaytuna – Rainy Days

Photos copyright © Craig Mackintosh The area around Zaytuna Farm recently experienced the worst floods for many years (since 1974 they say) – then it dried out for a few weeks. And now, over the last five days, it’s been back to raining again…. When the floods were on, people commented to Geoff, asking how he was coping with the power outages. Geoff was blissfully unaware that there had been […]

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Europe’s Uprising Against GMOs and Patents on Life

The unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs in Europe, by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho The recent call for a moratorium on GMOs in Europe [1] (see Europe Holds the Key to a GM-Free World, 5th Conference of GM-Free Regions, Food & Democracy, SiS 43) reflects an unstoppable groundswell of opposition to GMOs from both European citizens and governments. An online poll [2] on the question: “Should GMOs be banned in Europe?” […]

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Home (video)

The following documentary, ‘Home‘, is almost perfect. As a photographer, I was totally engrossed in the imagery – mostly shot from above, and almost entirely in the magic hours of morning and evening light – as this production gives us a vision of this world we call home that is hard to forget. It also leaves one feeling like part of the human fabric – part of the larger human […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Potato Storage Tip

Mmm…. I don’t know about you, but potatoes are one of my favourite foods. Here at Zaytuna we were a tad late in potato planting, so we’re having to cover our potato rows at night – as even here in the sub-tropics we’re getting some winter frosts. A couple more weeks and we should have a good crop to harvest – which will add to all the sweet potatoes and […]

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Implementing Permaculture Across India by Royal Enfield?

by Paul Kean, aka ‘Ringo’ Whilst in Thailand last year I had an insight into what I can do to further my work and continue on my path with teaching Permaculture. I was sitting in an internet booth in Khao San Road, Bangkok when a vision came to me of doing mobile consultancy throughout India on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. I had come to Thailand after having to leave Japan […]

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Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Download the full 13mb PDF As a new report lands on Obama’s desk, we need a groundswell of energy, education and change from Permaculturists everywhere. A 190-page report ‘Global Climate Change Impacts in The United States‘ has just been released. It is a ‘state of knowledge’ report from the US Global Change Research Program(1) that brings together the latest climate science information available and is intended to assist politicians in […]

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Update on Shell Lawsuit

I know many of you will be wondering what happened in the Wiwa vs. Shell case I wrote about recently, as they were scheduled for a June 3 pre-trial conference, and that date has now long passed. Well, Shell kept delaying and there were no reasons given. Now, however, we see what was going on behind the scenes – Shell was deliberating over an out of court settlement of 15.5 […]

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Life at Zaytuna – Part I

Profuse apologies for the lack of posts over the last week. I’ve been organising and actioning travel to PRI’s headquarters – Zaytuna Farm in northern NSW – from where I live in Europe. Now that I’m here, I hope to give you better insights into the life and developments on the farm and with the training centre that makes its home here. Zaytuna’s straw bale buildings at sun-up Yesterday I […]

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A Better Way of Making a Living

Making a living in our modern culture usually requires that you participate in the destruction of the world. We can’t go back to Homo hunter-gatherer. Is there another way forward? There is an another way to make a living that enables you to do what you love and save the world at the same time. I call it the “middle way” of making a living between our modern industrial system […]

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