Permaculture Samoa

by Tamlyn Magee (Tamlyn is living and working in Samoa on a Permaculture education and demonstration project with local NGO, METI) Ualesi and Tavita are satisfied to be using waste as a resource – building the first earth-tyre construction in Samoa Coconut trees are possibly the first thing you think of when you hear the words tropical island. Right? Well, there are good reasons for that. The coconut, along with […]

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Permaculture Miracles in the Austrian Mountains

Photo credit: Keith Johnson I’d like to introduce you to Sepp Holzer, a man who not only produces food in a very unlikely location, at a high and frigid altitude in Austria, but is also growing very unlikely crops there as well — and all without the use of chemicals, and with minimal input of human labour. I guess you could call him a European counterpart of people like Bill […]

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Doctors Warn: Avoid Genetically Modified Food

Immediate Moratorium on All Genetically Modified Foods Recommended By Jeffrey M. Smith, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology, and author of the highly acclaimed Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. On May 19th, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called on “Physicians to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible and provide educational materials concerning GM foods […]

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Jean Pain Composting – All the Energy You Need, From the Garden

by Benjamin Falloon, TaranakiFarm.com My partner Nina Grundner and I have just finished translating a 15 minute german video documentary short on the frenchman Jean Pain. For those unfamiliar with his work, I’ll quote wikipedia verbatim…. Jean Pain (1930 – 1981) was a French innovator who developed a compost based bioenergy system that produced 100% of his energy needs. He heated water to 60 degrees celsius at a rate of […]

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You Never Know How You Might Contribute

Aipipas Elementary School, Papua New Guinea I took the very first ‘Permaculture Aid Worker’s Training Course’ at the Permaculture Research Institute in November, 2008 with Geoff & Nadia Lawton, and Rosemary Morrow. During the course, I was unsure of my abilities to contribute to an overseas aid project. Even though I had been studying permaculture since 2006, taken two PDCs and interned at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute most […]

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On the Rebound

Researchers suggest that our self indulgence might cancel out our cleverness, as we consume more of what we save in a “rebound effect“. Which is, apparently, a variant of the Jevons Paradox (thanks to Marc Hudson). What price water and food when there’s no water and food. Elsewhere, Russia reserves the right to wage its own wars for oil; the planet becomes increasingly unbalanced; marine wildernesses go the way of […]

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Compost & Compost Tea Workshop

A workshop in the utilization of local “waste” in providing all the required nutrients for productive systems, with Paul Taylor. FarmReady Approved Course ID# FRTC0185 July 18th – July 19th 2009. 09:00-17:00 with lunch break Malanda • Atherton Tablelands • Far North Queensland $265 for 2 Days Incl. Morning & Afternoon Tea & Lunch Topics include: Making “backyard compost” The principles of compost tea Compost tea brewers Creating beneficial soil […]

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Organic Waste Matters

by Kym Kruse, of Free Range Permaculture Next time you go to throw that banana peel in the bin, stop and think about the environmental impact that action has. As with most things these days, we are quickly running out of landfill space. More than 50% of all household waste, from vegetable scraps to garden waste, can be recycled or composted. By doing this you can not only help your […]

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Monsanto Invents the Pig

It’s amazing what humankind can do with a little effort and ingenuity. Who’da thought we could create an intelligent, four legged creature with a curly tail, that actually walks and makes cute grunting noises? Stand by to be horrified at the lengths Big Biotech will go to take over the world’s food supplies. You’ll also be shocked to learn that pig and cattle farmers are seeing their livestock go sterile […]

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Feeding Frenzy

Editor’s Note: Before reading George’s excellent piece below, check out this totally engrossing footage of the sea’s most maligned creature. The video features bull and tiger sharks (notice one bull shark has a deformed jaw, from being hooked at some point). The clip may give you an even greater appreciation of the tragedy found in the facts George shares with us. May we hasten to the safe haven of sustainability […]

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The Corporation

"If corporations are legally human – what kind of people are they?" No green website should go without making a mention of the ‘The Corporation’ movie. We’ll go a step further, and make it easy for you to watch it. Many of you will have seen it – but if you haven’t, take some time to do so. Below you’ll find the complete, highly acclaimed and appropriately disturbing documentary. If this […]

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Quail Springs – Put to Music

High school students from inner city Los Angeles recently came to experience permaculture through Quail Springs. As a part of the Green Ambassadors’ program, currently based out of Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale, CA, the group of 10 students and their fearless leaders spent four days learning about permaculture, natural building, and relationship building with community and each other. Not only did they learn the value of living symbiotically […]

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