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Crop Yields Inadequate to Feed the World by 2050: Study

Crop Yields Inadequate to Feed the World by 2050: Study (via Climate Central)

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60 percent, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have…

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June 24, 2013   No Comments

Introduction to Permaculture Design

Introduction to Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton. Based on the Bill Mollison Permaculture Manual and the 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate course, Geoff Lawton explains the theory and takes you through a number of Permaculture designed projects that are patterned on Nature. An ideal introduction for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture.

Permaculture design principles seeks a close mimicry of natural ecosystems. However, it is not always so meticulously designed.

Sami Grover writes at treehugger.com. “Permaculture is usually taught as a fairly methodical design discipline. But I learned about it somewhat differently. I make no apologies here for my bias in writing about my friend Mike Feingold – teacher, gardener, and co-conspirator who has been introducing the world, and Bristol, England in particular, to permaculture, sustainability and some fantastic varieties of fruit…

“For those of a more systematic mindset, Mike’s take on permaculture may seem chaotic – but with decades of experience in sustainable farming across the globe – from Africa to India to the Middle East and Europe – he seems to have a six sense for utilizing nutrient and resource flows, and minimizing the need for inputs of human labor or fossil fuels – all of which is at the heart of permaculture.”

May 29, 2013   No Comments

Martin Crawford´s Forest Garden

A walk through Martin Crawford´s beatiful forest garden, a model for resilient, local food growing.

December 31, 2012   No Comments

Bill Mollison – Permaculture Design

This interview is done by Frank Aragona, on the Agroinnovations Podcast.

Bruce Charles ‘Bill’ Mollison is a researcher, author, scientist, teacher and naturalist from Australia. He is considered to be the ‘father of permaculture’, an integrated system of design, co-developed with David Holmgren, that encompasses not only agriculture, horticulture, architecture and ecology, but also economic systems, land access strategies and legal systems for businesses and communities. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 1981 with Patrick van Rensburg.

December 16, 2012   No Comments

David Holmgren Interview

This rare and candid interview with David Holmgren, co-originator of the permaculture concept was obtained by Sam Collins during a Permacuture Design Certificate course David taught at The Food Forest in April 2010. David reflects on the future of human occupation on the planet and permacultures template for survival and abundance.

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December 15, 2012   No Comments

Greening the Desert with Permaculture

by Craig Mackintosh, PRI Editor
The Permaculture Research Institute


Children in a school playground, Al Jawfa, Jordan Valley

When there’s no soil, no water, no shade, and where the sun beats down on you to the tune of over 50°C (122°F), the word ‘poverty’ begins to take on a whole new meaning. It is distinct and surreal. It’s a land of dust, flies, intense heat and almost complete dependency on supply lines outside of ones control. This is the remains of what was once called the ‘fertile crescent’. It is the result of thousands of years of abuse. It is a glimpse at a world where the environment – whose services provide for all human need – has all but completely abandoned us. This is a glimpse at the world our consumer society is inexorably moving towards, as our exponential-growth culture gorges itself at ever-increasing rates.

The original Greening the Desert video clip has been watched hundreds of thousands of times and has been posted to countless blogs and web pages in the datasphere. Although only five minutes long, it has inspired people around the globe, daring the lucid ones amongst us, those who can see the writing on the wall, to begin to hope and believe in an abundant future – a future where our survival doesn’t have to be based on undermining and depleting the very resources of soil, water, phosphorus, etc. that we depend on. The work profiled in that clip demonstrates that humanity can be a positive element within the biosphere. Man doesn’t have to destroy. Man can repair. [Read more →]

December 14, 2012   No Comments