Revisiting Ethics in Sustainable Agriculture

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Sustainable agriculture is by nature, an ethical industry. By definition it is the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way… Read more »

US Government Award for GM Golden Rice Slated by Leading Environmentalists

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Environmentalists, including one of the world’s most “powerful” women, have called on the United States Government to withdraw the award it has given to controversial “Golden Rice,” which is widely labelled a hoax. Highly respected Indian scientist, physicist and ardent environmentalist, Dr. Vandana Shiva responded vehemently to the announcement that the White House Office of… Read more »

Necessity Turns On the Innovative Side in Plants

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-Extreme nutrient scarcity pushes plant roots in Australian kwongan bushlands to cook up ingenious strategies to survive For a general onlooker, the Australian Outback is nothing more than a bland empty void with low scrubs and bushes. But the kwongan bushland found in the south-west Australia has an unusually rich biodiversity even though subsisting on… Read more »

A Tale of Two Neighbours

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Trailer only. To watch the full story head to geofflawton.com “A Tale of Two Neighbours” is a story of two neighbours on either side of a river. One was an environmentalist who grazed his cattle right up to the edge of the river. The other was Geoff Lawton.

Learning and Farming – An Indian View

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Learning and Farming plays a very critical role in life of individual as well as society says Claude Alvares. He claims that though they seem separate, in reality, they are deeply interconnected. Claude laments the fact that the way multinational corporations, for their vested interest, are destroying native agricultural practices. He also grieves over how… Read more »

Permaculture for Resiliency in International Development through USAID

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By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery With rapidly changing climactic and social conditions, we are witnessing instability in many human support systems around the world. Systems that are heavily dependent on centralized infrastructure and globalization for their basic needs of shelter, water, energy and food are the most… Read more »

Finding Ways to Prevent Water Waste and Save on Rising Produce Costs During California’s Historic Drought

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THE CURRENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA’S UNPRECEDENTED DROUGHT Startling Statistics California is currently in its fourth year of a severe drought. The United States Drought Monitor estimates that over 90 percent of California is currently experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought conditions. For farmers, the increasing scarcity of water has been devastating. According to the American Farmland… Read more »

Recent Legislation Transforms Cities, One Roof at a Time

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In March of 2015, France passed a bill supporting green energy which affects the commercial building industry. The bill requires all new buildings in commercial zones to have their roofs partially covered with either solar panels or plants. Although construction companies and builders may see this as an additional upfront cost, the long term benefits… Read more »

Planting in Pots and Other Ways of Playing with Permaculture in the Big City

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Growing your own food doesn’t require expanses of acreage. It doesn’t require a tractor. It doesn’t require complete self-sufficiency. As we all well know by now, it doesn’t require chemicals, either. It doesn’t even require a garden, at least not in the way we’ve come to picture one. In some instance, it doesn’t even require… Read more »

Permaculture Day 2015: In Support of Soil! Sunday 3rd May

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Celebrating International Year of Soils Healthy soil makes for healthy people, animals and plants; it provides the foundation for all life on land. Soil gives us food, clean water, clean air, medicine, fibre and fuel, it’s also a climate regulator and buffer. All these vital services depend on a dynamic web of billions of organisms,… Read more »