Tropical Food Forests

One of the biggest myths of the industrialized food system is related to the issue of productivity. The massive monocultures of wheat, soybeans, corn, and other products that are cultivated by GPS-controlled combines and fertilized with heavy doses of chemical fertilizers are upheld as the standard of maximum productivity of the land. Following from this myth, we are led to believe that if it wasn’t for the genius of industrial […]

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Making Modern-Day Night Soil

While the practice of collecting “night soil” from urban households in China to be repurposed as fertilizer in rural rice paddies might be somewhat outdated, the idea of using excrement to maintain soil fertility continues to be promoted by environmentalists around the world. Over the last fifteen years, humanure has become a more mainstream topic – with community groups throughout the United States urging their neighbours and municipal governments to […]

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Beautifully Unique Romanesco

I’m not sure if I like Romanesco because I enjoy the way its name rolls off the tongue, because it’s such an odd conical shape and bright green color, or because I adore all produce hailing from the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae Family (aka mustard family) that also includes the likes of broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It could also be because it’s a delicious edible flower with what seems like endless […]

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Mutant Space Bacteria – Real and Dangerous

Researchers from the University of Houston have been studying bacteria growth, change, and mutation in outer space. Their findings are becoming more and more alarming and can pose a serious threat to the health of our future astronauts. The studies have found that some bacterium thrive in the low to zero gravity environment provided in space. According to scientists, the mutation rate of these bacteria can be triple their rate […]

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Broome Residents Question their Lack of Solar Power

The lack of access to solar powered energy has been a long fought battle for the Western Australian residents. Even though the Kimberly town of Broome is considered one of the sunniest locations in Australia, only a mere 10% of the town’s power is backed by solar energy. The state-owned energy utility, Horizon Power, is responsible for the electric grid that Broome falls within. According to them, the reason that […]

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Natural pesticides versus Synthetic; a Green Choice for our Gardens and Farms.

Synthetic pesticides are chemicals that are made up of sulphur, chlorine, nitrogen, and other chemicals. These are toxic substance which are used to control pests such as insects, rodents and weeds. Pests are, by nature, very destructive to crop plants, and would otherwise damage them if they were allowed to thrive in agricultural land areas. As a result, the use of synthetic pesticides had taken off due to the percieved […]

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SCC Urged to Reconsider Decision to Chop Down Fruit Trees in UFS

Western Australia Councilor Chris Cornish is urging the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) to consider reducing the red tape around verge gardens – after council workers cut down 18 fruit trees in the Urban Food Streets (UFS) precinct at Buderim. The gardens span 11 streets and provide sufficient produce to feed approximately 200 households – but the council has decided that if residents do not obtain free permits and take out […]

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Organic Sustainable Farming is the Future of Agriculture

Sustainability in agriculture requires us to find methods of farming that will continue on in a regenerative cycle that is beneficial to the environment, and to people as well. Organic market gardeners Frank and Josje have more than 25 years experience in studying sustainable farming systems and are part of an organization called CSA – or Community Supported Agriculture. This system challenges the failing supermarket system for farmers and consumers […]

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Patterns in the Natural World and Nature as Measure

The spirals on a snail´s shell, the ripples of wave currents seen from an airplane, the careful branching out of a tree´s limbs, a river deltas or the small veins inside a leaf: all of these are much more than pure coincidence, but rather the result of the pattern design of the natural world. While almost everyone, at some time in their life or another, has fallen in love with […]

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Words for Awakening: Voices of Inspired Revolt

Over the last few months I have been working with my co-director of the Simplicity Institute, Simon Ussher, collecting together provocative and inspiring quotes and excerpts from our favourite thinkers and writers, related to the themes of simple living, frugal abundance, money and wealth, crisis, mindfulness, nature mysticism and sacred activism. In our new book, Words for Awakening: Voices of Inspired Revolt, each of these quotes have been placed over […]

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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Closed-Loop Farming in Costa Rica

I woke up to the sound and smell of a chicken coop. It was a mild March morning in La Argentina, a small town on Costa Rica’s southeastern edge. I was staying on a small-scale, family farm of the gracious Señora Ana. Her farm, as with many of her neighbor’s, incorporates animal, vegetable, and fish production into a closed-loop system. Closed-loop farming is, in essence, the most primitive form of […]

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