Posted by & filed under Aid Projects, Land, Urban Projects, Village Development, Waste Systems & Recycling.

With the fourth installment of ‘Permaculture in Latin America’, I invite you to take a look at a video on urban gardening in Haiti, and consider such initiatives in the context of the natural disasters that have besieged it constantly since 2010.

One of the first things I asked my PDC teacher about was if there was some sort of permaculture disaster relief program or group, since it seemed to make perfect sense with the ideals and theory I was learning. He told me that, at that moment in time, there wasn’t exactly an organized, international permanent effort, but that a lot of disaster relief work had been done in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

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Keystone PipeLIES Exposed (Duration: 23 minutes)

This film, produced by the Center for Media and Democracy, debunks the claims of proponents of the Keystone XL pipeline regarding jobs, energy security, gas prices, safety, and climate change. More information about this film and research project, "Keystone PipeLIES Exposed," at pipeliesexposed.org.

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Health & Disease, Livestock, Society.

One day in Iowa I met a particular gentleman — and I use that term, gentleman, frankly, only because I am trying to be polite, for that is certainly not how I saw him at the time. He owned and ran what he called a “pork production facility.” I, on the other hand, would have called it a pig Auschwitz.

The conditions were brutal. The pigs were confined in cages that were barely larger than their own bodies, with the cages stacked on top of each other in tiers, three high. The sides and the bottoms of the cages were steel slats, so that excrement from the animals in the upper and middle tiers dropped through the slats on to the animals below.

The aforementioned owner of this nightmare weighed, I am sure, at least 240 pounds, but what was even more impressive about his appearance was that he seemed to be made out of concrete. His movements had all the fluidity and grace of a brick wall.

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Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Conferences, Deforestation, Desertification, Global Warming/Climate Change, GMOs, Health & Disease, News, Presentations/Demonstrations, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Get the truth about GMOs and dangerous chemicals — and how carbs, gluten, fat, and sugar affect your weight, energy, sleep and the planet. Watch online from anywhere in the world!

When it comes to food, we’re in big trouble.

The food supply is contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, GMOs, chemical cocktails, and neurotoxic pesticides. Even many so-called ‘natural’ foods are actually hazardous to your health.

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by J. Matthew Roney, Earth Policy Institute

At the end of 2013, the wind farms installed in more than 85 countries had a combined generating capacity of 318,000 megawatts, which would be enough to meet the residential electricity needs of the European Union’s 506 million people. New data from the Global Wind Energy Council show that wind developers built 35,000 megawatts of new generating capacity worldwide in 2013. This was down from 45,000 megawatts installed in 2012 — marking only the second time in 25 years that installed capacity increased by less than it did the year before.

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We have a great video for you this week. We visit the farm of one of Geoff Lawton’s students and see all the cool features he put in place after studying Permaculture with Geoff Lawton. It’s quite a dynamic property. You’ll get to see how wind is harvested and put to work to irrigate a food forest of edible plants and timber trees, how the roads were cleverly built, and how the ponds work to build fertility. This is a master example of why students are rushing in droves to study Geoff’s Famous Online PDC Course.

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Posted by & filed under General, Global Warming/Climate Change.

Marcin Gerwin: With temperatures rising and changing weather patterns, agriculture will most certainly feel the effects of climate change. Do you think permaculture has the potential to help farmers to deal with the changing climate?

Patrick Whitefield: One specific way in which permaculture can tackle climate change is through diversity, which we emphasize. In terms of trees, one of the big problems with planting trees is that we don’t know what the climate will be when those trees mature. So if we plant a large variety of trees, lots of different kinds — some of which are suited to hotter or cooler climates — then hopefully we’ll get the ones that will survive and be still thriving in 50 or 100 years. The ones which don’t thrive can be taken out as thinnings.

In terms of the short-lived plants, vegetables, cereals, and so forth, I think that planting mixtures is important, because one of the main effects of climate change is not so much steady increase in temperature but an increase in extremes — of drought, of flood, of hot or of cold. For example, in cereals it’s probably worthwhile to sow a mixture of varieties in the field. So in a dry year one variety will do well, in a wet year another variety will do well.

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Are you concerned about the future of food and farming in Australia?

Now is the time to let the new Federal Government know what you think.

Earlier this week, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) made our submission to the Australian government’s Agriculture Competiveness White Paper process. The Issues paper released by the Department of Agriculture includes proposals to expand large-scale agriculture, primarily with a view to export.

Regrettably, the Issues paper has very little to say regarding the destructive impacts of the globalised food system, the constant drop in the number of Australian primary producers, the impacts on farming communities of cheap and dumped imported produce, the increasing threat of climate change, and the real constraints on monocultural, input-dependent production through dwindling supplies of non-renewable fossil fuel energy sources and other inputs.

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Photo: Transition Heathrow

Having received some rather interesting comments on the article about Grow Heathrow, I felt it worthwhile to expand upon some of the issues surrounding the project.

As it says in my article (1), the legal situation of Grow Heathrow is far from certain and court proceedings against the people who set up the project actually began a few months into it. However, the project is still going strong almost four years later.

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