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How To Transition To a Permaculture Lifestyle

How To Transition To a Permaculture Lifestyle | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
It has been a mystery in permaculture on how to transition (still pay the bills so to speak) from our current situation/lifestyle into an abundant and free permaculture lifestyle. In this post I have laid out a step by step guide on ...

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WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts

WarkaWater | Each Drop Counts | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.


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Eric Larson's curator insight, February 6, 2016 9:13 PM

Fascinating design???

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Food Loss and Food Waste

Food Loss and Food Waste | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year
Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption
Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain (FAO, 2011)
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Russia looks to become leading organic food exporter as Europe sees future in GMO

Russia looks to become leading organic food exporter as Europe sees future in GMO | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Last week, an EU court ruled Italy cannot ban the cultivation of an EU-approved genetically modified crop, thus publicly supporting GMO. At the same time, Russia has been ramping up production and export of organic food.
GMO has been banned in Russia since 2016. 

"Recently the organic food market has definitely expanded in Russia. The organically produced food industry held a market valuation of $178 million in 2015, an increase from 2010’s $116 million total,” economist Iryna Kobuta at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia told RT.
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Regeneration: The Next Stage of Organic Food and Farming—And Civilization - Regeneration International

Regeneration: The Next Stage of Organic Food and Farming—And Civilization - Regeneration International | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Regenerate—to give fresh life or vigor to; to reorganize; to recreate the moral nature; to cause to be born again. (New Webster’s Dictionary, 1997)

When a reporter asked him [Mahatma Gandhi] what he thought of Western civilization, he famously replied: “I think it would be a good idea.”

A growing corps of organic, climate, environmental, social justice and peace activists are promoting a new world-changing paradigm that can potentially save us from global catastrophe. The name of this new paradigm and movement is regenerative agriculture, or more precisely regenerative food, farming and land use.
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Dame Ellen MacArthur: food, health and the circular economy

Talk during the 2015 EAT Food Forum. Read more on www.eatforum.org

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How to CHOP & DROP like a Pro: Growing Biomass Plants for Fertilizer

If you missed our video yesterday, we talked about cutting back mass amounts of our farm's Mexican Sunflower, to spread it around the farm. If you misse
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Regaining Food Sovereignty: Neyaab Nimamoomin Mewinzha Gaa-inajigeyang

Written & Directed by Simone Senogles & Scott C. Knudson Regaining Food Sovereignty explores the state of food systems in some Northern Minnesota Nativ

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Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations have a legitimate claim to be custodians of natural assets. There is the premise that water, food, soil and agriculture should be handed over to powerful and wholly corrupt transnational corporations to milk for profit, under the pretence these entities are somehow serving the needs of humanity.

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Just Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data'

Just Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data' | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international controversy, a new trove of company records was released early Tuesday, providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

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10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets | CUESA

10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets | CUESA | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
It's National Farmers Market Week, all the more reason to show your gratitude and support for local food and farmers.
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Hemp Made Tiny House And Insulation

Stay Kondo has made modular tiny houses that can be expanded and grow as your family grows. It's made of Hemp, which can be used to create almost any typ
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Cayo Belize Field Notes Spring 2017

Flora and Fauna of MesoAmerica.
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Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service

Poor Orphan Crops...So Valuable, So Neglected | Inter Press Service | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Why? Simply because these species have been overshadowed by those in greater demand. For example, of the 30,000 edible plant species, a mere 30 are used to feed the world.

“Yet these neglected and under-utilised crops can help to increase the diversification of food production, adding new species to our diets that can result in better supply of particular nutrients, i.e. essential amino acids, fiber, proteins.”

The UN agency also notes that, in addition to diversifying nutritional intake, orphan crops provide economic and environmental benefits–farmers can grow them on their own, as part of crop rotation systems or inter-plant them with other crops, protecting and enhancing agro-biodiversity at the field level.
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Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile - Indian Country Media Network

Harvest like Our Ancestors: The Resistance is Fertile - Indian Country Media Network | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
It’s time for the harvest. Traditionally, the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) are hunter gatherers. For generations, our children have gotten excited when the chokecherries turn black, because that meant they were ripe for picking.

Buffaloberries and wild plums are ready when the chokecherries are. Wild strawberries and raspberries were ready a month previous, along with wild onions; prairie turnips (timpsila) were picked two months before that. The berries and plums can be eaten fresh picked, and are made into jams and jellies. Wojapi is a delicious dessert made from honey or sugar and berries, usually chokecherries. Chokecherries mixed with kidney fat and dried meat are also used to make wasna, ceremonial food. My father, who is a wild game hunter, loves pemmican. We gather first. Hunting will come in another month’s time.
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How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis

How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system. 

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Polydome Sustainable Agriculture

Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. 


The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.


It is estimated that by using Polydome, even cities as densely populated as New York City could provide the majority of their own food supply using available roof space. A less dense city like Rotterdam could provide an estimated 80% of its food needs using only 3% of its surface area. 


For more information on sustainable agriculture and the polydome visit: Except Integrated Sustainability - http://www.except.nl/en/#Home


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Daniel LaLiberte's curator insight, January 14, 4:52 PM
The key interesting concept is that the majority of our food needs can be met in the same space required for us to live.  

While animals are involved in this ecosystem, I expect it would work fine, perhaps even better, without us having to eat them, if we get our minimal protein needs from plants.
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Grow your own Fertilizer- Mexican Sunflower

Natural Soil Amendments - Chop & Drop
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The Regenerators: A better way to farm

An inspirational short film showcasing New Zealand farmers leading the way with regenerative techniques to save our rivers from pollution and contamination
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Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto? | American Council on Science and Health

Dicamba Drift Dilemma: Who Carries More Blame, Farmers or Monsanto? | American Council on Science and Health | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
The latest problem surrounds Monsanto’s most expensive genetically engineered crop: dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans. Dicamba kills broadleaf plants indiscriminately, so traditionally it was only used before crops emerged because the herbicide will kill them too. In a fashion similar to glyphosate-tolerant crops, dicamba-tolerant cotton and soy allowed farmers to apply the herbicide to their fields without harming crops.

A known problem with dicamba has always been that it is very volatile and can drift onto neighboring crops and thus destroy them. So along with developing the GM crops, Monsanto developed a less volatile version of dicamba to placate concerns they had about drift.
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Britain exports banned deadly weed killer to developing countries

Britain exports banned deadly weed killer to developing countries | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Thousands of tonnes of highly-toxic weed killer not authorized for use in the EU is being produced in Britain and exported to the developing world, it has been revealed.
Paraquat, a pesticide that can be lethal with a single sip, has caused thousands of accidental deaths and suicides globally, and was outlawed by EU states in 2007. It can be absorbed through the skin and has been linked to Parkinson’s disease.
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17 States Investigate Dicamba Damage Complaints Spanning 2.5 Million Acres

17 States Investigate Dicamba Damage Complaints Spanning 2.5 Million Acres | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Reports suggest that farmers applied the herbicide to Monsanto Co.'s new dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton crops to beat back ever-resistant weeds, but the drift-prone chemical can be picked up by the wind and land on neighboring non-target fields, crops and native plants. Fruits and vegetables, as well as other crops that are not genetically engineered to withstand dicamba, are often left cupped and distorted when exposed to the chemical.

The current rash of complaints echoes the similar devastation last summer, when 10 states reported hundreds of thousands of crop acres adversely impacted by the apparent misuse of the herbicide.
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Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level

Fake Food: GMO crops have been a massive failure on every level | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it

Genetically modified crops were once hailed as the solution to all manner of problems facing our planet. Proponents insisted they would reduce the need for pesticides, increase yields and help create plenty of nutritious food to feed our world.

Two decades later, however, it’s becoming increasing


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Eben Lenderking's curator insight, June 11, 9:00 AM

Down with GMO!

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Robert Macfarlane on The Monkey Wrench Gang | Rereading

Robert Macfarlane on The Monkey Wrench Gang | Rereading | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Can literature tackle the environment crisis? More than 30 years ago, The Monkey Wrench Gang proved that it could, in sparking eco-revolution – but who is inspiring today's activists?
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One of the Great American Novels...you slackers.....

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SEED KEEPING — Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a...

SEED KEEPING — Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a... | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
Golden Amaranth was gathered in 1978 in a door-yard garden near Rinconada, New Mexico by Native Seeds/SEARCH and I received seed from Miguel Santisteven (my friend Margarita Garcia’s husband) whe
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If you see this weed in your garden don’t kill it! Here’s 10 reasons why!

If you see this weed in your garden don’t kill it! Here’s 10 reasons why! | Sustainability: Permaculture, Organic Gardening & Farming, Homesteading, Tools & Implements | Scoop.it
This plant grows like weed and it’s good! It’s good for you!

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