Excerpt from “10 reasons why permaculture is f@cking awesome!”

“1) IMITATE NATURE

The nature accumulated billions of years of evolution, experimentation, of trial and error and it would be foolish to not take advantage of all this knowledge. Thus, permacultors draws a lot from nature to design its systems. For instance, instead of adopting the current agricultural model of industrial monoculture, permacultors will seek to create the most complete ecosystems possible. Instead of designing its production according to a classical linear scheme (resource extraction – usage – waste disposal), he will use as much closed loops as possible, bearing in mind that waste is just a resources waiting to be used. For instance, used corrugated cardboard can be shredded and used as litter; when used, this litter can be vermicomposted; the worm may feed chickens or fish; the compost will be very useful to plants; etc.”

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Permanent agriculture or food forests encourages:

-people to support natural, local practices instead of harsh chemicals and abused labor

-children to go outdoors and experience nature instead of processed foods and obesity

-a happy community of people instead of isolated neighborhoods

-more free time instead of longer hours of work for food costs

For every person that we can share this knowledge with they can share it with ten more!

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This summer DAV wants to give the opportunity to help our fellow humans and spread the necessary knowledge to do so on a personal level.

How?

Our crew is going to spread permaculture concepts across North America USING A 100% FOSSIL FREE RV!!!

Why is this so crucial?

This campaign is about strengthening connections to our fellow species and to our beautiful Earth.

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The “other” 9/11

 

“What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered in the wild. It was a revolutionary development and made civilization possible. Since then humans have been able to grow food and feed themselves. Today, that freedom embodied in seeds is threatened. Multinational corporations, like Monsanto, have radically changed the agricultural landscape. The imposition of intellectual property rights and patenting have been ways corporations have devised to put a price tag on seeds and to undo what has been for millennia a shared heritage. Around the world there is backlash and resistance to the corporate hijacking of seeds. In many instances it is indigenous peoples who are leading the way in promoting sustainability and protecting the integrity of seeds.

Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned voice for sustainable development and social justice. She’s a physicist, scholar, social activist and feminist. She is Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi. She’s the recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize and of the Right Livelihood Award, the alternative Nobel Prize. She is the author of many books, including Water WarsEarth DemocracySoil Not Oil and Making Peace with the Earth.”