Why permaculture? Once upon a time I worked in plant pathology research and learned about things like male sterile corn and the mayhem that monoculture can cause, the damage from overuse of chemicals in the form of pesticides and fertilizer, damage to soil tilth caused by too much plowing--we pay a big price for our factory farms, too big. With my background in ecology and biology, I am a big believer that Mother Nature has done a pretty good job of working out the details of what constitutes a healthy environment and that we would do well to learn as much from her as we can. Permaculture uses methods that are closer to nature and that is why I’ve chosen that route--I believe it is healthier for my environment and for my family.
As defined on Wikipedia (my favorite encyclopedia), permaculture is "a branch of ecological design and ecological engineering which develops sustainable human settlements and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems". It embodies the principles of caring for the earth as well as the people and setting limits as needed to sustain both. We have a finite amount of planet to work with here folks and it is getting pushed beyond its point of being able to sustain us. We need to start paying attention.
I heard a recent discussion between some of our city moguls here, that by 2050 at our current rate of growth, we would have to start shipping water in to keep the community growing. I see all kinds of problems with that, especially given that fresh water is going to be one of the limiting factors for the world in the near future (Learn more at the Stockholm International Water Institute). Perhaps we should be looking at controlled growth and living within our means rather than uncontrolled growth and scrambling for resources that might not be available. We need to have everyone living on this planet more responsibly, not just a few of us.
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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