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Permaculture: Green Gold

“It’s possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems with the use of permaculture design principles and techniques.” Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally. Geoff Lawton explains about permaculture and the projects he has develloped in Jordan.

A truly uplifting story how humanity can repair the damaged ecosystems worldwide by systematically applying permaculture design principles and techniques to restore these systems. Ecosystem repair will be the great story of the coming decades! A return of humanity respecting ecology and starting a cooperative bond again with nature.

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5 Comments on "Permaculture: Green Gold"

  1. BillT on Tue, 27th Aug 2013 1:10 am 

    Not in your life time or mine. Topsoil takes 100+ years to return after it has been ruined. You might get something to grow there, but it will not produce enough to make a difference. It also take water and a lot of it. Where is that coming from?

  2. mike on Tue, 27th Aug 2013 7:32 am 

    It takes 100+ years when left to do it naturally. Humans can speed that up quite dramatically when they know what they’re doing.

  3. BillT on Tue, 27th Aug 2013 8:57 am 

    Mike, you cannot make real soil in the lab. You are aware that there are billions of living things in every cubic yard of topsoil, aren’t you? It is not just a few chemicals (from oil) that makes real soil, it is the entire ecosystem that was designed over millions of years. From little worms to bacteria and virus and many more components that are now killed off by our Dupont and Dow chemicals.

    Techies do NOT always have the correct answer. In fact, they seldom do. Usually, they just make a bad situation worse.

  4. Mike on Tue, 27th Aug 2013 11:32 am 

    Nobody mentioned techies or chemicals. You can build up the soil very easily and very quickly by planting trees/bushes/perennials and spreading animal and human shit and urine on the soil rather than flushing it into the sea. Throw in some green manure plants like nettles and you can transform any dead soil in a matter of a few years. There is plenty of space to grow food organically to feed the whole world. This won’t happen of course though because

    a) there is no money in it for the mechanical economy, so as such even though the price of food would come down you would put millions out of work (no government would agree to this)
    b) People don’t like the idea of human crap spread where there food is going to grow
    c) Government subsidies have kept old farmers on their land using inefficient techniques to grow food. Without subsidies many of these farmers would have gone bankrupt, the price of farm land would have fallen and new young minds with fresh ideas would have taken up the mantle.

    So were still fucked, but not because their isn’t a solution, but because government in general won’t let the solutions happen. This is another classic sign of catabolic collapse, Governments/Dictators not reacting to the real world because they have too many special interest parties pushing them in various wrong directions.

  5. BillT on Tue, 27th Aug 2013 2:03 pm 

    Most farm soil is already soaked with chemicals. If it isn’t then it is not in need of restoration because it is already growing all it can grow, even if they are weeds. But, you will be hard pressed to find virgin soil anywhere there are farms, except possibly Amish farms.

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