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PacificEdge | April 1, 2015

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Skepticism, not emotion and fear the key to understanding GM food

February 18, 2015 |

OFF this Friday to hear Vendana Shiva. Never seen her live before but have seen her in a video session where she dominated the session and spoke over the other interviewee, who agreed with her on most things. Fairly unimpressed … Read More

Small and slow solutions: a principle too little, too late?

February 11, 2015 |

SMALL AND SLOW SOLUTIONS… permaculture principle or shibboleth?

A bit of both, I think. A good idea some of the time, but what about other times? Small of slow solutions might work when we’re establishing an ordhard, but in these … Read More

Funding our permaculture: the question of accepting grants, or not

February 11, 2015 |

BILL MOLLISON once warned against reliance on government funding and grants, and he was right. They are there one year, gone the next. I don’t recall Bill saying not to accept grant funding, just to be wary of relying on … Read More

The household economy: time for reimagining?

February 11, 2015 |

I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING when she got the big drum out from the back of the cupboard.

“I”m going to bottle those cherries we got yesterday”, Fiona said. “So I’m cleaning up the kitchen first to make space. … Read More

Will anti-Islam link discredit Permaculture?

December 29, 2014 | 4

A Northern NSW “permaculture farmer” calling for a boycott of halal foods and linked with an alleged far-right anti-Islamic group could bring the permaculture design system into disrepute if her beliefs are taken to be representative of permaculture.Read More

The household solution — too small to push change?

November 25, 2014 | 6

I RECEIVED an email from Permaculture Australia recently promoting online videos of Nicole Foss and David Holmgren. So I took a look. The email made reference to their recent Sydney event that I missed, so I don’t know whether the … Read More

Needed: Simple, focused, tangible goals

November 12, 2014 |

THE FAIR FOOD MOVEMENT is diverse and fractured. It is made up of small organisations each pursuing their own goals that in some cases are too lofty for poorly-resourced groups to achieve, while in other cases those organisations are going … Read More

A Weedy walk with Diego

September 14, 2014 |

DIEGO BONETTO is a man who knows weeds. He also knows that what some people call weeds others call crops. Or, at least, forage food and wild pharmaceuticals.

I went with Diego this afternoon for a weedy walk through Randwick … Read More

A life assisting others

September 7, 2014 | 1

IT MUST HAVE BEEN in 1994 or 1995 that I became involved in Tony Jansen’s (photo above) food security and farming projects in the Solomon Islands. Then, we were both working for APACE — Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment … Read More

Time to ensure permaculture internships not exploitative

September 4, 2014 | 1

IF THERE IS A TIME for permaculture people who offer internships on their properties to ensure that their arrangements with unpaid workers are fair and not exploitative, that time is now.Read More