We must redesign our lives. Our society must be both technologically and ecologically aware. Our yards, our farms, our national parks, streams and even cities needs all be thoughtfully planned to allow for other life. We need a network of wild lands and rethought out “farms” that promote food and habitat! We are humans! Sapience is our niche, let us rethink our live and this time factor in all life.      

Pleistocene Park

By removing, hunting to extinction, the large animals in the north we disrupted equilibrium. In some places deserts ensued (tundra), others forests (boreal). In either case, it was the absence of large herbivores that caused the ecosystem shift. Put the grazers back and the grasses will out compete once again.

Tianjin Eco City:

Baby steps. We have floated a long way adrift. Yet, they try and for that I will support them. We must not be content here however.  

Income Guarantee for Agribusinesses: Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) Shallow Loss Program | Taxpayers for Common Sense

Shallow loss programs for Agribusiness…

Just one more way people and corporations use government to distort markets.

What competitive advantage would a bio-diverse permaculture farm like Mark Shepard’s New Forest Farm have in a world of NO subsidies? Crop diversification (read income diversification) would be the guard against price, commodity, and weather fluctuations. In supporting this industry through government money we deny market pressure, we reap a different cost perhaps a greater one.

The Prairie Flower Way of Life

Every time we eat corn and beans… we participate in the destruction of our prairies. How do we escape this?

This man make it his life’s mission to preserve what you and I destroy. We must change.

All of culture, whether it be agriculture or not, must be fitted to the land’s ecology, this is the only way to preserve ecosystems and support a thriving humanity for the long haul. We can do this, but it will take you and I doing different things than our parents did.

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture. He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing maintenance. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plus several types of plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.”

A Woodsman Cottage by Ben Law

This man is an enormous source of inspiration and encouragement to me. While not practical for everyone, he offers another example of freedom through ecological dwelling and building. We have much to learn form him! He not only knows woodland management, coppicing and timber framing, but has the impetuous to be different. I hope to follow in his path soon.

The information contained here is so simple to intellectually grasp that it slips strait through our collective action. We just nod our head and change not a damn thing. This is not just population or energy consumption it is all economics! We will hit our limit and when we do we are likely to hit it hard. We only live on this one Earth and our capacity to degraded it gets stronger by the day. May we take a moment to understand the exponential function and to change our lives. 

Ecological Economics -

Good introduction into this emerging field of Economics and Ecology. We humans are only a part of a much larger whole, we can not continue to ignore our current effects on our own future well being or that of this unique biosphere. 

fuckyeahpermaculture:

On The Anatomy Of Thrift: Pork Side Butchery

For the permaculturists interested in being more self-sufficient and in having at least enough respect for an animal to do the work ourselves and know where our meat comes from and that it was butchered with as much care and respect as possible, should you choose to consume meat.

This video shows the now-rare art of pork butchery, giving great information and visual demonstration of how to butcher a pig and how to cook some parts of it. There is even some history in the beginning and reflection on animal consumption toward the end.

You’d probably still want to seek real training before attempting this yourself but at least this video gives some great information to get started with.

Be warned though: Though there is no violent slaughter in this video, it  may not be for you if you are uncomfortable with seeing an animal carcass being butchered.