Archive for July, 2015

Here are some really good ideas in making fresh raised / semi raised beds in a previously manicure lawn garden, well worth the watch for anyone who is looking into making a few permaculture inspired changes in their own gardens.

The video is from Sweden and includes video footage as well as still images:

I stumbled upon this completely by accident, nice little video from ‘Living In The Future; Eco-villages”, a permaculture garden and training centre on a large piece of land with a Dam, lake, training facilities, nursery etc.

Enjoy

So the big day has come and passed, it was very laid back, fun and loads to learn – basically a nice gathering of like minded people from all over London and other parts of the UK

Permaculture Paradigm: ''Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL''

Permaculture Paradigm: ”Think GLOBAL Act LOCAL”

The event was held at the Cecil Sharp house in Camden London, workshops and events for the day included: Wildlife Gardening, Introduction to Permaculture, Permaculture’s next big step, The Barefoot Beekeeper, Best Crops for Pots, Come And Meet My Hens, Seeds Of Fashion – Grow a Garment & Permaculture in Orchards, to name a few. There were kiddies activities outside in the garden, a few food stands serving sandwiches and tea / coffee and cake etc.

At the event there were various interest groups from the Wildlife Trusts to Sustainable / Healthy Eating cookery classes being offered, Awareness groups such as Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, then the usual hand made crafts and clothing on sale, natural medicine / ointments and herbal remedies etc. One particular attraction was the Permanent Publications bookstand where all books were on 50% discount from their retail price.

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand at London Permaculture Festival 2015

Although not surprised, I was glad to see a dedicated plant stand offering both edible as well as wildlife friendly ornamental plants for your garden / veggie patch or even allotment! the prices were very reasonable in my opinion and the plants were of a high quality, I even saw plant species that I was completely unaware of.

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

Plant Stand London Permaculture Festival 2015

One particular observation I had made during the day which was very exciting as well as encouraging, was the various cultural backgrounds seen at the event, this was a positive thing in my opinion …

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

Main Hall at the 6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015

I must apologize, due to family commitments as well as a near full SD card in my camera, I could not take as many photo’s as I would like to have … for more, please see my previous post Here on the London Permaculture Festival, scroll down for videos from previous years.

One nice little permanent attraction at the venue is theĀ Forest Garden at the main entrance which was put in during a ”Permablitz” session at some point and can be seen from the road, the garden includes a pond, edible plants as well as ornamental plants and even a Herb Spiral.

To join the permablitz network in London or to see the projects including this one, click Here.

Main Hall with Plant stand at right of stage (6th Annual London Permaculture Festival 2015)

Overall, this was a very family friendly event as well as being full of the potential to learn and connect with the permaculture network in the UK / London … Now on to the IPCUK ( International Permaculture Convergence UK, 8-9 and 10-16 September 2015) for those who can afford the entrance fees!

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner

London Permaculture Festival Logo / Banner

This is a document compiled and hosted on GM Watch, I highly recommend checking their site for other useful information on Genetic Manipulation and it’s lobby groups:

http://www.gmwatch.org/files/10-reasons-we-dont-need-GM-foods.pdf

GMO Meme

GMO Meme

Further Reading: http://permaculturenews.org/2008/10/28/the-failures-of-genetically-modified-crops-continue/

GMO / Golden Rice has a competitor, it’s called Permaculture!!

Some of you have heard the lobby backed calls for the GMO Golden rice to be pushed into production asap because many people mainly in Asia suffer from vitamin A deficiency, Golden Rice is a Genetically Manipulated product whereby Vitamin A is forced into the genes of the original rice (The agenda is purely for profit as the multi billion dollar Biotech cartels have their investor’s interests to look after and please).

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines

No doubt, someday soon, a Monsanto / Bayer / Syngenta / Dow / Du Pont / Pioneer et al Troll will pick up on this article and label me as a ”child killer standing in the way of poor 3rd world peoples health”, that’s absolutely fine, as they themselves ignore independent research into GM technology and only look at what the industry itself and it’s paid ‘scientists’ report on their completely ‘unbiased’ findings … I have looked at both sides of the story and theirs is Not convincing!

Ban Golden Rice - Philippines Protests

Ban Golden Rice – Philippines Protests

There are so many green / veggie foods high in vitamin A that can be grown Exactly where these people live, which makes this ”technology” completely unnecessary.

Ever heard of the Moringa Tree? AKA The Miracle Tree … Well IRRI definitely either has not or, they don’t want you to know! (IRRI = International Rice Research Institute) < Sponsored by US / EU Biotech and hosted in the Philippines.

Lets take a look at the three images that totally undermine the goals of the Golden Rice Lobby:

Moringa ''Miracle Tree'' Benefits / Nutrients

Moringa ”Miracle Tree” Benefits / Nutrient Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

Moringa Leaves, Mineral / Vitamin Composition

World Map where Moringa grows naturally / or when planted – this is exactly where it is needed. People don’t know so education is far more beneficial than some unproven technology

There you have it folks, Golden Rice Debunked in Three Images!

Dear Filipino People and the Philippine Government … IRRI’s budget in 2014 according to Wikipedia is USD 99.19 Million, Moringa Seeds are available online on sites such as Ebay. I did some calculations and this budget would buy 3,171,888,500 (Billion) Moringa Seeds for immediate planting worldwide, starting where there is the most recorded cases of Vitamin A deficiency !!
NOTE:
Moringa is grown in the Philippines already, but has clearly somehow skipped Media/ Authority attention … for some reason.

For further reading on GMO’s so you can come to your own conclusion, here are Independent websites containing articles and research into the controversial technology. I highly recommend you to Always look at what the alternative / independent media report on world changing issues as most likely, what you read in the newspapers is one sided (the side of the one paying the most money):

http://www.gmwatch.org/

http://www.anhinternational.org/

Good Documentary on GMO’s

http://permaculturenews.org/2015/07/16/the-power-of-duck-a-review/

Here is a nice short 6+ minute mini tour of an Eco Home with a permaculture inspired lifestyle:

Chris Southall and Rosie Dodds practice urban permaculture at their home in Clacton-on-Sea in the UK. Their bungalow has half acre of garden providing vegetables year round.

For them Urban Permaculture is about greater self-reliance in food and a more self-reliant home, which uses less energy and water. They have a reed bed which purifies grey water from the bungalow ready for use in the garden. They keep chickens, burn wood, and reuse a lot of waste materials scavenged from the neighbouring industrial estate. Energy costs are kept close to zero. PV and solar water have been installed.

This home has undergone extensive eco renovation, much of it done at low cost in DIY fashion. It is one of the homes in the SuperHomes network of older homes that have been renovated by their owners to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60%.

In this 5 minute video we get to see an indoor compost toilet system, bio-shelter thermal battery, and low-maintenance gardens