Welcome to the world of Permaculture

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What is Permaculture all about?

Permaculture is a natural way of gardening and growing food, the name permaculture means “permanent agriculture” which allows the natural environment to do what its best at and produces healthier plants and food.

(agriculture is the name given to the activities involved in growing and producing our food but its become synonymous with commercial farming methods using harsh and often highly toxic chemicals)

Permanent agriculture, simply means we sustain (keep it going independently) without the need for any synthetic additives, chemicals or toxins such as fertiliser, herbices and pesticides, which, kill microorganisms in the soil. By growing food this way, we have to continually rely on chemicals to provide the nutrients they need in order to grow, instead of the natural environment.

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The same nutritional values are present in our soil but farmers add chemicals in order to reduce the loss off crops from pests. Fertiliser is added if the soil has been ploughed or tilled, which kills off the microorganisms in the soil. It’s a perpetual cycle of doom and a clever system that was designed in collaboration with large and very profitable chemical supply companies in order to keep the money wheel spinning.

Sadly in most countries, farming is heavily regulated, and it is evident that most farmers make very little money from their efforts, however, the companies selling the chemicals, chemicals which are required to be sprayed due to regulation, are the ones making millions.

Permaculture uses nature, instead of nasty chemicals, known as pesticides (pest-I-sides), herbicides (herb-I-sides) or fertilisers (fir-till-i-zers)

soil regeneration

These chemicals can be very toxic and kill all the wonderful tiny microscopic creatures in the soil. They are so small, that you need a microscope to see them but they play a very important role in keeping the soil healthy and providing nutrients to plants, nutrients that us humans need to stay healthy.

Without nutrients our bodies will not perform as well as they were intended. This might mean that we suffer from illnesses or we feel tired. With the correct amount of organic healthy nutrients our bodies will perform at their optimum levels.

More worryingly, is the fact that many of these synthetic chemicals being used in the production of food are contributing to decline in our health, so much so, that 1 in 2 people will now be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Chemicals such as Glyphosate have been heavily linked and proven to cause such illness.

So why do regulators still insist on using harmful chemicals, it doesn’t make sense to harm humans or poison the food we eat. Some of the main reasons are greed, money and demand. With the population of our planet growing at an exponential rate, some farming organisations are struggling to keep up with the demand, whereas greed also acts as another factor because large scale companies selling the chemicals want even more money and become even richer.

Some of these issues could be blamed on waste, food is so readily available in today’s modern world that people buy more than they need. Marketing campaigns don’t help in this regard. Half a century ago we had to be more Conservative with our food and very little was wasted. It was a treat for many households to have a roast dinner on a Sunday. Mother used to bake cakes and often fresh bread but now we live in an era where cakes and bread is cheaper to buy than it is to make.

Much of this is convenience, we work harder than ever before due to economical issues and financial strain on families to pay bills so have little time to make our own food from raw ingredients, which often only consist of naturally sourced ingredients. Whereas commercially produced food can often have dozens of ingredients, including, stabilisers, preservatives, colourings, and sweeteners etc…

Permaculture provides a sustainable way of growing produce and restoring the environment, such as our soils. Thankfully, although a little late, many farming organisations worldwide are waking up to the fact that we need to start considering the damage being done to the soil, with that, many are now educating farmers to use no till or no plough methods and incorperating cover crops with wild flowers a combination that offers a natural solution to restoring nitrogen into the soil, pollination and pest control.

We still have a long way to go. In the Amazon jungle for example, ancient tribes people are being forced (sometimes killed) from their villages in a land takeover to path the way for larger areas needed to grow soy beans, a staple food used in cattle feed. Vast areas of the jungle are being destroyed, in turn, affecting the climate, wildlife and biodiversity.

Millions of tons of soya bean is processed daily into cattle feed and transported across the world to feed the extraordinary insatiable appetite for fast food. With millions of meat burgers sold each hour across the world, there’s no surprise why monocrop farming is on the rise.

Our best solution for soil restoration is to spend just 1 hour learning about soil and how we as individuals can restore it.

Simple methods such as in the ground Worm bins or throwing away commercial pesticides, herbices and fertilisers.

Start researching about natural pest control and understand why weeds appear, most people don’t even realise weeds are helpers, they present themselves to repair the soil by drawing Co2 down and the sequestration process turns it into valuable nutrients, yet we’ve been taught weeds are bad!

“Icide”, actually means to kill, (Herbicides) Herb is a medicine…

I’ll let you think about that for a moment. Enjoy.

 

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