Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Toxins in Compost Geoff Lawton Permaculture

Composting is a classic example of working with nature. When designing compost piles, we are mimicking the natural process of decomposition. We design compost to increase in speed of decomposition, life and diversity beyond the natural process. Compost is a vital part of nutrient cycling for sustainable food production. In this video Geoff discusses small amounts of toxins being included in compost processes. How much do we need to worry about whether our compost ingredients have been in contact with pesticides? What about kitchen scraps from conventional growers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_aa0kpKsRQ&feature=youtube_gdat

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Toxins in Compost - Geoff Lawton Permaculture

Composting is a classic example of working with nature. When designing compost piles, we are mimicking the natural process of decomposition. We design compost to increase in speed of decomposition, life and diversity beyond the natural process. Compost is a vital part of nutrient cycling for sustainable food production. In this video Geoff discusses small amounts of toxins being included in compost processes. How much do we need to worry about whether our compost ingredients have been in contact with pesticides? What about kitchen scraps from conventional growers?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF-DTPgiBtM&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: wwpermaculture

Our Environmental Status and Future Events

If we are being honest with ourselves, most people would admit that the next 50 years is going to be a lot different than the past 50 years. Future generations are going to need to cope with overwhelming conditions that they had nothing to do with creating. I believe that we need regular reminders and need fresh perspectives to assess what is going to happen tomorrow and how our actions today have an affect. We are entering into critical times as we reach tipping points on economy, climate, energy, food, water, soil, and social elements. This video is a great call to action; Permaculture Design is the action!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy5StTUP2wE&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: wwpermaculture

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Permaculture Groups and Government Influence

In our efforts for positive change, while we should be open minded and receptive to opportunities to work with our governments, we cannot leave all responsibilities to the government alone. Rather, the public should take action and represent themselves when their appointed officials do not. Self-reliance and true sustainability is extremely difficult as an individual or single family. The local permaculture groups have been such an effective tool in local communities for positive change, including influencing local government.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EgtRexthsM&feature=youtube_gdat

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Small Scale and Urban Food Production

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pleIXeR5hVc&feature=youtube_gdat

Credit: wwpermaculture