[permaculture] defining permaculture
paul at richsoil.com
Wed Jun 20 14:36:01 EDT 2007
It seems that everybody has a different definition.
When I'm asked what permaculture is, I relate the story of how the
sahara was once jungle and savannah. Folks learned about agriculture
and started cutting down trees to plant their crops. After a few
years, the soil would be awful and they would cut down a new batch of
trees. Then the climate changed. There is debate over whether the
cutting of the trees caused the climate change.
Then there is a natural desert in australia. Trees are planted and
babied for a few years. Then left on their own. The area is growing
larger by itself - no further human input. And ... some speculate ...
that the climate is starting to become wetter.
So I've been repeating this for a long time. So long that I cannot
remember where I heard the second part. The first part I think is
well known. Can anyone help me with sourcing the second part?
And - yeah, permaculture is much more than this, but this is the core
of it for me: healing the earth.
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