[permaculture] perennial polyculture from RAND corporation or Permaculture Agribusiness

Nicholas Roberts nicholas at themediasociety.org
Wed Jan 14 05:02:22 EST 2009

just found a very interesting article from RAND corporation - a US military
industrial research corporation - about perennial polyculture - looks to me,
that corporate agribusiness will soon in the permaculture business

you might not be interested in multinational corporations and global
capitalism, but they are interested in you


Perennial Polyculture Farming: Seeds of Another Agricultural
Humanity today faces a variety of problems on a global scale. These problems
include poverty
and hunger, growing worries about fossil fuel consumption, environmental
degradation, loss
of biodiversity, health problems—particularly among women and children—and a
global disparity in education levels.1 There is no shortage of solutions
proposed for each of
these problems, but there is one solution—perennial polyculture farming—that
could contribute
answers to each of these problems and deserves more attention than it has
received. This
extended opinion piece argues for the promise of perennial polyculture
farming as a positive
contribution to a wide variety of global problems and suggests actions that
should be taken to
explore that promise further. The format will be a series of questions and
answers about perennial
polyculture farming:
What is perennial polyculture farming?
What makes perennial polycultures different?
What is the primary promise of perennial polyculture farming?
What are possible secondary benefits?
Is perennial polyculture farming truly feasible?
Where should we go from here?
What Is Perennial Polyculture Farming?
Much of agriculture today centers on annual plantings and harvestings of a
single species over
an extended area. Think of the wheat fields of Kansas with a single variety
of wheat filling acre
upon acre of the landscape. Perennials, as opposed to annuals, produce
flowers and seeds more
than once in their lifetime. In practical terms, perennials do not have to
be planted annually.
Perennial is a term usually applied to herbaceous plants or small shrubs
rather than large
shrubs or trees, but, in the strict sense used here, it applies to all
plants that flower and produce
1 See Bjorn Lomborg, ed., Global Crises, Global Solutions, Cambridge
University Press, Cambridge, 2004, for
one listing of global problems.

Nicholas Roberts
[im] skype:niccolor

More information about the permaculture mailing list