[permaculture] Eliot Coleman's seed starting mixture

Paul Cross charybda at newmex.com
Fri Apr 8 14:18:12 EDT 2011

I've often wondered why people seem to think coir is ecological. It is 
produced as a byproduct of industrial agriculture that destroys 
rainforests and plants monocrops of palms. As permaculturalists we have 
to recognize that any outside input impacts the site from which it was 
taken. Maybe in our accounting that is acceptable, or maybe it is not. 
We can think we're doing good by washing our dishes in coconut oil soap 
instead of petrochemical detergents, growing seedlings in coir instead 
of peat, but the orangutans who lost their habitat to palm plantations 
don't see it that way. We're always causing impacts.

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