What is Permacutlure? Revisited

On this blog I’ve presented a simple definition of permaculture and tried to unpack what constitutes¬† “real” permaculture and even questioned the very sustainability of permaculture. In my recent research survey of individuals practicing alternative agriculture in Western Canada (find posts analyzing the results here and here) I asked: ‘How do you personally define “permaculture”?’…

Health: Who to trust?

There is so much information in the world, and it is so widely accessible with this powerful thing many of use keep in our pockets at all times: the Internet. There is so much information from so many sources, and each source with it’s own unique bias. Bias from the individuals sharing the information and…

Irresponsible Hyperbole in the “Myth of Overpopulation”

There is an ongoing discussion in permaculture circles about the “Myth of Overpopulation.” See this article posted on permaculturenews.org or listen to the latest Sustainable World Radio podcast with Botanical Explorer Joseph Simcox (By the way,¬† Simcox is SUPER awesome and I respect him immensely, even if we may disagree on some subjects.) These media…

Defining “Real” Permaculture

I recently read the article, “If That’s Not Permaculture, What is?” on Permaculturenew.org. While Permaculturenews.org articles often covers more technical topics, like nitrogen fixing trees for differing climates, how to build varieties of greenhouses, and all of the benefits of bamboo, this piece takes a more philosophical approach. The author questions what it means to…

A Need for Research

Permaculture needs rigorous academic research. Most permaculture practitioners or “permies” are endlessly enthusiastic about how permaculture can save the world, provide food security, improve human health, create communities, and restore the environment. I have a lot of hope that permaculture can do all of those things. As person with background in environmental sciences and a…