Why Permaculture?

At a family lunch, some were heard to say, “We have no idea what Permaculture is, but we know it’s a load of rubbish.” Someone interjected, “It’s just another new-fangled idea.” Yet another queried, “So you want the world to starve, do you?” Permaculture is the very opposite of new-fangled.…

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Introduction to Permaculture

For tens of thousands of years, human beings knew how to feed themselves: Preservation of topsoil Crop rotation Natural fertilisers Locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables Fresh, free range meat, eggs and milk Freshly cooked, nutritious meals. The food they produced was rich in essential micro-nutrients. Today, with our sedentary lifestyles,…

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Omegas in a Nutshell

I get confused about the Omegas, so I am sure my readers do. The main reason for this confusion is that the names keep changing and the advice is often false. So, let’s clarify the issue. We’ll start with a quiz: The omegas are all ‘essential’. They are all polyunsaturated…

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Lifestyle

My very first post in March 2009 expressed concern that: Our health is failing, despite spending ever more, per capita, on health care We are overweight There is an epidemic of diabetes Ischaemic heart disease prevalence has not changed in 30 years Allergic conditions are escalating The war on cancer…

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Death of a Giant

It is with the greatest sadness that HETN reports on the death of David Patient – AIDS activist, life coach, educator, bon viveur. David was an inspiration to many. He was certainly an inspiration to Geoff Douglas, who wrote an entire chapter about him in Life is a Fatal Illness. He served…

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The Death of Old Wisdom

Over tens of thousands of years, human beings developed sustainable ways to feed themselves. These included preservation of topsoil, crop rotation, natural fertilisers, locally grown and seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh, free range meat, eggs and milk, and freshly cooked nutritious meals. It was no different in the Africa of…

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