A few years ago I would have laughed off permaculture as a hipster fad, but it’s actually an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living. Another way of putting it is that it’s self reliance through decentralised food production.
Basically, it’s growing your own food, but in a way that benefits everything.
Permaculture certainly falls into the territory of “swallowing the white pill”, a metaphor I often reference, which can be described as the following.
What are you doing about it?
If nothing, then you’re a loser. If something, then you’re a winner. And in the context of food shortages, removing one’s dependence on centralised supply chains, mega-farms, and Big Food in general, is definitely a winning strategy.
Permaculture has 12 guiding principles which seem to make sense to me. They’re not rules that, if broken, will result in the destruction of Nord Stream; they’re just markers for efficiency.
- Observe and interact.
- Design from patterns to details.
- Catch and store energy.
- Integrate rather than segregate.
- Obtain a yield.
- Use small and slow solutions.
- Apply self-regulation and accept feedback.
- Use and value diversity.
- Use and value renewable resources and services.
- Use edges and value the marginal.
- Produce no waste.
- Creatively use and respond to change.
Jim Gale heads up Food Forest Abundance, which is a company centred around helping people set up permaculture ecosystems in and around their homes.
Decentralisation means defeating globalist tyranny.