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What is Permaculture

Permaculture is an interdisciplinary applied science of design for sustainable living. It encompasses all aspects of our life, habitat, energy, food production, resilience, human cooperation and symbiosis among all living things on earth. It combines ancient with modern scientific knowledge and technology in order to manifest its ethical basis: care of the earth, care of people, setting limits to consumption and fair share of the surplus.

It was developed in Australia in the 70′s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and the word Permaculture, coined by Mollison, comes from the words “Permanent Agriculture” and “Permanent Culture” because “… without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.”

Sustainable cultivation (Permaculture) is not limited to plant and livestock farming but also includes:

  • organization and development of the local community,
  • the use of appropriate technologies combined with sustainable lifestyle changes,
  • adopting ideas and philosophies that are equally concerned about man and earth, such as the movement of localism.

"Throughout history, man had to struggle with nature to survive. In this century, he has begun to realize that in order to survive he must protect her"

Jean-Yves Cousteau

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