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History of Permaculture

During the energy crises in the 1970’s, two Australians very connected to the land and it’s inhabitants, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, became aware of the limits to the Earth’s non-renewable resources and developed an alternative and sustainable design method.

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Bill Mollison, co founder of the permaculture philosophy.

The agricultural system at the time cut down forests to clear land to grow food while at the same time using pesticides and insecticides that polluted the land and the food.

Initially permaculture stood for ‘permanent agriculture’ and represented the redesign of the current agricultural system to a more sustainable one.

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The flawed agricultural system cuts down trees to clear land.

In time permaculture evolved to stand for ‘permanent culture’ and eventually became the redesign of our whole society based on ecological principles.

Permaculture has evolved into a grassroots movement across the world and is applied in sustainable building practices, alternative/local currencies, eco-villages, and alternative energies, just to name of few areas of practice.

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