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Forum Post: Solving All the World's Problems - in a Garden

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 5, 2013, 1:47 p.m. EST by greenanarchosyndicalist (85)
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In a few short months, permaculture goodness transformed a lifeless, salted desert schoolyard into a profusion of plants - which in turn created a school within a school. The children are learning how to take control back over their own futures, their health, and how to restore their abused environment and exhausted landscape. They are bringing this knowledge home to their parents.

The Jordanian Department of Education is noticing too! This garden won a national competition for environmental projects for schools - which means the whole, water stressed country is looking at the solutions found in this garden.




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[-] 5 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

''Don't Panic - The Truth About Population'' by Dr. Hans Rosling :

In this energetic lecture for The BBC - Swedish medical doctor and statistician, Hans Rosling busts some commonly believed myths about a future Earth 'crippled by an out-of-control population'. Using examples from around the world, Rosling explains why population growth patterns are almost always universally beneficial to humanity & lays bare some common prejudices about our global proliferation.

While the professor does admit to possibly painting a rosy picture, he calls himself a ''possibilist'' rather than an optimist, his belief in the real potential for a fully developed world, suggests that we can all have reasons to be hopeful and I really can not recommend this very eye opening hour long lecture enough to any and all readers, who whether they agree with the thesis or not, will not be disappointed by watching.

I make this comment here because - yes we can 'solve the world's problems' together if we can expose and overturn the hollow, soulless, Corporate obsessions with the quickest, fattest profits ... at any cost.

There is more than enough for the sustainable needs of 10 billion people But Not the unbridled greed of even just 1 Million people. The 99% demand, justice and fairness for all and OWS is a symptom of this.

timendi causa est nescire ...

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23620) 8 years ago

I recently visited a permaculture farm with a friend. It was so inspiring because, really, anyone can do it and it is very local, pro-earth and pro-people in focus.

[-] 0 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

i am currently installing an edible landscape using permaculture principals. yes anyone can do it. as a matter of fact once it's set up it does itself.

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23620) 8 years ago

Excellent. The connection of humans to the natural world is a critical way for us to improve our quality of life. Permaculture provides for human needs through access to the earth's resources without extracting them from the earth permanently. Instead it creates ways to sustain or replenish the plenty that the earth has to offer us.

[-] 2 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

connection of humans to humans to!!

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23620) 8 years ago

Absolutely. End the alienation brought about by capitalism!

[-] 2 points by Shule (2638) 8 years ago

I've been eating off my garden for many moons, and been trading veggies for fish and deer meat.

I have not been in any McDonalds or any other corporate fast fast joint in the past twenty years.

Gardening works right here in the U.S.A. too.

[-] -2 points by revolutionman (-106) from Kentland, IN 8 years ago

Gardens in the city?

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 8 years ago

My Mama used to grow garlic on top of her refrigerator.

But seriously, if all one is living on is a slab of cement up in the sky, sustainable gardening would indeed be a bit difficult. Gardening is something for people out in the country, and suburban folk who have a quarter acre or so of dirt they can call their own. For them gardening can be sort of a political weapon by which one can get a modicum of independence from the corporcracy. As for city folk, the thought is there too; to get away from the Walmarts, and big corporate grocery marts out there who are trying to take control of our food supply. Maybe make friends with folks who got land, and make a co-op garden, or buy one's veggies and other food from vendors in town who get their supplies from the local country area. That would be cool too.

[-] -3 points by revolutionman (-106) from Kentland, IN 8 years ago

I like that co-op idea!

[-] -2 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

It sure does! All part of creating a self sustaining, self managing community.

[-] 0 points by Builder (4202) 8 years ago

In rather typical elitist fashion, we've been hoodwinked into believing that permaculture and organic farming is somehow cultist, or hippie, or new age, when the reality is, this was how everyone grew their food, before corporations decided to turn our food into a commodity, and our health into an industry.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Absolutely 100% true !!! What does it say to us that such a clearly uncontroversial statement of fact gets you stinkled by Corporate controlled status quo, lovers 'B' ?!! Strewth cobber, lol ! In solidarity :

fiat lux ...

[-] 0 points by prospector22 (185) from Brooklyn, NY 8 years ago

Thanks for this very inspiring thread/link.

[-] 0 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

sometime the most complicated problems have the simplest solutions. i am glad you like this thread i think we need more along this line of real world solutions and less along the line of political solutions.

[-] 0 points by prospector22 (185) from Brooklyn, NY 8 years ago

Your thread inspired me to learn more and what the differences were between organic and "permaculture."

According to Wikipedia all of the tenets of permaculture.. to me ...seem to fit organic as well, whether unstated or not. They are "Care of the Earth"..."Care of The People...and a Return of surplus."

Maybe the difference is "Permaculture" seems to be more about being on a constant search for finding the perfect growing conditions with minimal need for outside resources especially ones that are not readily available or harmful in an area that is considered a hostile environment for growing plants. Can you add to that or discount some of it...maybe all of it..lol?

On another note; I read something a while back about the importance of educating young women and the beneficial effects it has on societies, much more so than in educating young men. I would suspect that is so because of the nurturing effect that women have on the next generation.

In an area of the World where despair is more the norm, this endeavor is providing hope and that's really cool.

[-] 0 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

permaculture ethics has a lot to do with it. i am very happy you have found some inspiration there is a lot to learn.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 years ago




[-] -3 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

has nothing to do with greening the desert. nice canard with the "that's what happens when folks don't vote" bs. not buying thank you come again.

[-] 1 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 years ago

Yeah, well I don't live anywhere near Jordan.

How about you?

Hamtown's right next door and under an EM, chosen by teabagge(R)s.

This is the result.

This is the "community" reality.

You didn't comment on that.

Thanks for playing, but no thanks.


[-] -2 points by greenanarchosyndicalist (85) 8 years ago

you are trying to hijack my thread with your vehement political rhetoric no thanks. this is not about em's in michigan this is about changing the world. sorry. much bigger than politics.

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 years ago

Let me know when you're going to move to Jordan.

Like I said, Hamtown is right next door.

[-] -2 points by HCHC4 (-28) 8 years ago

Why vote in Detroit, home of US manufacturing, when this is the result you get?

Check out the Michigan votes:


Shit ton of Dems telling you to screw off, your jobs are out of here. In freakin Michigan no less.

How many of those clowns got reelected?

[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 years ago

1993, huh?

Where you even of age yet?

This is yet another thing I've already explained to you.

In detail.

For you to bring this up again without those details is a lie from you, once again.


As is also usual for you, your response has exactly NOTHING to do with the information given.

Hows things in your community?

[-] -1 points by AlwaysIntoSomething (42) 8 years ago

Establishment doesnt want a self supporting populace that doesn't need them..