Today, I want to talk about a topic few people know about but which is gaining a growing importance and influence around the world. I had the chance to participate in an ecological festival where I saw a film called « Inhabit, a permaculture persepective » that deeply inspired me, and I therefore want to share with you (in a nutshell, as usual) what I learned from it. I put some resources in case you want to explore more deeply this passionating topic.
Permaculture – a new conception of agriculture
The main idea of this movement born in the USA in the 1970’s is to rethink the role of the human in the agriculture. Agriculture is often seen as the exploitation of soil by the dominating power, the human. This led to many health and ecological disasters.
In the permaculture method, human is only a part of the ecosystem and its role is to use its knowledge and intelligence to design the process and organize the environment so that earth becomes more productive without the help of chemicals.
The permaculture movement enlightens the fact that humans can not only reduce their impact on the environment but they can also do good for it.
Through the film, we discover many initiatives implemented in the countryside as well as in the cities and suburbs.
Association of plant, recycling of rain water, use of animals, recycling of human waste are all methods used by permaculture that not only allow better production in quantity and quality but also stem problems that human society faces nowaday.
In the film, we discover how a man manages to grow 46 species of fruit and 100 other plants in a 1/10 acres space that was totally abandoned in the middle of an American suburb.
Other groups of permaculturers use rain water, that causes disaster in their city, by deviating it and let it nourrish rain gardens, or capture it to cultivate green rooftops.
Michal Phillips enlightens the role of bacteria in making trees stronger. Instead of spraying pesticides on them, he sprays a mix of good bacteria that allows them to fight against insects.
Susana Lay Lein combined beans and pumpkin, plants that fit together to make their field productive, and uses turkey and chicken to eat insect, instead of using chemicals.
Many other examples that illustrate our moto « there are more solution than problems » are shown in this film, and it does us real good !
You can find many explanations and concrete applications to put in practice wherever you live on the internet.
Here is an official website in french :https://permacultureprinciples.com/fr/
And some concrete pieces of advice :http://www.permaculturedesign.fr/le-jardin-en-permaculture/
Here you can find courses to get concrete advice to help you putting those pieces of advice in practice : https://www.permaculture.org.uk/about/learn
Here you can see the trailer of the movie and watch it only against fee : https://vimeo.com/ondemand/inhabit/126800869