Archive for April, 2011

Southern California Permaculture Convergence

I’m really looking forward to being part of this years Southern California Permaculture Convergence going on tonight, tomorrow and sunday at Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu.

A bit about it:

The Los Angeles Permaculture Guild is excited to be hosting this year’s convergence at Camp Hess Kramer, located in the Santa Monica Mountains along the ocean near the LA/Ventura border. This year’s convergence is centered around the theme of Reconnect, Reskill, Regenerate.

During the convergence, we will recreate a village of people who believe in transforming our Mother Earth. This village will be made up of people both young and old, from all different backgrounds. Each one of us will bring our unique gifts to share with the other people in our village.

There will be hands-on workshops, lectures, group sessions, nature walks & beach treks, kids corner and delicious meals.

Mission:
Our Mission for the 2011 So Cal Permaculture Convergence is to reconnect our local network by sharing resources and to define the structure, function, and organization of the group as we move forward into the future.  We intend to create a village-like atmosphere that is a well-balanced experience of interactive presentation, roundtable discussion, and skill sharing mixed with healthy local food, music, and ample social time.

This is our ancient past, this is the future, this is NOW!!

Connect with the permaculture movement people!


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OMFG GMO’S !!!!

I remember driving down Kama’ili Rd. through Opihikao on the Big Island last year at this time viewing the dead soldier remnants of a papaya farm. Apparently, the beautiful jungles of Hawaii are no exception to the greed that has raped and pillaged most of the soil of this precious earth. Money hungry, genetically modified lovin’, so called “farmers” will buy a chunk of land, plant a bunch of gmo papaya seeds, destroy the earth and fruit with chemicals, reap the fruit which only takes a year or two to fruit but only produces for a few seasons, then leave the scorched earth to sit and be agriculturally unusable for, well, forever. Not a very permaculture friendly process now is it? If that isn’t enough, I later found out that even the “organic” papaya’s grown by earth lovin’ permaculturists on the island, is poisoned by the cross pollination of these gmo crops. Great… so one of my favorite fruits is losing it’s nutritional value because of these bulldozing dirt bullies.

 

Genetic engineering is a threat to food security, especially in a changing climate. The introduction of genetically manipulated organisms by choice or by accident grossly undermines sustainable agriculture and in so doing, severely limits the choice of food we can eat.

Once GE plants are released into the environment, they are out of control. If anything goes wrong – they are impossible to recall.

GE contamination threatens biodiversity respected as the global heritage of humankind, and one of our world’s fundamental keys to survival.

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