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The Importance of Permaculture Today

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Tragically, humans are destroying the planet. -Either in blissful or forced ignorance.

Some people are active engaging and trying to rectify it. These are what i like to call "permaculturists'.


Many households, as well as the industrial agriculture conglomerates supplying goods to these houses, have been employing harmful practices on a daily basis for over a century.


"Weeds" and "pests" are sprayed with lab created poisons derived from the likes of our chemical weapons used in wars. Sadly, it is misunderstood that the wild plants and small organisms targeted are actually needed help enrich soil, maintain moisture level; and encourage biodiversity. IE, the growing potential and capacity for sustaining life.


All life begins with water. Under the surface of the Earth are tons of tiny capillaries of fresh water much like the veins supplying our body with blood to survive. If the trajectory we are on is left unchanged, soon the whole world will run out of its lifeblood.


Humans are taking water from the ground quicker than the aquifers can replenish. The oceans and landfills are becoming full of non-biodegradable and toxin-releasing plastics.


As a species, we have learned to consume much more than we produce individually. In turn, seemingly endless natural resources are diminishing at an alarming rate.


The fragile natural balance, that has been developed by Earth over millions of years, never accounted for modern day humans. We expect water when we turn on our taps. Our showers. Our spigots. Even when we open the toilet for goodness sake. It is the most important resource to life. But somehow it has become vastly taken for granted. Fresh water is rapidly becoming the most endangered natural resource. Stream beds and wells are running dry!


Today, the average person is highly disconnected from the procedures of the world, both manmade and natural. This disconnect from our impact on the world is what has led us to these dire times.


Remember back to the beginning of grade school. We were taught the cyclic processes of water. Rain turns to pools, turns to evaporation, turns to clouds and of course, rain again. But what happens when more water is pumped out of the ground than is allowed to soak back into these underground wells? The land becomes parched and barren, and the rain dissipates before it ever collects again. There is nothing left to evaporate into clouds again.


The oceans also slowly feed the aquifers through the process of filtering through miles of bedrock. Because the underground stores of fresh water are being pumped dry, salt water in turn is being vacuumed into the wells as a result. Once the polar caps have finished melting, the oceans will quickly deplete thereafter if we continue to have this abusive relationship with water.

BUT YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.


It is vital now, more than it has ever been, to recreate a cohabitation with the natural water on our planet. There are always more natural and sustainable ways to accomplish just about anything. Most of which will help pollute and consume less.


The most effective and permanent way to help the planets aquifers is to re-establish more fresh water retention areas. This includes ponds, streams, wetlands, and reservoirs. The cultivation of native plant life around such bodies of water is the next step. The plant life keeps the water clean, and encourages the spawning of insects, followed by wildlife. Eventually the water table would be rebuilt to its proper levels.


This also means we ought to be limiting our fresh water usage and reusing that which isn't ready for sewage. Many places in the world already use "grey water" to nourish food producing plants and outdoor gardens.


In addition to permaculture saving the fresh water of the world, it is also the savior of our fresh food as well.

It is utterly important that we support biodiversity in gardens and farms. Traditional monoculture planting (all one type of plant) creates weak soil from a lack of diverse root networks, as well as depletion of the soil's balance of nutritional supplements. Creative grouping of species will actually become a sustainable ecosystem themselves, making much lighter work in order to maintain them. Traditional monoculture farming methods can have disastrous results.



Proof can be seen in what was known as "The Great Dust Bowl" in 1930's America. What happened was that farmers cleared all of the natural plants and trees to allow for cattle grazing and monoculture crop planting. What transpired was the inability of the soil to retain moisture due to exposure. Massive droughts and regional climate change ensued. Temperatures began to spike during cool weather months causing tornadoes for years!

Now, we are beginning to face this problem on a global scale. Farms are being decimated by extreme heat, disease, and pests.

Permaculture must be implemented in countless forms. The production of all goods as well as farming can be more perfectly in tune with nature. Agribusiness and the food industry must change to make themselves to be sustainable and less destructive. As one of the key figures in permaculture today , Sepp Holzer, states, "ecology and economy can coexist."


Creating permaculture is the cooperation with nature to benefit the Earth and its inhabitants. Simply put, that is why it is so important! In our heart of hearts we always know what is right. Nature is perfect as it is. We are simply its stewards, and as such, we have the opportunity to help preserve it if we are willing, understanding, and patient. Otherwise, we are simply begging for mercy from Mother Earth.



Click here to learn some simple ways you can begin establishing permaculture at home.


 





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