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It seems this list can bring wisdom and insight to pretty much everything we do. Apart from the more specific ones (like ‘keep water high on the land’, but maybe just try to metaphor these as taoist haikus to trigger bewildering insights.) Relative Location Components placed in a system are viewed relatively, not in isolation. Functional Relationship between components. Everything is connected to everything else. Recognise functional relationships between elements. Every function is supported by…

Graphs like this make me very happy because they hint that thing might all work out OK. via Peak Phosphorus: the sequel to Peak Oil. I’m sure you know that phosphorous is one of the critical components to the most abundantly used fertilisers. I’m sure you’ll also know that it’s what causing algal blooms, feeding plants which choke and exhaust water supplies, contaminating your drinking water, killing livestock, and generally eroding quality and adding cost…

The Champs-Elysees, has been covered in earth and turned into a huge green space in an event staged by young French farmers. Plants, trees and flowers were brought in by lorry overnight to transform the avenue into a long green strip. More than a million people are expected to visit over the next two days. The event has been organised by the French Young Farmers to showcase farm production from sheep breeding to crop growing. The…

1 acre of land = £43,000 income per year for about 30 days work.. Every time they harvested anything from their modest 1600 square foot (150 square metre) garden, they recorded it and compiled these figures into a spreadsheet and came up with an amazing 834 lb (380kg) of total harvest. From this they computed three sets of prices, comparing what the produce would have cost if bought: A regular grocery store would have charged…

It seems Kim Stanley Robinson and I are in accord. The more we can live in keeping with our evolutionary history, the happier we are likely to be. Simple pleasures which put us in “the zone”, mind and body working in harmony, within our comfort zone, but occasionally brushing up against the edges to keep us keen. I’ve picked out a few choice parts, but the whole article makes great reading (as you can tell,…