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Permaculture is a form of whole systems design based on the sustainability of natural systems, seeking to reproduce that sustainability in our living environment. Permaculture designs differ based on climatic factors, bioregion, organizational goals, personal preferences and other factors. It can hence be said that permaculture is, at its core, a set of thinking tools, in particular towards awareness of context, threats and opportunities.

Though it was developed out of sustainable agriculture, permaculture design is hypothetically applicable to any field of human endeavor. The very term "permaculture" itself was first used to mean "permanent agriculture," it is now applicable to all realms of design and is now considered to mean "permanent culture".

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Arcata Educational Farm
Local food (also regional food or food patriotism) or the local food movement is a "collaborative effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies - one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of a particular place" and is considered to be a part of the broader sustainability movement. It is part of the concept of local purchasing and local economies, a preference to buy locally produced goods and services. Those who prefer to eat locally grown/produced food sometimes call themselves "localvores" or locavores.

Local food systems are an alternative to the global corporate models where producers and consumers are separated through a chain of processors/manufacturers, shippers and retailers. With an increasing scale of industrial food systems the control of quality is increasingly decided by the middlemen while a local food system redevelops these relationships and encourage a return of quality control to the consumer and the producer respectively. These quality characteristics are not only in the product but in the method of producing.

A locavore is someone who eats food grown or produced locally or within a certain radius such as 50, 100, 150 or 250 miles. The locavore movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to produce their own food, with the argument that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locally grown food is an environmentally friendly means of obtaining food, since supermarkets that import their food use more fossil fuels and non-renewable resources.

Hydroponic Vertical Garden at Sembradores Urbanos

Hydroponic Vertical Garden at Sembradores Urbanos. a non profit in Mexico City dedicated to transforming urban areas into green, productive, and sustainable spaces.

Suzuki in 2009
We don't know what details of a truly sustainable future are going to be like, but we need options, we need people experimenting in all kinds of ways and permaculturists are one of the critical gangs that are doing that.

David Suzuki W
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Projects, courses and organization articles: Agroinnovations Bolivia · CCAT remediation zone · CCAT's Vermicomposting Bin · Chicken Tractor (Optimized Construction and Design) · Community Currencies Workshop · Corn Cob Charcoal Crusher · Global Food Swadeshi Project · Kiva's straw bale greenhouse · Liberation Ecology Project · Micro filter dams at Pedregal · Hydroponic Vertical Garden at Sembradores Urbanos · OSU Permaculture Group · The panya project · Transition Towns · Permaculture courses and course materials · Potawot swales · Small greenhouse rainwater catchment · Terraces and ditches at Petegral · Wild Chick Farm · Willow and blueberry guild

Other articles: Appropriate technology villages · Beginners permaculture garden · Biointensive Farming · Chemical fertiliser production · Chickens · Community Currencies · David Holmgren · Easy-to-grow plants · Ecovillage Training Center · Edible perennials and self-seeding annuals · Emergency permaculture · Humus · MESS (Micro Environment Subsistence System) · Monte Cerro Solar Power Village · Old Growth Cellar rainwater catchment · Permaculture Demonstration Center in San Andres Huayapam · Permaculture garden in Cook County · Permaculture in Denver Colorado · Sepp Holzer Permaculture · Soil · The Unplugged · World Help Training Center ·

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