Fracking, Good Design, and Monsanto’s Dilemma

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Bernie vs. Hillary on the harms of fracking, and Stanford researchers show its impact on drinking water. What to do? Tom Kendall, one of my students who recently returned from teaching a PDC in Jordan, shows that biogas at the surface removes the need for fracking, and is a de-centralized energy source in this 4-part video series.

Farm tools for women, by women: At the heart of good design is empathy and deep understanding, and these innovative tools by Green Heron embody this. Even the company name of the company is thoughtful, named after the peculiar bird that creatively uses tools.

Winds of change: Monsanto is taking a pounding with a 25% decline, and organic is rising by 12%. Perhaps that’s what is driving its “quest for the perfect veggie,” (by going organic?). Interesting to see how profit impact may push things.

Worth a read: Natural Leadership: Embracing the Logic of Life. Not light reading by any stretch, but definitely an eye-opener. Permaculture design fits business design.

A great step-by-step guide on making a living from a 1.5 acre market garden. With permaculture design skills, you don’t need a large farm to make a good living. Bonus: one more element of a fulfilled, meaningful life.

That’s it for Friday Five – short and sweet as promised.

Which of these did you like the most? What would you like more of? Leave a comment below, and I’ll keep it mind for next week’s Friday Five.

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Cheers, and have a great weekend

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Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world renowned Permaculture consultant, designer and teacher. He first took his Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course in 1983 with Bill Mollison the founder of Permaculture. Geoff has undertaken thousands of jobs teaching, consulting, designing, administering and implementing, in 6 continents and close to 50 countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non-government organisations and multinational companies under the not-for-profit organisation. In 1996 Geoff was accredited with the Permaculture Community Services Award by the Permaculture movement for services in Australia and around the world. Geoff's official website is Geoff's Facebook profile can be found here.

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