12 Dec '11, 7pm

Permaculture Doesn't Work, Says Plant Biologist

EcoFilms Australia /Video screen capture From a 2000-year-old food forest in the desert to a 20-year-old forest garden in the mountains , permaculture enthusiasts often hold up forest gardens as an example of truly sustainable agriculture. But Ken Thompson, a plant biologist and author, is not convinced. Over at the Telegraph newspaper, he lays into the whole concept of permaculture as naive and ineffective : The trouble is that the average modern gardener has little use for basketry materials, fodder, game or sap products. Nor are some of the other, more useful products exactly abundant. The only nut mentioned is chestnut, which is a non-starter where I live. Hazel isn’t mentioned, but it wouldn’t matter if it were, since where I live hazelnuts are just another way of feeding the squirrels. The only edible leaves mentioned are campanula and lime (Tilia). In blind tests, b...

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