Buzzwords and Permaculture

by morton_h, the blogger 

One of today's buzz-words - and there are many - is sustainability. It is a fish sailing in the aftermath of man-made global warming and climate change swimming behind the tail of Agenda 21.

What is most annoying and mental-polluting by this gunslinger manouvres with the word sustainability is, that it is hollow, it is a feel-good word, a you-must-feel-guilty word. Which is in fact the same, since the idea is, that one must feel guilty, then you have to jump on some specific vehicle, where you will no doubt approve 'something' ... and THEN it's just feel-good all over!

We never know what we approve, and neither do those who approve on our behalf. But our children and their children and everyones grandchildren - unfortunately - will find out, since they doomed to live with the consequeses of poorly adviced politicians making some large scale decisions and totally avoiding problems that could easily have been solved.

Certain groups of faked groups with faked concerns and programs flourish in the environment of faked information and politizised science.
What are we talking about? Take a look at this:
The Valhalla Movement
You need only look at the startup screen and the propaganda video thrown right in your face.

The image is loaded with apocalyptic-seductive image manipulation. The metropolis, the nuclear destruction, the ecological, World Tree, Yggdrasil Ask sustainably rising in all its Hollywood glamorous overwhelming clory saving you from Ragnarok, if you believe. You must believe!

Then the video. You will see a lot of beautiful, articulate young people addressing you without a single example, without anything they have actually created, without anything substantial and without signs of getting their hands dirty. I feel like asking: Who's your daddy? Which sectarian, ideological agenda sent them in town? They appear as the prototype of Agenda 21 facilitators, as they call it. They want to be the vanguard of consensus, another buzz-word that if you study Agenda 21 should be translated into collectivized, uncritical giving in to a prefabricated fill-out-the-blanks-and-sign-here agreement.

They remind me on the evangelists - that's what they call themselves - that do gospel worship for the Apple cult. Apart from the Apocalypse. But if you are with the iPad-Phone-Pod-Book-wave, you are well on the way to Paradise - Hallelujah!

In the case of the Valhalla Movement is a double ugly project. In addition to advocating for their semi-Scientology, semi-New Age cult, the feel-guilty-to-feel -good movement, they are the same time feeding on the rediscovery of Nordic-Germanic mythology that takes place at the moment. The disneyfying this ancient and deep understanding of the Kosmos, they are transforming pre-Judeo-Christian understanding of the Kosmos and actions in the Kosmos into a smart, shallow publicity stunt using culture-Marxist, political correctness. It smells of guilt, shame, fear and catharsis. Resuscitation of lost values is considered dangerous in certain circles.

Who could disagree? Should you disagree, you are almost irresponsible. You will be accused of anything. What about: Climate-racist! Yes, I just invented the word, not that it makes sense, but it was hard to beat, and it sounded like something you certainly do not want to be. Well no, actually I didn't invent it myself. Al Gore has actually called those who did not think like him: racists! And if you have studied culture marxist language, you do know why the concept of race has to be merged into their fallacies.

Sustainability is a hijacked words. The modern languages verbal pirates plied the ideological waters and has entered a vessel with a suitable emotional cargo. Now sailing skiff around like a Flying Dutchman in management waters under a false flag. Sustainability for whom and what? For the pirate ship, of course! It must be sustained or it will surely sink to the bottom of the ocean. Translate sustainable to profitable. Profitable for whom? For the verbal Pirates, of course. But hey - it was not what the word originally meant! It was about the balance of the dividend in relation to resources. It was about creating abundance instead of scarecity. Now it is about who benefits?

Of course there is such a thing as sustainability, and of course we have to talk about it. And we need more than talk about it. But instead of howling with the wolves on the polished ideologically-correct glass could choose to study the real deal.

Geoff Lawton, perma-cowboy preferring acting instead of waffling.

Let us listen to Geoff Lawton has to say, a man who all his life has worked with sustainability and calls it permaculture. The word climate change may well slip out of his mouth. But it is because he knows what he's talking about and walks the talk. Therefore, we here find is a completely different message, humble depth and credibility. He doesn't waffle about the sustainability, he IS sustainability, and he comes from a direct 1st generation lineage from Bill Mollison, founder / inventor of the whole permaculture concept.

Permaculture is taking into consideration agriculture, landscape, residential, water, energy and .. it all. His claim that he can substantiate in practice is, that with just 4% of the current area we could be self-sufficient, making our profits and be non-destructive to the environment. And then 'global-warming'-fools may just keep on using the word climate (although they have not understood this huge topic) if they could just understand the 4%. His claim is also, again supported because it can be done in virtually all climates (I do not know about strictly polar climate, but he has been running projects in Canada): that with such a flexible system in a well-established form human beings can work 10-12 hours per week and still be self sustained.

I have before made imprecations at how smallholder, cooperative movement, user associations and local savings banks disappeared. Where is the well functioning villages in counties, where mechanized chemical agriculture and farming has taken over? We know of course that they disappeared in the Big Machine that started over 100 years ago and escalated into the monster we have today. But the dinosaurs die one day, and what will be instead? Permaculture, no doubt. Otherwise permafrost.

We have always done it
Now we could do it even better. It has nothing to do with being collectors and lower hunters again. Man has always moved around with earth and soil and stone. Water and trees have always ben in the design since trees are energy transformers. We have always affected the landscapes

Look at the amazing terraces in Asia. It started in the valley. Then they constructed a stone edge some meters above, so the ground could level off. Crops would grew there. When I succeeded, they added a you a new ring ... and so on for hundreds of years until the whole mountain side was a field.

Look at the oasis culture. There was water. Then they made wells and canals. More palm trees grew creating shade and soil. Then they made mounds and embankments and cultivated figs and dates, wine and all sorts.

See the cultivation of the Jutland moors i Denmark. They broke through the tough 'al', the hard layer preventing roots from penetrating. New plantations of trees created shelter from sand and western wind.verything began to grow. Further south there was sand drift, but hardy potatoes loved it. Lammefjorden was too wet, but drainage created the best soil for carrots and fine potatoes. In the gardens of the islands to the south there was abundance of apples and other fruit. During the war was grown even tobacco (according my father it tasted like hell ...). On the flat island Amager, now part of larger Copenhagen Dutch gardeners introduced marsh use and dam-head technology and enlarged the island.

Look at the use of stone walls, ramparts, stone houses simultaneously getting rid of ground stone. The Swedes had a hard time here, because there was simelthen too many stones. But they had woodland and iron. All houses are made of wood, and the wood fired up the stoves to smelt the ore they pulled out of the bedrock. The old Irish landscape is diveded with these stone walls.

Look at the endless expanses of Romania, Hungary, Ukraine with grain in unimaginable quantities. Look at the river deltas in northern Italy, on the Danube. Or the Nile, which is a whole chapter. Unspeakable amounts of water arrived and everything grew already for at least 5000, maybe even 50,000 years ago (mainstream historians would of course deny that, just as mainstream archeology will deny the real age of the building cultures of Egypt).

Look at the 10.000's of small gardens around Moscow, which supply the entire city with farm goods. They got a revival of necessity with the collapse of the Soviet state and its difficult economy for several years.

Sometimes things went wrong, but it was usually violent incidents occouring in a manner that people did not have time to adapt. It happened to the great South American cultures at a time. They had a wealth of varieties of all crops. We know of 10 kinds of squash, they had 100, we know 5 kinds of tomatoes, they had 50. They created an extensive cultivation system, but suddenly there was a climate change (and no, it was not their fault and some corporate psychopats did not charge them with carbon taxes because of natural cyclical events ...), and the were not able to adapt.

The concept of permaculture is really quite simple. It consists in creating a system where you give back more than you take. There is no stupid waste. Like before culture was 'oiled'. Petrochemicals has in just 100 years created an enormous amount of waste and poor utilization. Perma and Petro are polar opposites. Perma is eternal, ever-changing dynamics, Petro is static petrification (Greek: petros = stone) and destructive using up ressources.

Elevator version. There is a small appetizer at Alchemy Radio:

Check out Geoff Lawton's commercial info site:

Superficially Lawton's intro movie also presents us with delicious pictures and something to sell, but behind it lies a world of substance, experience and practical knowledge. And yes, he has become a kind of guru of a movement, but he is totally 'down under' and down to earth while being a charismatic enthusiast. It would be interesting to take his 3-month online course and become certified in permaculture, so one should not protrude in complete blindness. There is sign-up this week in february, and it's running right now only once a year.

I came across him a year ago, when he went around in the Jordanian desert and created gardens out of sand. Jordan has one of the driest climates on Earth, and it is not without reason that it is close to the Dead Sea. There is hardly a drop of rain for long periods. But the water can still be found if you know how to bring it forward. He gave themselves the ultimate challenge in that climate and overcame it. So a Danish temperate climate should actually be very easy compared to that. Problem here: Danish agriculture is so 'advanced', that is chemizised and mechanized/industrialized.

One of the secrets of the desert - like all other places, just look inhabited countrysides from the village's heydays - is the fence. The fence and the waterways. When you have a good hedgerow, moisture is picked up, wind and desiccation broken. Villagers think most of fencing as the neighbor not staring at you or so they will know the boundary. Or decorative aesthetics. It is also beautiful, but it is additionally necessary for a living permaculture. There is nothing new under the sun, for it is 5000 year old knowledge only with selective inclusion of new technology. And selective in this context would probably require elimination of certain types of destructive technology that - hopefully - of our descendants will be regarded as hopeless side shoots and as: un-sustainable. GMO as the one of the worst examples.

Where there may be something about the climate-talk - apart from natural climate change, which stangely enougt is totally emitted in the false climate discussions - is the huge leaching and degradation of soil taking place in the chemical-mechanized farms. All good stuff washes right out into the ocean. The system is simply downright stupid. But because it is so big, so it is not transparent to the people, and moreover hightly addictive. Most clearly the addictiveness is seen in the perfidious system that GMOs deliberately imposes. One thing is that our own genes will be modified, and we slowly get sick and die. Another thing is the mischievous reality that farmers experience around the world, when they are lured into total reliance on having to buy again-and-again and never being able to reproduce their own crops, which has always been the essence of agriculture before we started to waffle on sustainability .

It is with sustainability as with sex. Those who talk a lot about it, are those who either get too little or provide too little (usually nothing). The extent of nonsense is directly proportional to lack of practice. We waffle on what we no longer have.

Geoff Lawton says without blinking, that the system is fully scalable. As in the small, as in the large. Therefore, a surplus system / community could be created in just five years anywhere in the world. But he knows as well, that there are huge forces in permanent game to prevent this. Perma-destruction. Otherwise, it would long ago have taken place.

There are those who simply do not want sustainability and will do everything to fight it. At the same time, those hypocrates have deployed armies of spinners to waffle on about it as if they in their generous and concern for society wished for it. They wish for you to pay while feeling guilty and die while feeling grateful.

The good thing about permaculture is, that we do not have to wait for the reform of the hypocrates, but can start in any scale, anywhere. Big Pharma and their hypocrite army will even try to forbid growing your own food, and they are already working on it. That's why this needs to explode in their faces, big time, right now.

in Danish:

Buzz-ord og permakultur

Et af tidens buzz-ord - og dem er der mange af - er bæredygtighed. Det er en fisk, der sejler lige i kølvandet på menneskeskabt global opvarmning og klimaforandringer, der igen svømmer i halen på Agenda 21.
Det, der er irriterende og mental-forurenende ved denne slyngen-om-sig med ordet bæredygtighed er, at det er hult, at det er et feel-good-ord, et du-skal-føle-dig-skyldig-ord. Det er i virkeligheden det samme, for meningen er, at man først skal føle sig skyldig, så skal man hoppe på en eller anden vogn, hvor man godkender 'noget', og SÅ er det bare feel-good derudaf.
Vi ved aldrig, hvad det er, vi godkender, og det gør de, der godkender, heller ikke. Men det vil vores og deres børn og børnebørn - desværre - finde ud af. Medmindre ...
Hvad snakker vi om? Se en gang på det her:
The Valhalla Movement
Du behøver blot at se på startbilledet og den propagandavideo, du får smidt lige i hovedet.
Billedet er ladet med apokalyptisk-forførerisk billedmanipulation. Storbyen, den nukleare ødelæggelse, det økologiske verdenstræ, Ask Yggdrasil der bæredygtigt løfter sig i al sin Hollywood-glamourøse vælde og frelser dig fra Ragnarok.
Så er der videoen. Du ser en masse smukke, velformulerede unge mennesker stå frem UDEN et eneste eksempel, uden noget, de reelt har skabt, uden noget substantielt og uden at de synes at have jord under neglene. Her er det, jeg spørger jeg mig selv: Who's your daddy? Hvilken sekterisk, ideologisk agenda har sendt dem i byen? De fremstår som prototypen på Agenda 21-facilitatorer, som det vist hedder. De vil gerne være avantgarde for konsensus, et andet buzz-ord, som hvis man studerer Agenda 21 skal oversættes til kollektiviseret, ukritisk overgiven sig til en præfabrikeret skriv-bare-under-her-enighed.
De minder i betænkelig grad om de evangelister - det kalder de sig - der holder gospelgudstjenester for Apple-kulten. Lige bortset fra Apokalypsen. Men hvis du er med på iPad-Phone-Pod-Book-bølgen, er du jo på vej til Paradis!
I tilfældet Valhalla Movement er det et dobbelt fælt projekt. Udover at advokere for deres semi-Scientology, semi-New Age, kultiske feel-guilty-to-feel -good-bevægelse, så parasitterer de samtidig på den genopdagelse af nordisk-germansk mytologi, der finder sted for tiden. De disneyficerer denne ældgamle og afgrundsdybe verdensforståelse, de gør den præ-judeo-kristne forståelse af Kosmos og ageren i Kosmos til et smart, overfladisk reklamestunt ved hjælp af kultur-marxistisk, politisk korrekthed. Skyld, skam, frygt og katharsis. Genoplivning af tabte værdier regnes for farligt i visse kredse.
Hvem kan være uenig? Skulle du være uenig, er du nærmest uansvarlig. Du vil blive beskyldt for alt muligt. Hvad med: klima-racist! Ja, jeg fandt bare lige på ordet, ikke at det betyder noget, men det lå godt i munden, og det lyder som noget, man i hvert fald ikke vil være. Nå nej, det var faktisk ikke noget, jeg fandt på. Al Gore har faktisk kaldt dem, der ikke mente ligesom ham, for racister! Og hvis man har studeret kulturmarxistisk sprogbrug, ved man godt, hvorfor begrebet race skal flettes ind i deres falske argumentationer.
Bæredygtighed er et kapret ord. De nysproglige verbal-pirater har besejlet det ideologiske farvand og har entret et fartøj med en tilpas emotionel last. Nu sejler skuden rundt som en dødssejler i management-farvandet under falsk flag. Bæredygtighed for hvem og hvad? For dødssejleren, selvfølgelig! Den skulle nødig synke. Oversæt bæredygtigt til profitabelt. Profitabelt for hvem? For verbal-piraterne, selvfølgelig. Men hov - det var jo ikke det, som ordet oprindelig betød! Det handlede om balance i udbytte i forhold til ressourcer. Det handlede at skabe overflod i stedet for mangel. Nu handler det om who benefits?
Selvfølgelig findes bæredygtighed, og selvfølgelig skal vi tale om det. Og vi skal mere end tale om det. Men i stedet at hyle med ulvene på den blankpolerede ideologisk-korrekte glasplade kunne man vælge at studere den ægte vare. 
Geoff Lawton, en perma-cowboy, der handler i stedet for at ævle

Lad os derfor kaste et blik på Geoff Lawton, der hele sit liv har arbejdet med permakultur. Ordet klimaforandring kan godt finde på at smutte ud af hans mund. Men det er fordi, han ved, hvad han snakker om og 'går sin egen snak'. Derfor er der en helt anden beskeden og ydmyg dybde og troværdighed. Han ævler ikke om miljø, han ER miljø, og han udgår fra en direkte '1st generation lineage' fra Bill Mollison, stifteren/opfinderen af hele permakultur-begrebet.
Permakultur er at sammentænke landbrug, landskab, beboelse, vand, energi og .. det hele. Man starter ét sted, og så går man i gang. Derefter bider det hele sig selv i halen. Hans påstand, som han kan underbygge i praksis, er, at vi med blot 4% af det nuværende dyrkningsareal kunne være selvforsynende, skabe overskud og være non-destruktive ved miljøet. Og så må 'global-warming'-fjolserne gerne have lov til at bruge ordet 'klima' (selvom de ikke har forstået dette kæmpe emne), hvis de kunne forstå de 4%. Hans påstand er endvidere, igen underbygget, fordi det bliver gjort i stort set alle klimaer (jeg ved ikke med strengt polarklima, men han har kørt projekter i Canada): at man med et sådan fleksibelt system i en veletableret form kan nøjes med at arbejde 10-12 timer om ugen.
Jeg har før harceleret over, hvor husmandsbevægelsen, andelsbevægelsen, brugsforeningerne og sparekasserne blev af. Hvor blev de velfungerende landsbyer af? Vi ved selvfølgelig, at de forsvandt i den store maskine, der startede for over 100 år siden og eskalerede til det monster, vi har i dag. Men dinosaurerne dør en dag, så hvad kommer der i stedet? Permakultur, uden tvivl. Ellers får vi permafrost.

Vi har altid gjort det
Det har intet at gøre med at blive samlere og lavere jægere igen. Mennesket har altid flyttet rundt på jord. Vand og træer har altid indgået i designet, for træer er energi-transformatorer. Vi har altid påvirket landskaberne.

Se på de fantastiske terrasser i østasien. Man startede i dalen. Så byggede man en stenkant nogle meter oppe, så jorden kunne udligne sig. Her dyrkede man videre. Da det lykkedes, lagde man en ny ring til ... og så videre.
Se på oasekulturen. Der var vand. Så lavede man brønde og kanaler. Så groede der palmer. De skabte skygge og holdt på jorden. Så lavede man volde og dæmninger. Så dyrkede man figner og dadler og vin og ...
Se på dyrkningen af den jyske hede. Plantagerne skabte læ. Man brød igennem den hårde al. Alt begyndte at gro. Længere mod syd var der sandflugt, men hårdføre kartofler elskede det. Lammefjorden var for våd, men dræning skabte den bedste jord for gulerødder og fine kartofler. I haverne i øerne mod syd var der overflod af æbler og anden frugt. Under krigen dyrkede man endog tobak (ifølge min far smagte den ad helvede til ...). Se på Amager, hvor hollandske gartnere lærte os marskbrug og dæmnings-dige-teknologi.
Se på udnyttelsen af stendiger, volde, kampestenshuse simultant med rensningen af jorden for sten. Svenskerne havde det svært, for der var simpelthen for mange sten. Men de havde skov og jern. Alle huse er lavet af træ, og træet fyrer op i ovnene for at smelte det malm, de hev op af i grundfjeldet. Det irske landskab er gennemstrøget af stendiger.
Se på de uendelige vidder i Rumænien, Ungarn, Ukraine med korn i ufattelige mængder. Se på floddeltaerne i Norditalien, ved Donau. Eller Nilen, der er et helt kapitel for sig. Ubeskrivelige vandmængder ankom og alt, ALT groede der allerede for minimum 5000, ja måske 50.000 år siden.
Se på de 10.000'er af små haver omkring Moskva, der forsyner hele byen med varer. De fik en genopblomstring af nødvendighed, da Sovjet brød sammen og dermed økonomien i en årrække.
Nogle gange gik det galt, men det skyldtes som regel voldsomme hændelser i et område og at folk ikke kunne nå at tilpasse sig. Det skete for de store sydamerikanske kulturer på et tidspunkt. De havde et væld af sorter for alle afgrøder. Vi kender 10 slags squash, de havde 100, vi kender 5 slags tomater, de havde 50. De skabte et omfattende dyrknings-system, men pludselig skete der en klimaforandring (og nej, det var ikke deres skyld ...), og de kunne ikke nå at omstille sig.
Konceptet permakultur er egentlig ret simpelt. Det består i at skabe et system, hvor man giver mere tilbage, end man tager. Der findes ikke spild og dumt affald. Sådan har det aldrig været, før kulturen blev 'olieret'. Petrokemi har i løbet af blot 100 år skabt et enormt omfang af spild og dårlig udnyttelse. Perma og Petro er diametrale modsætninger. Perma er evig, foranderlig dynamik, Petro er statisk forstening (græsk: petros = sten).

Elevatorversionen. Der er en lille appetitvækker på Alchemy Radio:
Der er Geoff Lawtons kommercielle infosite:

Overfladisk set er hans introfilm også lækre billeder og 'noget at sælge', men bag sig gemmer der sig en verden af substans, erfaring og praktisk viden. Og ja, han er blevet en slags guru for en hel bevægelse, men han er totalt 'down-under' og nede på jorden samtidig med, at han er en ildsjæl. Det kunne være interessant at tage hans 3-måneders online-kursus og blive certificeret i permakultur, så man ikke skal rage helt i blinde. Der er tilmelding i denne uge, og det kører lige nu kun en gang om året.
Jeg stødte på ham for et år siden, hvor han gik rundt i den jordanske ørken og lavede haver ud af sand. Jordan har et af jordens tørreste klimaer, og det er ikke uden grund, at landet ligger op af det Døde Hav. Der falder dårlig en dråbe regn. Men vandet findes, hvis man ved, hvordan man skal bringe det frem. Han gav altså sig selv den ultimative udfordring og overkom den. Så et dansk tempereret klima burde egentlig være meget overkommeligt.
En af hemmelighederne i ørkenen - som i øvrigt alle andre steder, se blot det danske landskab fra landsbyernes storhedstid - er hegnet. Hegnet og vandløbene. Når man har et godt levende hegn, opfanges fugtighed, vinden og udtørringen bremses. Byboere tænker mest på hegn som at naboen ikke kan glo på én eller så man kan se, hvor grænsen går. Eller dekorativt æstetisk. Det er det også, men det er derudover livsnødvendigt for en permakultur. Der er ikke noget nyt under solen, for det er 5000 år gammel viden blot med selektiv inkludering af ny teknologi. Og selektiv i den sammenhæng vil nok kræve frasortering af visse former for destruktiv teknologi, der - forhåbentlig - af vore efterkommere vil blive betragtet som håbløse sideskud.

Der, hvor der kan være noget om klima-snakken, er den enorme udvaskning og nedbrydning af jordbunden, der finder sted i det kemiske-mekaniserede landbrug. Det skyller lige ud i havet. Systemet er simpelthen regulært dumt. Men fordi det er så stort, så er det ikke gennemskueligt for folk, og så er det samtidigt afhængighedsskabende. Helt tydeligt bliver det selvfølgelig i det perfide system, som GMO udgør. En ting er, at vore egne gener bliver modificerede, og at vi langsomt dør af det. En anden ting er den ondsindede tanke, som bønder oplever verden over, altså denne totale afhængighed af at skulle købe igen-og-igen (GMO-korn afgiver død sæd, der ikke kan vokse videre) og aldrig kunne reproducere egen afgrøde, hvilket altid har været essensen af landbrug, før man startede med at ævle om bæredygtighed.
Det er med bæredygtighed som med sex. Dem, der snakker meget om det, er dem, der enten får for lidt eller yder for lidt (som regel intet). Omfanget af ævl er direkte proportionelt med mangel på praksis. Vi ævler om det, vi ikke længere har.
Geoff Lawton siger uden at blinke, at systemet er skalerbart. Som i det små, så i det store. Derfor ville et overskuds-system / -samfund kunne skabes på blot 5 år hvor som helst i verden. Han ved så udmærket godt, at der er kæmpestore kræfter i permanent spil for at forhindre det. Perma-destruktion. Ellers ville dette for længst have fundet sted på grund af dets indlysende bæredygtighed.

Der er nogen, der simpelthen ikke ønsker bæredygtighed og vil gøre alt for at bekæmpe det. Samtidig har de udkommanderet hære af spinnere til at ævle løs om det, som om de ønsker det.


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