"Scientists spent a decade intensively monitoring the impacts of a large government-funded experiment at Hillesden, a 1,000-hectare commercial arable farm in Buckinghamshire. (...) Numbers of some butterfly species including the gatekeeper and green-veined white doubled, and birds that usually feed on insects benefited from the shelter provided by hedges and grass margins, including the great tit, up 88%, and blue tit, up 73%. They also found that overall yields at Hillesden were maintained – and enhanced for some crops – despite the loss of agricultural land for habitat creation."

The science is in: permaculture works, it can feed us all and it helps the planet too.


How about we begin supporting REAL permaculture farmers who know what they're doing instead of funding the asshats sitting in their air-conditioned, diesel-powered tractors mindlessly destroying topsoil with their ploughs and chemical sprays?


@antanicus I just recently watched this documentary on the issue: arte.tv/en/videos/099776-000-A

The problem with industrialized framing is that they can replenish the chemicals, but they can't replenish the little critters that keep the soil healthy & able to store water. Also, smaller fields with trees around them are more resilient do to lower wind speeds & the cooling provided by the trees.

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