"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.

theguardian.com/environment/20

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?

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@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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