The True Health Journal March/April 2017 - Page 9

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are some of the main key principles for establishing a self-sustaining, self-regenerating perpetual food production system. Building such a thriving food forest yields healthier plants and more highly nourished people and animals, and allows other resident and visiting life forms to contribute toward a continually balanced, productive ecosystem.

Also called polyculture as opposed to monoculture, permaculture goes beyond organic farming because it improves surrounding ecologies more thoroughly and extensively as it mimics a wild environment. Permaculture not only eliminates synthetic, toxic chemicals in its food production techniques, practicing permaculture methods reestablishes the intricate web of life and the natural cycles required for supporting all life on Earth, in self-regenerating cycles, for an indefinite amount of time.

Revisiting Ancient Technologies

Unlike monoculture farming, the self-regenerating, permaculture environment is based on an ancient technology designed for maintaining abundant food sustenance. When the elements that mimic a wild environment are established, food forests created through permaculture are capable of lasting hundreds of years. One of the oldest food forests on record is over 2,000 years old, and it has thrived under harsh desert conditions; it is a true oasis (Lawton, 2011).

Methods of permaculture include observing how nature creates self-regenerating, life perpetuating environments, and mimicking those factors to actually create controlled, highly productive food forests. Permaculture continues to demonstrate that it is the only way to ensure enough food for all human beings while reversing much environmental damage we humans have allowed and caused. Permaculture is a system that results in higher food nutrient density and yield in food production, while producing stunning effects in environmental restoration.

Restoring hillsides and converting an otherwise eroding terrain into an area of

abundant production, for instance, is an ancient technique known as terracing. Vegetation is planted on terraces and walls to prevent soil erosion. Once they form deep root systems, they help prevent torrential flooding on steep hillsides by slowing the flow of water, allowing it to permeate and spread gradually downhill at a much slower rate. Thus, terracing prevents flooding and loss of valuable topsoil. Without topsoil retention, flooding and mudslides erode the landscape, followed by desert-like conditions. Read more...

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