Permaculture principles

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  1. rowan

    rowan Junior Member

    Feb 14, 2008
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    Would it be worth rationalising permaculture principles? At the moment they are quotations from foundational gurus rather than a tested and agreed set of principles. Ie more religion than science. Here's a list from the two main proponents (

    Bill Mollison’s permaculture principles:
      • Work with nature rather than against it
      • The problem is the solution
      • Make the least change for the greatest effect
      • Relative location
      • Each element perform multiple functions
      • Each important function is supported by multiple elements
      • Efficient zone planning: zone, sector and slope
      • Use of biological resources
      • Cycling of energy, nutrients and resources
      • Value small-scape intensive systems
      • Accelerating succession and evolution
    David Holmgren’s permaculture principles:
      • Observe & interact
      • Catch & store energy
      • Obtain a yield
      • Apply self-regulation & accept feedback
      • Use and value renewable resources & services
      • Produce no waste
      • Design from patterns to details
      • Integrate rather than segregate
      • Use small & slow solutions
      • Use & value diversity
      • Use edges & value the marginal
      • Creatively use & respond to change
    Which of these are worth preserving or would it be better to start again? Which are truly core principals (ie about permanence, or sustainability). Are they clear? Specific? Generally true? Essential?

    I have some issues with some of these which is why I've raised this, but I'd be interested to know what you think.


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