In the mid-1970s Australians Bill Mollison, a professor at the innovative School of Environmental Design in Hobart / Tasmania, and David Holmgren, a young student at the same university, developed a series of ideas for the creation of agricultural systems, with which they wanted secure long-term food supply in a better way than with the prevailing industrial methods of conventional agriculture.
They had observed that industrial agriculture, due to its preference for monocultures, the implementation of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, was polluting soils and water, reducing biodiversity, and causing the erosion of millions of tons of fertile soils year after year. Today these observations are being confirmed and increasingly criticized around the world.
Mollison and Holmgren coined the term Permaculture (Permaculture), a fusion of the English terms permanent agriculture (permanent agriculture)
In this brief synthesis, they guide how we can prepare to face the collapse of capitalism or any crisis that humanity may face.
Permaculture in times of crisis
1. Learn to plant, not only a garden, but also basic crops (corn, yucca, etc.) and trees (fruit trees, native, woody);
2. Create a bond with some land, be it yours or a relative's, a project, a community garden, and so on. Get involved with the people who live there, go little by little looking for ways to spend more time in the countryside than in the city, learning how to plant, build, treat organic waste and heal in nature;
3. Develop practical skills (cooking, carpentry, machine repair, food processing, sewing, etc.).
Teach these skills to children and friends, neighbors, neighbors;
4. Find a mutual support group, where people take care of each other, make basic necessities collectively, such as natural hygiene products, natural remedies such as herbal tinctures and syrups, food processing, such as preserved and fermented foods;
5. Simplify your life now, freeing up more space and time. Find out what you can do without money, walking, exercising, arts and crafts, socializing with loved ones, gardening;
6. Separate yourself from the logic of consuming more and more. They prefer artisan products that last a long time, of quality, made by small producers, social enterprises and solidarity economic enterprises. Exchanging, giving and receiving gifts for affective value, rather than financial value;
7. Exchange, store, multiply and disseminate Creole seeds (native, not genetically modified, produced by popular and family agriculture);
8. Recognize that life will be much better later! We are only in transition.
"Our creativity is the limit of the system"