First coined in the 1970’s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren Permaculture is a set of design principles simulating the patterns and resilient features observed in nature and centered around 3 main objectives: earth care, people care and fair share , returning surplus to both earth and people.
The term permaculture is a contraction of the words “permanent,” “agriculture,” and “culture.” Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, its philosophy has expanded over time to encompass economic, social and political systems. It is a dynamic movement that is still evolving.
Permaculture advocates designing a human development based on natural ecosystems with the intent to integrate different disciplines in order to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable, which provide for their own needs, do not exploit or pollute, and are therefore sustainable in the long term. It uses the inherent qualities of plants and animals combined with the natural characteristics of landscapes and structures to produce a life-supporting system for both city and country, using the smallest practical area.
It is in essence a tool for designing communities and organizations that connect between people, economies, and governing structures, creating the conditions for humans to flourish on a societal level and to develop mutually beneficial relationships with the ecosystems which sustain us.
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