Permaculture is a straightforward solution to the pressing concerns of humanity– i.e. the increasing dependency on multinational agrochemical corporations or the problem of environmental degradation. Air and ground pollution, the extinction of numerous species of flora and fauna, the decline in cultivable land and drinking water are pressing issues that cannot be ignored any longer.
Through a system of sustainable design, which cooperates with nature and treats the environment holistically, permaculture helps to create self-sufficient, sustainable habitats, which simultaneously meets human needs and enhances biodiversity and natural abundance.
There are 3 holistic and ethical permaculture principles, which make it both a social system and a philosophy, and not merely an agricultural design method: Earthcare, Peoplecare and Fairshares.
The aim of our project is not just self-reliance in terms of basic foodstuffs, but also a guarantee of their quality and usefulness in the kitchen and traditional medicine. Creating gardens and consequently becoming more self-sufficient is a form grassroots solution, which can effectively transform local communities into resilient sustainable human habitats and in many parts of the world it constitutes direct response to inherent inherent inequalities and complete lack of sustainability of industrial agriculture.
We believe that permaculture is a “Revolution disguised as organic gardening”. Building this garden was the very first project of our foundation and by doing this we wanted to show that growing our own organic food is a priority for an organisation, which strives to promote sustainable development and self-organization of local communities.
The overarching goal is educating about:
- local production an distribution of foodstuffs
- the dangers of artificial fertilizers, herbicides and monocultures
- risk of using genetically modified seeds
- effectiveness and joy at growing your own food
- access to fresh, ecological products
- harmony with nature
Other benefits of building a permafarm in the long run include:
- creating an exemplary standard, a model for future cultivation projects
- educating the youth through ecological workshops and permaculture courses
- creating an example of biodiversity and sustainable farming methods
- building an Izerian Seed Bank for the local community
Perrmafarm is a part of a bigger movement which fights for food sovereignty of local communities and opposes industrial farming and the disastrous injustice of the global food system.
“For the first time in human history, over a billion people have been officially classified as living in hunger. This record total is not a consequence of poor global harvests or natural disasters. Hunger on this scale is the result of a global economy in which hundreds of millions of small farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people have faced ruin through the hijacking of the global food system by large agribusiness and food retailers. The Food Sovereignty movement is a response to this situation.
The global food system is in crisis. Decisions about what is produced, what is consumed and who has access to food are defined by multinational corporations that control the entire food chain. These companies have continued to make billions even as record numbers of people go hungry. In the midst of the food crisis, companies such as Cargill, Unilever and supermarket chain Tesco have reported record profits.”
DEFINITION OF FOOD SOVEREIGNTY (FROM THE DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI)
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations. It defends the interests and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral and fisheries systems determined by local producers and users. Food sovereignty prioritises local and national economies and markets and empowers peasant and family farmer-driven agriculture, artisanal – fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just incomes to all peoples as well as the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. It ensures that the rights to use and manage lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those of us who produce food. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social and economic classes and generations.
>For more information on the definition of Food Sovereignty Please see : http://www.foodsovereignty.org/FOOTER/Highlights.aspx