"Scientists spent a decade intensively monitoring the impacts of a large government-funded experiment at Hillesden, a 1,000-hectare commercial arable farm in Buckinghamshire. (...) Numbers of some butterfly species including the gatekeeper and green-veined white doubled, and birds that usually feed on insects benefited from the shelter provided by hedges and grass margins, including the great tit, up 88%, and blue tit, up 73%. They also found that overall yields at Hillesden were maintained – and enhanced for some crops – despite the loss of agricultural land for habitat creation."

The science is in: permaculture works, it can feed us all and it helps the planet too.

theguardian.com/environment/20

How about we begin supporting REAL permaculture farmers who know what they're doing instead of funding the asshats sitting in their air-conditioned, diesel-powered tractors mindlessly destroying topsoil with their ploughs and chemical sprays?

@antanicus so, ploughs were invented a long time ago… were they always bad?

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@meena @antanicus ploughing is not great, it releases a lot of carbon into the air and makes it easier for top soil to blow away in wind

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