Permaculture is becoming increasingly important as an alternative method of food production especially in the wake of increasing populations and rising demand for food globally. More and more people also prefer to live off the grid and become self sufficient with regards to feeding themselves instead of being at the mercy of large farms and corporations that can raise the price of food at will. Health and environmental risks associated with modern food production methods are also making people shy away from consuming GMOs and other products of modern farms. Since its inception over 40 years ago, permaculture has experienced exponential growth, with millions of people worldwide incorporating this practice into their lifestyles and reaping the myriad benefits that come with sustainable food and energy production. The following are a few benefits that accrue from permaculture:
Chemical Free food
Permaculture employs the use of natural fertilizers and pest control methods to grow food and leaves out chemical and synthetic inputs which have been identified as risk factors for diseases such as cancer, asthma, diabetes and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimers. By taking these chemicals out of the equation, you reduce the risk of contracting any of these conditions and furthermore, the organic food you will be consuming will be full of healthy nutrients to boost your immune system and keep many diseases at bay.
Using permaculture as a way to meet your food and energy requirements requires little to no purchase of the necessary inputs and allows you to use the resources you have at hand. As a result, you can make significant savings and put these funds into other useful purposes that will help you to become self sufficient in the long run.
Permaculture places emphasis on renewable resources of food and energy. Composting, recycling and reusing mean that you make maximum use of available resources and results in highly efficient systems with little to no waste.
By using only natural inputs to meet your material and non material needs, you reduce the amount of pollutants that go into the air, water and other natural sources, set in motion natural processes such as pollination, and ultimately have a positive effect on the environment around you.
Permaculture allows you to grow your own healthy food and be in charge of your energy needs. As a result, you are shielded from price hikes, food and energy shortages and other detrimental effects of relying on third parties for your material needs.
Permaculture will continue to grow in importance as more and more people begin to look for natural and environmentally friendly ways to meet their food, energy and other material needs. Arming yourself with the knowledge to embark on your permaculture journey will raise your chances of success and ensure that you are able to make natural systems work for you to meet your lifestyle needs. Courses like the Permaculture Design Course available at the Open Permaculture School and Regenerative Leadership Institute will equip you to make the necessary changes and design systems that work for you.