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What countries favour people who want to live a sustainable lifestyle?

If you're currently in Western Europe, then Eastern European countries may be very interesting for you to look at, because compared to Western Europe: The cost of living tends to be lower, so you ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

I think you're right that building your own is likely to be necessary (we're in the same position). What I've discovered in Australia is broadly applicable in the global north, so: An earthship can't ...
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If permaculture is a solution why are others holding back on making a contribution toward?

Why do existing systems continue? There are several reasons. There are many ways that the current system does work. Perhaps not in the long-term sustainable sense, but in the sense of feeding ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

I suggest that you question some of your assumptions. Difficulties of off-grid. Off-grid is HARD, and generally isn't worth it unless you are a long ways from the power lines. If you are looking at ...
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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

You could try slug nematodes. These are parasites of slugs that can kill them. They occur normally in the soil, but their numbers are normally in balance with the slug population. The trick is to ...
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What are the principles of permaculture?

These are 12 principles of Permaculture elucidated by David Holmgren, which I pulled off of here and added a bit to. These are not the only accepted principles of permaculture, nor the only phrasings....
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With increasing emphasis on biosecurity, how do I properly dispose of livestock remains?

Methods There are several methods of livestock disposal to choose from, each has its own benefits and drawbacks. While there may be no correct answer for everyone, there are better approaches - ...
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Are bats and chickens good animals for pest control?

My wife and I have about 100 free-ranging chickens. For bug control, they are a mixed blessing. Chickens eat just about any kind of insect they can find, excepting small ants, and thank goodness ...
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What countries favour people who want to live a sustainable lifestyle?

I can only tell you about my country, Chile, where I've been watching the situation closely. But since I'm living in France now (for the moment), I'm also familiar with the situation in France and ...
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If permaculture is a solution why are others holding back on making a contribution toward?

It is my understanding that there have been studies proving nutrient depletion in the soil of conventional farming. These studies (Haughley Farms in the mid to late 1930's) at which time states more ...
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What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes?

Great Pyrenees (Pyrenean Mountain Dog) If you're in an area with a high-threat of animal attack (bear, wolf, coyote), consider 1-2 dogs specifically bred for the purpose of protecting livestock. This ...
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What animal should I pen with my goat herd overnight to protect them from wolves and coyotes?

I would use a donkey. The dairy and sheep farmers I visited in the UK as a child used them, and there's a field of cows near me that has a pair of donkeys in it. When I go by on my bike, the donkeys ...
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Are there any commercially available endophytic fungi to protect fruit trees against rusts?

It is true that some endophytic fungi have antimicrobial effects on their microscopic counterparts be it of fungal or bacterial origin. This paper whose study employed the use of fungal extracts ...
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Are there any truly sustainable business models?

This is an interesting question. The way I read your question is, "how can we create a sustainable economy in an ecovilage?" Obviously the modern economy which is based on excessive consumption is ...
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Are there any truly sustainable business models?

The big issue I see with such a "sustainable ecovillage" is what I call the long term impedance mismatch between the village and the external environment. So while I am pessimistic (and I think you ...
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How much land can a full-time organic farmer take care of?

Research This is probably extremely variable depending on the specific crops you are talking about. I tried to gather information from various sources. I looked mostly at studies of subsistence ...
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Sizing a stormwater detention pond

Start here: Quality Farm Dugouts When doing this for a farm, the usual calculation (Central Alberta Climate) is to plan for 2 years use, plus 2 years evaporation. Dugouts should be as deep as ...
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Removing agricultural plastic film waste after 10+ years degradation

Get the plastic itself analyzed. It is likely Polyethylene. PE itself is harmless -- chemically it is essentially a very long chain wax. If there were any solvents in it, by now they have leached ...
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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

Human work as a permaculture intrant A solution that wasn't mentioned there is to collect them by hand day after day. I dispose the slugs collected into my composting pile where they feed, breed and ...
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Are there reasons to avoid organic dairy farming even if the milk or cheese is still pasteurized?

The cost of "Organic" dairy At least within the United States, certifying something as organic requires time, effort, and paperwork. There does exist an additional administrative burden for ...
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What is the relationship between permaculture and sustainability?

I think this is a very good question which is quite a challenge to permaculture. The answer depends on what it is you are trying to sustain. My understanding of the aims of permaculture is that it ...
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Are there any truly sustainable business models?

As EnergyNumbers pointed out as a comment, it is a bit unclear what you are actually asking. My understanding is that you are trying to understand what needs to be done in order to develop a '...
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How can I build a spinning wheel?

It seems the bottom line of the question is low cost spinning wheel. The Dodeca wheeldesign is available free on line. This has been noted in another post. Porter also sells this wheel and a ...
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What is a permaculture solution for dealing with deer in a suburban environment?

I put up an electric fence. The deer wire is about 3 foot off the ground. I take a piece a tinfoil the size of my hand put a dab of peanut butter on it and fold it over, in half. The deer are ...
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What Permaculture solutions are there for slugs?

Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring sedimentary rock and is effective for this purpose. However, I would not classify it as permaculture. A simple definition of permaculture is growing plants ...
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What's the best way of getting an eco-friendly off-grid house?

We would like to implement as many sustainable strategies as possible, ideally being nearly off-grid, with solar panels, rainwater storage, grey water recycling, humanure / methane tank toilets, ...
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Soil Restoration Issue - How to deal with thousands of small pine stumps?

If you have a tractor that can drive over them a flail mower should work. If you intend to mow anything on the property it would be worth looking into a flail mower because they're very useful (and ...
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Soil Restoration Issue - How to deal with thousands of small pine stumps?

The small ones aren't too bad. Conventional rototiller will take care of them. Two inch is pushing what a rototiller can handle. If you are running 10/sq foot there won't be many 2" ones. This ...
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What countries favour people who want to live a sustainable lifestyle?

Wales (in the UK) has a planning policy called "One planet development" which substantially relaxes planning restrictions for new dwellings which will "have an initial ecological footprint of 2.4 ...
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What are the principles of permaculture?

When appling these principles try to think of them as something that is second nature to you. My home gardening is not in full use of all the principles at this point,however I can see the long term ...
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