Permaculture – Permanent Agriculture or, more recently Permanent – Culture
“The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems that have the diversity and resilienve of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of landscape and people, providing their food, energy, shelter, and their material and non-material needs in a sustainable way. Without permanent agriculture there is no possibility of a stable social order.”
Bill Mollison – Co originator of the permaculture concept
The above definiation is only one of many ways to describe what permaculture is, it depends on who you are asking to what answer you receive. However, at the very core of permaculture there are three ethics:
Earth Care – protect, preserve and nurture the earth.
People Care – care for all people, those that are close and those far away. No one should be made to do anything against their will.
Fair Share – share your surplus back into the first and second ethic.
I beleive that permaculture as a principle is one of the most natural