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Only history will show whether the result of 23 June 2016 will be a positive or negative turning point for the UK. Right now though, with just 7 months left before the 2 year deadline after triggering Article 50, the future looks, at best very uncertain indeed.
From a permaculture perspective it could be argued that the UK's decision to leave the EU goes against a number of its principles: Clearly 'integrate rather than segregate' at its most fundamental would continue to integrate Britain with its neighbouring continent.
On perhaps the sunniest day in British history, Horton Community Farm gave a presentation of their work in Bradford while introducing their new project, Grow Your Own Curry.
This project was inspired by work in Mallorca, where a group of motivated forward-thinkers ‘grew a pizza’ from scratch in one month. As our climate is a little moodier than Mallorca, the cut to curry seemed, for Horton Community Farm, like a more realistic mission. And where better to do it than in Bradford, the ‘curry capital’? It's even possible to grow our own lentils here in a favourable summer.
We’re looking for talented illustrators and writers for inclusion in our brand new long-format journal publication coming out this autumn. Plus, do you have a great idea, invention or hack that you’d like to share with the world? For example, an upcycled biochar kiln, a bicycle trailer, or novel chicken coop?
In permaculture terms the economy sometimes feels like a segregated monoculture planted with terminator seeds, sprayed with patented pesticides on venture capital backed farms designed to maximise profits in an unsustainable market place full of thieves and cheats. No wonder people prefer to potter in their gardens and allotments - and try to forget the craziness of corporate capitalism!
But no matter how much we try to ignore the corporate machine it ploughs on regardless and at various points in all of our lives we are forced to interact with the unsustainable, greed-based economy whether we like it or not. We all need to travel, buy energy, we like presents and holidays and now we are buying more and more of these goods and services online, from people we do not know.