Video: David Holmgren on Holistic Approaches to Food Production during Energy Descent


‘What Will We Eat as the Oil Runs Out? Food Security in an Energy-Scarce World.

Presentation as part of a conference held on June 23rd to 25th, 2005 in Dublin, Ireland, which sought to answer a crucial question: How can the world’s population be fed without the extensive use of fossil fuels in the production, processing and distribution of food?”

‘In this talk David Holmgren provides a concise overview of permaculture thinking. He sees permaculture as a creative response to the oncoming period of energy descent where the use of non-renewable and slowly renewable resources will by necessity come drastically down. The goal of permaculture is not so much to approach a steady-state plateau of resource use, but to initiate an ongoing process of natural regeneration. In discussing food production, Holmgren emphasises the need to redesign not just the way we produce food, but also the ways we distribute and consume it. He goes on to outline a number of rather specific tasks to be carried out to move towards these goals. The talk was held at the Feasta Food Security Conference in Dublin on June 25, 2005.”

Watch the video on permaculture’s role in food security here:

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