Aussies have been discussing more sustainable ways to produce food for a long time.
Permaculture is a sustainable design system that originated in the 1970s in Australia. It was developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, who were inspired by traditional farming practices, indigenous land management, and ecological principles.
The term "permaculture" was coined by Mollison and Holmgren in their book "Permaculture One," which was published in 1978. The word is a combination of "permanent agriculture" and "permanent culture," reflecting the focus on designing systems that are sustainable and can support human societies in the long term.
Permaculture is based on the idea that ecosystems are complex and interconnected, and that human societies should strive to mimic natural ecosystems in their design and management. Permaculture principles include using renewable resources, reducing waste and pollution, promoting biodiversity, and designing systems that are resilient and self-sustaining.
Permaculture has since spread around the world, and practitioners have developed a wide range of applications, from urban agriculture to community development to natural building. The Permaculture Design Course, a 72-hour course that covers the principles and techniques of permaculture, is now offered in many countries.
Today, permaculture is considered a leading model for sustainable agriculture and design, and is seen as a way to address many of the environmental and social challenges facing the world today.