Check out this article that ran in today’s New York Times: Permaculture Emerges from Underground.
Interesting that permaculture is appearing in the mainstream media. On the one hand, I’m encouraged to see that this information is getting out there, while on the other I find myself skeptical of permaculture’s compatibility with the New York Times.
Of course, permaculture design principles can be applied to any landscape, but they cannot be applied to any end, or purpose. You could not, for example, do a permaculture design for a bomb factory or a CAFO*. The purpose of such places is antithetical to permaculture ethics and design principles.
The mainstream media is so thoroughly intertwined with the dominant modes of production and consumption that it could never take up, or maintain for very long, a coherent critique of the fossil-fueled, industrial world.
We can count, therefore, on coverage of permaculture and other radical alternatives only in isolated stories, usually tucked safely away in human interest columns.
It’s up to each of us to bring it into the world.