Trees or Technology?

  ‘Trees or Technology?’ by David Gearing You may be thinking that the widespread introduction of Food Forests and Carbon Sequestration in plants and soils are clearly necessary and desirable, but will take too long to make a difference, and that large-scale technological solutions (e.g. Carbon dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS)) will be essential in the […]

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Plants to Save the Planet: the Biomass Argument

  Biomass in gigatons of carbon (GtC) is a measure of abundance in the biosphere. Perhaps it is no surprise that the most abundant taxonomic group is plants at 450 GtC, but I was surprised to learn that all animals (arthropods, chordates etc.) weigh in at only 2 GtC. I was also very surprised that […]

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Edible Perennials in a Home Garden

Chris Marsh and David Gearing have been associated with the Plants For A Future (PFAF) charity for 14 years, Chris as Managing Trustee and Treasurer, with David providing vital support. They have both been involved with permaculture since 1990 and are keen gardeners. Their garden in Woking, Surrey was one of the 86 plots in […]

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‘Plants to Save the Planet’ – Plants For A Future’s 2019-20 Project

The main role of (PFAF) for over 10 years has been to provide freely available non-commercial access to our database of over 8000 useful plants, for food, medicines and other uses. PFAF is very dependent on a flow of many small and a few larger donations from our users, with some revenue from sales of […]

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Plants to Save the Planet

In his book Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life, Edward O. Wilson argues that the solution to the present planetary crisis is to dedicate half the surface of the Earth to wild nature.[1] The other half Earth would be used to meet human needs for food and everything else, including all our structures and materials. […]

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New Book: EDIBLE SHRUBS: 70+ Top Shrubs from Plants For A Future

Edible Shrubs Book

Increasing interest in food forests or woodland gardens reflects a growing awareness that permanent mixed plantings are inherently more sustainable than annual monocultures. They can safeguard and enrich soil ecosystems, enable plants to form mutually beneficial combinations, utilise layers both in the soil and above ground, and create benign microclimates which soften winds and recycle […]

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Edible Perennials on a Small Scale – with Incredible Vegetables

Posted to PFAF blog on 19 June 2018, updated with new featured image 11 October 2018. Many would agree that homegardening is going to be an important part of the solution to climate change. Eric Toensmeier has written about temperate as well as tropical homegardening traditions in China, where homegardens generate six times the income […]

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