The latest issue of the International peer reviewed journal Environmental Values has an editorial by Isis titled ‘Ethical Intuitions, Welfare and Permaculture’. As well as mentioning the papers in the issue of the journal it discusses a problem in animal welfare called ‘the blind hens’ challenge’, which is a great conversation starter.
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Permaculture is great at spreading via grassroots sharing. It is an inspiration for 21st century communication. Innovations like https://permaculture-research.blogspot [website no longer exists] help in mobilising practitioners to build up evidence. It would be great to see permaculture breaking through more often into academic journals and influencing government policy. The MSc Researching Holistic Approaches to Agroecology from Crossfields Institute (pending final approval with the University of Coventry) has been designed to support holistic approaches to food production. Those interested in permaculture, organics, and biodynamics can explore the holistic thinking that underpins what they do and shape research projects that are academically rigorous but true to their roots. For more information see www.crossfieldsinstitute.com