The problem with permaculture

To my irritable eye, permaculturists appear to approach the world like a superfancy lego set: once they get all their perfectly modular pieces in place exactly the way the instructions specify, they think the whole thing will light up in rainbows and play cute music. Hah. Plants and soils and streams and bugs are alive, folks, and radically complicated and not at all modular. They don’t care about categorized plant lists or imaginary “guilds.” And I, for one, am glad: a world made out of interchangeable lego bricks sounds like a pretty horrifying place to live.

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