Theorized in 1979 by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, permaculture is a holistic approach that promotes working according to nature rather than against it as is normally the case with conventional agricultural systems.
Much more than just sustainable agriculture, permaculture is an integral vision that incorporates the entire spectrum of human and natural elements: environment, energy, resources, construction, community, technology, education, art, spirituality, health care and more. It is a solution-based way of thinking and an integrated design system that provides a realistic alternative for future sustainability. By creating resource-efficient and productive human environments, permaculture reduces our footprint on Earth.
From a tool and philosophy of management of the natural agricultural system, over the years permaculture has also acquired a social connotation, becoming a tool for redesigning and creating more cohesive and resilient human communities that can ensure the enjoyment of the elements of human safety (economic , health, food, environmental, social, personal and political).
Doing permaculture therefore means starting from a careful analysis of the human and cultural territorial ecological conditions of a given territory to design a productive and social system in which techniques such as synergistic agriculture, syntropic agriculture, agroecology, circular economy, sociocracy and all those other alternative tools to the capitalist consumerist paradigm, useful for achieving true well-being and abundance. By promoting a happy degrowth, permaculture aims to rebalance the relationship between man and planet, ensuring a resilient future for the human population.