Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration

Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration

by Tao Orion, 254 pages, 6x9, softcover. Scanning the agricultural trade magazines, it is evident we are at war with certain plants. From the names of the chemical weapons (Ambush, Assail, Battle…) to the graphics of attack complete with gas masks, they must be subdued. The goal: total annihilation. Closer to home, I have a friend who, frustrated with the rampant Japanese knotweed in her backyard, declared war—until told of the plant’s value in the treatment of Lyme. It’s all a matter of perspective. Building on permaculture design process, this book advocates a broader perspective—a paradigm shift really—to a holistic understanding of the ecosystem that seeks to work with nature in order to restore balance. Why did that invasive take hold? What is its function in doing so? How can we see the value of its arrival? The author seeks answers through rich, nuanced observation and research, with the thought of changing our relationship with our landscape. Fedco once had a t-shirt that proclaimed “Occupy your yard.” This book provides the inspiration to do just that. -Nikos Kavanya


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