A Critique of Permaculture, Cleaning Out the Stables by Peter Harper 
You could argue that these people are rather narrow-minded and the message hasn’t got through to them yet. But you could not say that of Robert Kourik, a much respected figure in the PC movement, and whose book Designing Your Edible Landscape – Naturally is to be found in all the PC catalogues and on many a PC bookshelf. Contributing to the Solar Catalogue, he made the following remarks. It’s worth quoting him at length:
“In 1978 I read Permaculture One…. A good permaculture is supposed to be a food-producing ecosystem (garden) that is humanly designed, requires little work to sustain, mimics the diversity and complexity of a forest (or other natural system), is heavily based upon perennial food plants, and is self-perpetuating and permanent. With Bill Mollison’s first US lecture in 1980, sponsored by the Farallones Institute (where I was then directing the Edible Landscape Program) interest in permaculture took off like lamb’s quarters on a heap of moist horse manure.
In the late 1970’s I was very excited about permaculture – especially its attempts to develop integrated, sustainable food gardens. Gradually, though, my enthusiasm waned. Like most of the people I’ve watched cycle through the permaculture ‘experience’ over the past 16 years, I found the details either to be lacking or counterproductive. One of the big draws of permaculture, especially to well-educated nongardeners, is the lure of less- or no-work gardening, bountiful yields, and the soft fuzzy glow of knowing that the garden will continue to live on without you. Yet these same ‘advantages’ often prove to be the biggest letdown for many people.”
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