Intercropping

Recently we discussed the intercropping of coffee and bananas, though this is far from the only possible combination. Here are a few links to other examples of polyculture:

Rubber with coffee or cocoa

Coffee and macadamia

According to the first link the combination of rubber and lemons were never profitable. This because of the low price of lemons. However, this might (or not) be different if the peels would be used to produce textiles.

The second article states that not only does the combination of coffee and macadamia result in much larger yields but also improves soil fertility.

Garden cities

Casey Schreiber explains in the video below the Garden City concept as envisioned by Ebenezer Howard.

Here is an interesting read by Jean-Yves Tizot on the political theory behind the garden city movement.

We will discuss the topic of garden cities in more detail in a future posts, in relation to, of course, space habitats (O’Neill cylinders in particular), permaculture and land ownership.

Permaculture and Space Settlements

We are great fans of permaculture, as it perfectly fits into to the second of the Four Goals as formulated by O’Neil:

There should be found an optimal living climate for the entire world population

But what is permaculture? In the video below the principles of permaculture are explained.

One type of permaculture is the food forest and this is explained in the video below:

Food forest are nice way to realize to vision O’Neill had for the design of the interior of the O’Neill cylinder: villages separated by forests. And additionally it combines goal #2 with #1, to eradication of hunger and poverty.

Public bicycle system

As distances within a space habitat will be rather small, only a couple of kilometers in most designs , bicycles will be an excellent mode of transportation for space settlers. Promoting cycling will also have environmental and public health benefits. Continue reading Public bicycle system

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