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Paleo vs Permaculture

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Has anyone looked at the kinds of plants recommended for permaculture (see PFAF etc) to see how they intersect Paleo in terms of antinutrients?

My personal approach is more the "can I grow it/catch it?" and no counting of calories, macronutrients etc.

I have a few rules of thumb - such as lemony, astringent tastes probably being due to oxalic acid content; and presume the same thoughts on lectins apply to peas, beans etc.

But I don't even know where to begin with air potatoes!

I've just ordered Martin Crawford's books to plough through anyway.

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I have been reading one of Salatin's books and have a friend who has started his own farm using the PolyFace principles. Its really fascinating.

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It might also be worth looking at PolyFace Farms as a brilliant adoption of permaculture principles for an pastured animal-based system. The movie FRESH shows owner Joel Salatin pointing out the dozen or more plants that comprise their grazing meadows.

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I have been reading one of Salatin's books and have a friend who has started his own farm using the PolyFace principles. Its really fascinating.

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on June 10, 2012
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You can use all kinds of different plants depending on your climate. Permaculture plant lists tend to be huge because a goal is to build a permanent system, an ecology. That's why permaculture always includes animals of various kinds - a stable or growing system requires lots of interactions.

PFAF doesn't seem to have an easy way to search oxalic acid. A really useful place to go for searches for plants containing specific chemicals is http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/highchem.html It will sort out the plant based on ppm of the chemical in plant tissues.

That entire database is very useful, with lots of searches possible. The home page includes links to other great plant databases. http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/

Note that PFAF tends to focus on uncommon plants that are neglected in modern food systems. There is no reason not to incorporate common food plants like apples, strawberries or coconuts, depending on your climate.

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