Biblically Clean Food
Ultimately Defined

The definition for Biblically Clean Food (ver. 2.0 if you will) is not just identifying what is food for Israel (Leviticus 11) to consume and it is more than how that food is butchered, it's, I'm suggesting strongly, how that food is grown.
I submit the term that describes this the best is...

Biblical Permaculture

John's Brain


Compost vs. Mulch

Natures Way describing Mulch vs Compost.
compost is composed up of grass, leaves, vegetative food waste and a little bit of Horse Manure and the Mulch mulch is made of branches limbs and leaves all ground up John Ferguson from Natures Way Resources.

compost is good for your grass. You can put it on top of your grass as a mulch

Vocabulary, Terms and Concepts

Source A Nova Floresta (¿ a new forest?)

Agro-toxic farming

Non sustainable farming


Permaculture intends to use no artificial (petrol based) calorie input (only sunlight) to produce food at the same time as to improve the ecosystem fertility.

The commented out words (represented by ...) was a bit of a rant. I wanted to have this so as to make a contrast. John's Brain


Finding an alternative with the most cost effective or highest achievable performance under the given constraints.

Agro-toxic is the iconic example of a non optimized process, spending 10 to 20 calories of petrol equivalent to produce 1 calorie of plant.

In our limited world “given constraints” means “sustainability”, meaning using what we need of our planet assuming our children will have enough to survive and … hopefully … to live and thrive, themselves, on a sustainable way. It is a cycling process.

If you want to go quick and dirty use fossil fuel (which is maybe a solution in some limited cases) if you want to go securely, planet wise, you need to integrate environmental constraints in your system of rules.

Permaculture is about optimization and interacts with the flows of energy (sun light, photosynthesis, wind, ..) and resources (water, natural fertilizers, mulch, minerals, etc.) in a sustainable and optimized way. The optimization comes from the design of functions and interactions in a way that will help develop closed biological loops for human food and the environment. The biological processes would be maybe 1000 times more effective in energy usage (assumption impossible to verify but my own guess in average) than technical closed loops and can be made perennial per design.

Stacking Function

An elements in the farm serve more than one function. E.g. Chicken produce eggs, manure, control bugs, etc… . By favoring the more multifunctional elements we increase the quantity of positive interactions and incidentally the yield per specific area. More about stacking function

Permaculture orientates (in zone 1 to 4) the biodiversity in a way as to maintain a “natural” number of elements and increase the number of positive interactions. The idea is not to overwhelm the system with an artificial biodiversity which could be difficult to maintain but find the best ecosystem “skeleton” based on the synergies produced by the interactions.

Sustainable agriculture

Sustainable agriculture (including silviculture) is the production of food and plant and animal byproducts using farming techniques that respect the environment and that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to produce their own food and associated byproducts.

Permaculture proposes a concrete model for sustainable agriculture development, both in countryside and in urban areas.

Swale and Contour line

A long depression in the soil (of a slope, usually) following a contour line, designed to collect or redirect water and reverse erosion. Read more here.

A contour line is a line on a map joining points of equal height above or below sea level.

Permaculture farms are usually built on lands having slopes in order to take advantage of the gravity in harvesting water and other resources (mulch, sand, manure, etc…). In many instances if the land has been deforested the water run-off has removed the top soil through erosion. Swales are the main tools to reverse this erosion and recreate the top soils.

The whole (3) is greater than the sum of its parts (1+1)
Think of a Venn Diagram where two areas of a graph over lap. The idea is that the two parts each are considered as whole pieces and the intersection is a separate piece John's Brain


The interaction of two or more elements to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. Synergy is the spontaneous apparition of a value addition and often described as 1+1=3. An example is the association of a leguminous and a fruit tree. The fruit tree will grow better thanks to the nitrogen fixing of the leguminous and maybe its wind break and moisture capability. The fruit tree will produce fruits which surplus falling on the ground will provide with sugars to the soil ecosystem and attract birds producing manure and controlling the bugs. The result is not 1 leguminous + 1 fruit tree, it is the sum of them + additional growth, fruit production, health, increased biomass and fertile soil.

Permaculture is a synergistic agriculture

Systemic approach

Domain of science design for complex systems (ecosystems , virtual systems, economical systems, …) analysis based on observation, experimentation, simulation and pattern recognition. Read more here about its used in Permaculture.

The Systemic approach is an holistic approach, meaning applying to the whole set of constituents interacting with the studied object. It is fundamentally in opposition with the reductionist approach which as driven the development of western science till now. The reductionist approach has given birth to extraordinary developments in science like quantum physics but fails to support and give tools for the analysis of complex environments where elementary objects have numerous relationships creating a phenomenon called emergence.
The systemic approach is not intuitive and has been created artificially together with its methodology and analytical tools in the objective of handling complexity. To do so it's methodology is essentially based on observation and simulation (experimentation) of systems considered as “black boxes” in the initial steps of analysis.

Systemic approach is not to be confused with Systematic approach which is “Done or acting according to a fixed plan or system; methodical”.

Permaculture uses a systemic approach to design productive ecosystems. Analytical approach is used at element level and less determinant in the global strategy of landscape architecture.

I like the word holistic especially when you consider LMM as a Torah Gated Community (TGC) which, among other very cool things embraces Permaculture John's Brain

Urban Permaculture

... Permaculture practices in the cities.
By sprinkling the biblical word and using it as an adjective, on this word, I would propose a different term ⇒ Urban Perimeter Permaculture. E.g. Abram's was camped nearby Sodom and Gomorrah on the hills and could be metaphorically seen as a city on the hill shinning the light of Torah. It's not in the city, but near the city i.e. Abram is not of that world, but in/near that world of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah hoping to find a 10 righteous men for a Beit Din. John's Brain


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Humus is a highly complex substance still not fully understood. It is a stable and uniformly dark, spongy and amorphous material which come from the mechanical degradation of organic matter. Humus is fertile and gather all properties suitable for optimal plant growth. It is formed by complex chemical compounds, of plant, animal and microbial origin. Humus cannot form in the presence of high levels of inorganic nitrogen, due to the inhibition of the microbes essential to sequestration.