hannahransom Hatfield wrote:He eats a la doug graham's "the 80/10/10 diet" mostly sweet fruits for calories and non-sweet fruits and veggies that are tasty raw for extra minerals and variety.
Andrew, my personal opinion is that it is not the best for a permacultural system. I was actually eating 80/10/10 for the most part for the last 2 years. The reason I would say it's not as good is because you limit your layers and don't end up reaping as much from one small plot of land. Also, I do think you will need animal inputs in some form, like manure, so you could get that from an outside source, but not create it yourself (not totally permacultural, and not really totally vegan if your an ethical vegan, which is kinda the conundrum). For me while piecing together my design on the 80/10/10 diet I didn't want any nut trees because they produce way more than I could ever eat, so for an over-story you have... I'm not really sure. I got a few white sapote trees because they can get so big so I figured they'd be good over-story. And then for ground cover it is hard to have something edible by you all year long. It's pretty easy to have something like sweet potato or something edible for animals, but it seems to eat 80/10/10 and have a well functioning permacultural system is hard. And you need so much fruit to feed someone, perfectly timed so that you aren't starving. I think it would be great if you were in the tropics and had tons of land and knew exactly when things fruited and knew you had a few staples that can fruit a lot of the year, but in most cases it's basically not going to work. a HIGH fruit diet is what should be big in permie circles, though, always.
btw, I live in a pretty great fruit growing climate, san diego, ca. so I can grow:
oranges, cherimoya, stone fruits, mango, papaya, banana, white sapote, persimmon, loquat, fig, berries, guava, black sapote, jaboticaba, star fruit, feijoa, etc., etc.