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It seems like whether it’s about health and nutrition, agriculture, energy policy or whatever (anything really), it seems like a large part of what we‘re taught via conventional wisdom is exactly the opposite of what you should actually do to achieve the results you seek, and the perfect way to screw everything up.  

I feel that permaculture is especially good at holding a mirror up to these falsehoods and demonstrating that (and how) they are wrong, and what better approaches there are or might be.

To that end, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of such bad advice.

The Rules:
1. Try to keep it brief. No novels. If you need to, link to another thread.

2. This is a list of BAD advice. If you want to add an explanation or good advice, differentiate the text by putting the bad advice in quotes, and putting the good advice in italics, or parentheses.

3. Have fun.



 
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“If you have soil compaction, till.”

(Tillage increases soil compaction and destroys the soil food web.)
 
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“Weeds are bad and should be eliminated.”

(Many* weeds are dynamic accumulators and pioneer species, serving the needs of the soil. Pulling them, or worse, poisoning them, aids in turning your land into more of a monoculture.)
 
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“Muck out your chicken pen once a week so they have a clean and healthy living space.”

(Several studies indicate elevated chicken health when raised on deep litter and pasture as opposed to a more “sterile” environment.)
 
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“Grazing causes desertification.”

(Improper grazing might. Holistic planned grazing reverses desertification.)
 
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Here are couple of songs that agrees with what you have said.

It seems that artist been sending unheeded message to humanity for a long time.





 
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"Don't eat eggs. They're bad for you. But if you have to, just eat the egg white and throw the yolk away."

(Eggs are quite healthy for you, especially the yolk, which is a nutritional powerhouse to develop the egg white into a chick. Eggs are a great source of A, D, B2, B5, B12, Iron, Phosphorus, and Selenium.)
 
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Don't eat fat
Butter is bad for you
Everyone should get a college degree
Houses always go up in value so get the biggest one you can afford and treat it like an investment
Put in drainage ditches to get that storm water out of here ASAP
 
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That land has gone feral, Bush hog it clean and start over.

(Many fruit trees take years to get a root sufficient to bear fruit. Could waste years of head start on edible native food forest by bush hogging willy nilly.)
 
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"Fruit and nut trees like as much sun as possible."


At least for me, my trees sunburn badly and have exacerbated drought issues. I have horizon to horizon sun (rare in my region) and it's a struggle to get things established. Planting for more shade or using pioneer species to start would have been better (whoops!)

Planting in place with seed can help, but even then it's a struggle and may need early watering
 
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Get out there and find happiness.

(You already have it)
 
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"Stay in school"

(Freedom to learn can be more awesome)
 
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Wood chips tie up nitrogen and attract bad insects.
 
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Isaac Jamieson wrote:"Stay in school"



If I may be a bit contrarian: "College isn't worth the money!  Don't go!" (which I'm hearing more and more frequently these days from well-meaning people).


 
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