It's actually pretty non-condescending for a piece of mainstream journalism, and may get quite a few people interested.
Revealing quote : "Mr. Mollison, for example, has been permaculture’s leading figure since the late 1970s, and his books have hundreds of thousands of copies. Yet his name has apparently never warranted a mention in this newspaper."
I wish he'd included a description of Bill Mollison that goes beyond his age: Shark fisherman, wildlife researcher, psychology lecturer, mill-worker, trapper, tractor driver, forest ecologist, geiger counter glass blower etc.
They weren't very bright, but they were very, very big. Ad contrast: