Sowing Seeds in the Desert Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security

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ISBN-13: 9781603585224

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Description: The earth is in great peril, due to the corporatization of agriculture, the rising climate crisis, and the ever-increasing levels of global poverty, starvation, and desertification on a massive scale. This present condition of global trauma is not "natural," but a result of humanity's destructive actions. And, according to Masanobu Fukuoka, it is reversible. We need to change not only our methods of earth stewardship, but also the very way we think about the relationship between human beings and nature. Fukuoka grew up on a farm on the island of Shikoku in Japan. As a young man he worked as a customs inspector for plants going into and out of the country. This was in the 1930s when science seemed poised to create a new world of abundance and leisure, when people fully believed they could improve upon nature by applying scientific methods and thereby reap untold rewards. While working there, Fukuoka had an insight that changed his life forever. He returned to his home village and applied this insight to developing a revolutionary new way of farming that he believed would be of great benefit to society. This method, which he called "natural farming," involved working with, not in opposition to, nature. Fukuoka's inspiring and internationally best-selling book, The One-Straw Revolution was first published in English in 1978. In this book, Fukuoka described his philosophy of natural farming and why he came to farm the way he did. One-Straw was a huge success in the West, and spoke directly to the growing movement of organic farmers and activists seeking a new way of life. For years after its publication, Fukuoka traveled around the world spreading his teachings and developing a devoted following of farmers seeking to get closer to the truth of nature. Sowing Seeds in the Desert, a summation of those years of travel and research, is Fukuoka's last major work-and perhaps his most important. Fukuoka spent years working with people and organizations in Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States, to prove that you could, indeed, grow food and regenerate forests with very little irrigation in the most desolate of places. Only by greening the desert, he said, would the world ever achieve true food security. This revolutionary book presents Fukuoka's plan to rehabilitate the deserts of the world using natural farming, including practical solutions for feeding a growing human population, rehabilitating damaged landscapes, reversing the spread of desertification, and providing a deep understanding of the relationship between human beings and nature. Fukuoka's message comes right at the time when people around the world seem to have lost their frame of reference, and offers us a way forward.

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List price: $15.95
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was a farmer and philosopher who was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village, and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture.Over the next sixty-five years he worked to develop a system of natural farming that demonstrated the insight he was given as a young man, believing that it could be of great benefit to the world. He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, and did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan.In 1975 he wrote The One-Straw Revolution , a best-selling book that described his life’s journey, his phil

Introduction
Editor's Notes
About the Illustrations
The Call to Natural Farming
My Return to Farming
Challenges During Wartime
The True Meaning of Nature
The Errors of Human Thought
No God or Buddha Will Rescue the Human Race
The Dragonfly Will Be the Messiah
A Life of Natural Culture
Reconsidering Human Knowledge
The Birth of Discriminating Knowledge
Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection
Understanding True Time and Space
The Rising and Sinking of Genes
An Alternative View of Evolution
Naturally Occurring Hybrids in My Rice Fields
Abandoning What We Think We Know
Healing a World In Crisis
Restoring the Earth and Its People
In Nature, There Are No Beneficial or Harmful Insects
Eastern and Western Medicine
The Fear of Death
The Question of Spirit
The Money-Sucking Octopus Economy
The Illusion of the Law of Causality
The Current Approach of Desertification Countermeasures
Global Desertification
Lessons from the Landscapes of Europe and the United States
The Tragedy of Africa
Sowing Seeds in an African Refugee Camp
Revegetating the Earth Through Natural Methods
Agricultural "Production" Is Actually Deduction
Commercial Feedlots Will Destroy the Land, Cultured Fish the Sea
Sowing Seeds in the Desert
Creating Greenbelts
The Revegetation of India
Notes from an International Environmental Summit
Travels on the West Coast of the United States
Farmers' Markets
Urban Natural Farms
People Sow and Birds Sow
Rice Growing in the Sacramento Valley
From Organic Farming to Natural Farming
Two International Conferences
Japanese Cedars at the Zen Center
Appendices
Creating a Natural Farm in Temperate and Subtropical Zones
Making Clay Seed Pellets for Use in Revegetation
Producing an AU-Around Natural Culture Medium
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