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Sowing Seeds in the Desert 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. But according to Fukuoka, it is reversible. Full description


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  • Relié: 216 pages
  • Editeur : Chelsea Green Publishing Co (28 mai 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1603584188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603584180
  • Dimensions du produit: 14 x 2,5 x 21 cm
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Par Mr. J. V TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS sur 22 octobre 2013
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le dernier ouvrage malheureusement de Fukuoka, je ne me lasse pas de lire ses écrits! en effet celui-ci est censé contenir sa philosophie mais il relate aussi ses visites aux US, en Inde et en Afrique, les essais fait dans le désert, les résultats, des tranches de vies, et aussi plein d'infos qu'il me manquait et des réponses aux questions que je me posait par rapport a ses autres écrits et l'agriculture naturelle. Je viens de le finir et j'ai envie de le relire! celui-la a été publié en japonais en 1992 donc sur sa fin de vie, il y a des infos pratiques tel les seedballs et leur composition, et d'autres techniques. Le livre est illustré de ses dessins avec explications, très intéressants.

Une étoile en moins car beaucoup d'histoires de ce livre se retrouvent quand même dans ses 2 livres précédents donc certains pourraient être déçus.

Certains disent 'livre pas très pratique' mais en faite toute la pratique c'est le livre, il décrit absolument tout et les techniques aussi, simples de plus! Alors c'est sur que c'est pas les livres scientifiques typiques d’éducation...à l'image de Fukuoka qui ridiculise les fondements scientifiques et religieux à travers ses livres :) alors ne vous attendez pas a des explications prouvant qu'il faut semer les tomates à 30 cm de distance, le 15 mai exactement lorsque la lune passe en Capricorne....bref ce monsieur donne carrément de simples techniques pour reverdir la planète! chapeau! Pour ceux qui n'y croient pas ou trouvent cela ridicule...
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Par Divine VOIX VINE sur 14 octobre 2012
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Ce livre nous livre une partie de la vie de Fukuda, qui a inventé le "natural farming". Je suis novice en la matière et l'idée de laisser faire la nature me plait. Il a passé plusieurs années à observer ce qui se passait dans son jardin avant de comprendre... Et de ne pas replanter du riz.
J'ai aimé aussi que "la pluie vient du sol" et sa manière de repenser la reforestation du désert.
Ce livre est plus philosophique que pratique. J'ai eu néanmoins du plaisir à le lire.
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Excellent Book 12 juin 2012
Par Katherine Bracken Ward - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was thrilled to see this book released. This book contains the last writings of Masanobu Fukuoka and they are about the desert regions of the world. I am from a long line of subsistence farmers on two continents and, as far as I know, the only one who has been a high desert grower. One Straw Revolution set my course as an ecological gardener/farmer in the high desert of CA over 25 years ago. This book is helping me realize why some of my experiments worked (and others didn't). To see desert lands addressed by Fukuoka in a way that makes sense to me as a micro-scale farmer is invaluable.

On the personal side, I was able to take principles from One Straw Revolution and customize them to my desert environment and help feed my family and friends. From Sowing Seeds in the Desert, I am learning ways to continue growing in a marginal environment. The first book was a great inspiration. This current book is a great encourager.

On a larger scale, our world is running short of arable land and our groundwater across the planet is being depleted rapidly. There isn't time for another ice age to lay down more deep wells of fossil groundwater. Honestly, we all - from backyard gardeners to commercial farmers - ought to be learning how to grow using water and the land with more wisdom. We need to learn to sit with the land, learn from it, and produce food in ways that make sense for our regions of the world. Along with Fukuoka, we would do well to look at indigenous ways of growing from our particular regions. If you allow it to, this book will inspire you to do just these things. In some places, this book is so strongly innovative that you may wonder - will this really work? I am absolutely betting my farm on Fukuoka. These principles have been working for us for many years.

I would say that if you care on any level about natural/ecological farming, food justice, sustainable food systems, climate change, global ecological and/or cultural restoration, or even eating, you might very well benefit from this book.

Incidentally, I deeply appreciate Larry Korn's translation. Even the footnotes are informative and helpful.
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Completing the Puzzle 12 juin 2012
Par Charles Burr - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is terrific. A worthy follow-up to The One-Straw Revolution. Many of the thoughts expressed by author Masanobu Fukuoka in Sowing Seeds in the Desert are truly paradigm shifting. This book has the potential to redirect people's everyday and spiritual lives in a very positive direction. For those seeking to return to the center and become more grounded, start with this book. For those who have already read many, many books, I suggest you restart with this one. Sowing Seeds in the Desert picks up where Fukuoka's previous books left off and fills them out nicely.

Sowing Seeds in the Desert could be considered the "Gettysburg Address" of the environmental, natural farming and earth spirituality movements because it is so clear, concise and accessible. Chapter 1 says more in 15 pages than most books about philosophy say in 500 pages. The foundations of Western thought and philosophy are left in tatters by the end of an equally efficient Chapter 2. Even Plato's "Analogy of the Cave" is is neatly replaced by Fukuoka's "Cave of the Intellect." When you are finished with this book it seems as though the foundation of everything you were taught to be the truth is lying in pieces in front of you.

Deserts left in civilization's footsteps are discussed directly and as a metaphor for the condition of modern society. As a practitioner of natural farming and permaculture myself, I can see that no scientist can solve the environmental challenges we face today. Only someone who sees nature directly can set a successful path forward. This is not so much a book about natural farming techniques. It is about identifying what nature is at its core and applying that to how we live. Fukuoka has done that for us in this book.

"In the place where there is nothing, everything exists"

Chuck Burr
Ashland, Oregon
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A joy and an inspiration 10 juillet 2012
Par Kathlyn Pihl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I thought the book was about seeds and resurrecting life from damaged lands, but it gave me a gift I couldn't have hoped for. It's really about a shift in consciousness. The translation is so unpretentious and lucid, it's as though the natural consciousness of being shines right through the paragraphs. The "natural mind", as Mr. Fukuoka called it, became perfectly obvious to me, something I have simultaneously lived by and overlooked all my life. The difference in perspective is subtle, but has made a big shift in my approach to every challenge I face.

Yes, it's a balm to the pain of watching the plunder of the land, of seeing the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, and so on. I'm encouraged to undertake small steps to re-green the space behind my back yard. I shared it with a friend and she "got it". She loved the last chapter about the progress people have made in our own neighborhood. She's as jazzed as I am.

The pictures, the prose, even the paper it's printed on, are a pleasure to hold in my hands. Thank you Mr. Fukuoka!
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Masanobu Fukuoka ~ a modern philosopher ~ 9 novembre 2012
Par Christopher Barrett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
If you've read "One Straw Revolution" then you have some idea of what to expect in this book. For those who say 'no new information' I wonder if they read beyond the introduction and first chapter. Though the theme is reclaiming the desert, there is a lot of Fukuoka-san's personal beliefs and philosophy interjected throughout.

When Fukuoka is discussing the re-seeding of the deserts, he is meaning re-seeding the deserts created by man's misuse of the land. The examples of this would be the San Joaquin valley in California, northeast Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia), and parts of Europe that have had the soil stripped bare of nutrients due to centuries of misuse.

Fukuoka-san wrote this book later than his first. What this means is that he had several years more experience and time for reflection before writing "Sowing Seeds in the Desert". Mainly he had finally traveled outside of Japan for the first time (right after the US publication of "One Straw Revolution"). Seeing the state of agriculture first hand in other countries gave Fukuoka-san more reason to ponder the future of humanity in regards to food production.

Many of his ideas are far fetched, but the basis for his theories and philosophy are well rooted. He quotes Descartes, Plato, and even the Bible in addition to Buddhist and Shinto beliefs. His philosophy never really comes off as contrived, in one chapter he even discusses with disdain a fraudulent faith healer from Kobe who visited his farm.

Fukuoka-san's work is not for everyone. Those who enjoy being blind to the looming crisis in food and water supplies probably wouldn't enjoy this book. But for many of us who see the grim future ahead, Fukuoka gives some of his ideas for change, change that has been proven on his farm and in places around the globe. Drastic measures? Sometimes. But no more drastic than many of the measures currently underway to increase food supplies. No matter which way your belief lies, it is an interesting read. You may enjoy it or criticize it, but it doesn't make it any less fascinating.

-Of note: Masanobu Fukuoka died in 2008 at the age of 95. He died during the third and final day of Obon (the Bon Festival honoring departed ancestors) when Buddhist believers send lanterns on boats down waterways to guide the spirits of their ancestors to their final resting place.
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a revolutionary worldview and philosophy 17 avril 2013
Par D&D - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
This was the third of 3 books (translated into English) by this amazing Japanese farmer and philosopher. This last work is probably his most important. Fukuoka shares more of his philosophy and writes - in the later part of the book - about his world travels (via government and university invitations) to revegetate the deserts of the world using natural farming. Comparatively little-known here, Fukuoka (RIP) is famous in India, where his techniques are being used to revive desert areas.

His communion with nature created, over the years, a natural farming technique requiring no machinery (no plowing or digging, ever!) or fossil fuel, no chemicals, no prepared compost and very little weeding. Yields are comparable to the most productive farms. Natural farming creates no pollution and the fertility of the fields improves with each season. He calls it "do-nothing farming" but it is more like "do-little" (harvesting is the most laborious part of the year).

The author explains how modern agriculture, including organic farming, appears to be increasing yields but net productivity is actually decreasing - and how modern agricultural methods are actually creating new deserts. In his words "if we compare the energy required to produce a crop of grain with the energy harvested in the food itself, we find a disturbing trend. [Decades] ago in the US, each calorie of energy invested to grow grain resulted in a yield of about two calories of grain." A couple of decades later, the two figures became equal. By 1996, when this book was originally published in Japan, "the investment of two calories of energy produces only one calorie of grain. This is largely because of the shift from using such things as hand labor, draft animals, and cover crops to using machinery and chemicals, which also require factories to create the tractors and chemicals, and mining and drilling to produce the raw materials, and fossil fuels...As mechanization was introduced...increased harvests became the overriding goal and efficiency declined sharply [the opposite of what we are continually being told, of course]."

Fukuoka points out that the emperor has no clothes. "Self-contradiction is most evident in the decline in energy efficiency. In his fascination with ever greater sources of energy, man has moved from the heat of the fireplace to electrical generation with a water wheel to thermal power generation to nuclear power. But he closes his eyes to the fact that the efficiency of these sources (ratio of total energy input to total energy output) has worsened exponentially in the same order. Because he refuses to acknowledge this, internal contradiction continues to accumulate and will soon reach explosive levels.

"Some scientists believe that, if nuclear energy dries up, we should turn to solar energy or wind power, which are non-polluting and do not engender contradictions. But these will only continue the decline in energy efficiency and, if anything, will accelerate the speed at which man heads toward destruction. Until man notices that scientific truth is not the same as absolute truth and turns his system of values on its head, he will continue to rush blindly onward towards self-destruction...Natural farming is the only future for man."

The author's ideal situation for raising cows and other farm animals would be in fields where "the flowers of clover and vegetables would bloom in an orchard of trees laden with fruit and nuts. Bees would fly among the barley and wild mustard that had been sown here and there and later reseeded by themselves. Chickens and rabbits would forage on whatever they could find. Ducks and geese would paddle about in the ponds with fish swimming below. At the foot of the hills and in the valleys, pigs and wild boars would fatten themselves on worms and crayfish, while goats would occasionally peek out from among the trees in the woods. Scenery like this can still be found in the poor villages of some countries not yet swallowed up by modern civilization. The real question is whether we see this way of life as uneconomical and primitive, or as a superb organic community in which people, animals, and nature are one. A pleasant living environment for animals is also a utopia for human beings."
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