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Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security par [Fukuoka, Masanobu]
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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.



Biographie de l'auteur

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 philosophy, and farming techniques. This book has been translated into more than twenty-five languages and has helped make Mr. Fukuoka a leader in the worldwide sustainable agriculture movement. He continued farming until shortly before his death in 2008, at the age of ninety-five. After The One-Straw Revolution was published in English, Mr. Fukuoka traveled to Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. His interest turned to rehabilitating the deserts of the world using his natural farming techniques. Mr. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award, often referred to as the Nobel of Asia, for Public Service.

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 219 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1603585222
  • Editeur : Chelsea Green Publishing (28 mai 2012)
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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 MEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Book 12 juin 2012
Par DesertKat - 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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A brilliant look into the author's world, spiritual, political, and economical views 23 janvier 2014
Par Oliver Brotzman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Masanobu Fukuoka was a farmer and philosopher who first became a leader in the worldwide sustainable agriculture movement with the release of The One-Straw Revolution in 1975. Sowing Seeds in the Desert seems to build off of his introduction to his farming techniques, but is still easily accessible and understandable for those, such as myself, who have not read his previous works.

The book begins with some history to help the reader understand Fukuoka's life; his world, spiritual, political, and economic views. The actual agricultural discussion does not begin until page 60, so be ready for that (I found his philosophical beliefs very intriguing and thought-provoking, even if a little too paradoxical at times; I only make note of the length of this section because neither the book's title or subtitle hint at anything beyond practical knowledge).

Fukuoka has not conducted any controlled studies but instead relies largely on the extremely successful restoration of his own farm and his experiences in other countries (specifically the United States, Africa, India, and the Philippines). In a nutshell, Fukuoka opposes everything about modern farming techniques - monoculture, artificial crossbreeding, pesticides, tilling, fertilizers, dams and irrigation canals, deforestation, and the change from perennials to annuals - and does not view organic farming as much different from industrial farming because "they both begin by addressing the same question: 'How can I get nature to produce most efficiently for human beings?'". Similar to modern pharmaceuticals' concern with addressing symptoms over causes, Fukuoka explains that humankind's current approaches to farming and global restoration are only delaying the inevitable depletion of the world's soil.

After following Fukuoka's travels and vicariously seeing multiple examples of mistaken agricultural practices and the benefits of true natural farming in places where these methods have already been implemented, it becomes clear that he is on to something profound and yet so simple that the only explanation for our nations' slow progress in revegetation has to be control and money.

Fortunately, Fukuoka details the "ideal natural farm" for individuals, and the appendices starting on page 151 go into the specific details on how to start a natural farm. Those looking solely for step-by-step instruction may be disappointed with the more narrative-style of the 150 pages prior, but as editor once-apprentice Larry Korn states in his introduction, "[Mr. Fukuoka's] philosophy was everything, and the farming was merely an example of the philosophy."
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed. 20 avril 2014
Par Frenchie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was really looking forward to reading this book. I live in a very dry climate and thought this book was going to give information on how to grow food in the desert. The first half of the book was about Mr. Fukuoka's belief's and how he came to be a natural farmer. I enjoy reading about how people have arrived at the place they're at and what they believe, but half the book was about this. One chapter would have been sufficient for me. I wanted more information on growing food in the desert and this book just didn't deliver.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Another good book based on Mr Fukuoka's natural farming methods 7 décembre 2015
Par Cmdr Riker - Publié sur Amazon.com
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While this book was written several years ago, the desertification effects are been seen more widely today. The droughts in the western US highlights the need to change our farming methods.

The books is more a philosophy on what to do and how to do it. It's not necessarily a step by step guide on how to bring about the return of green lands from deserts. However, there is enough practical information to get started. As Mr Fukuoka was from Japan, some of the plants would be more specific to his location. Local substitutes can likely be found in all areas of the world.

If you are interested in natural farming, or even curious about other methods than "big ag", then this is a book for your library.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Transforming the way I garden 24 novembre 2012
Par Thomas E. Sandidge - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This past year I kept my garden completely free of weeds (unlike previous years). My soil is rather sandy and dries out quickly. Without ground cover the soil dried out so badly that it wouldn't wet easily and would burn bare feet. A nice straw cover would have probably fixed that, but I didn't have any. In future years I'm going to modify Fukuoka's method and use a winter wheat or rye cover (which I will scythe in the spring) and a cover of Dutch clover in which to plant vegetables. I'll also try intermixing and avoiding rows which should help with insects (if he is correct). I also found some very useful philosophy.
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