Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan

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How did Asian farmers work the same fields for 40,000 years without destroying the land's fertility and without applying artificial fertilizer? At the turn of the 20th century, a former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture travelled to Asia to learn the answer. This landmark book chronicles his travels and observations on waste-free methods of cultivation that conserve natural resources. "One of the richest sources of information about peasant agriculture . . . one of the pioneer books on organic...
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How did Asian farmers work the same fields for 40,000 years without destroying the land's fertility and without applying artificial fertilizer? At the turn of the 20th century, a former official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture travelled to Asia to learn the answer. This landmark book chronicles his travels and observations on waste-free methods of cultivation that conserve natural resources. "One of the richest sources of information about peasant agriculture . . . one of the pioneer books on organic farming." — The Last Whole Earth Catalog.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486436098
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/19/2004
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 715,274
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I. First Glimpses of Japan 14
II. Grave Lands of China 48
III. To Hongkong and Canton 60
IV. Up the Si-kiang, West River 81
V. Extent of Canalization and Surface Fitting of Fields 97
VI. Some Customs of the Common People 118
VII. The Fuel Problem, Building and Textile Materials 137
VIII. Tramps Afield 167
IX. The Utilization of Waste 193
X. In the Shantung Province 216
XI. Orientals Crowd Both Time and Space 261
XII. Rice Culture in the Orient 271
XIII. Silk Culture 311
XIV. The Tea Industry 323
XV. About Tientsin 330
XVI. Manchuria and Korea 345
XVII. Return to Japan 376
Message of China and Japan to the World
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For more than 40,000 years, Asian farmers worked the same fields repeatedly without sapping the land's fertility and without applying artificial fertilizer! How they accomplished this miraculous feat is described by author Franklin Hiram King, a former official of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. King traveled to Asia in the early 1900s to learn how farmers in China, Korea, and Japan were able to achieve successful harvests century after century without exhausting the soil-one of their most valuable natural resources. This book is the result of his extraordinary mission. A fascinating study of waste-free methods of cultivation, Farmers of Forty Centuries reveals the secrets of ancient farming methods and, at the same time, chronicles the travels and observations of a remarkable man. A well-trained observer who studied the actual conditions of life among agricultural peoples, King provides intriguing glimpses of Japan, China, Manchuria, and Korea; customs of the common people; the utilization of waste; methods of irrigation, reforestation, and land reclamation; the cultivation of rice, silk and tea; and related topics. Enhanced with more than 240 illustrations (most of them photographs), this book represents an invaluable resource for organic gardeners, farmers, and conservationists. It remains "one of the richest sources of information about peasant agriculture [and] one of the pioneer books on organic farming."-The Last Whole Earth Catalog
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