Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan
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 traveled to Asia to study their ancient farming methods and 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.
This amazing study of waste-free methods of cultivation shares the secrets of ancient farming methods while sharing the travels of a remarkable man who studied the conditions among agricultural peoples of Japan, China, Manchuria, and Korea at the turn of the last century. You’ll learn about their customs, their use of waste, irrigation methods, reforestation and land reclamation, cultivation of rice and tea and much more. Features over 240 illustrations and photos.