Can garden farming be too successful?
<p><span class="inline inline-left"><img src="http://www.energybulletin.net/sites/default/files/images/f_2.thumbnail.jpg" alt="" title="" class="image image-thumbnail" width="84" height="100" /></span>One of my favorite books is the classic “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F.H. King, written in 1911. It details the way food was produced in much of Asia for something like four thousand years and still is in many places there. It was, according to King who traveled the area at that time, an amazing kind of small scale agriculture that, without chemical fertilizer or power machinery of any kind was producing more food per acre at the beginning of the 20th century than farming in America then or now. The way the Japanese, Koreans, and Chinese returned all organic wastes, including human manure, to the soil was an absolutely triumphant model of sustainable farming.</p>
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