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Beside me was a tree, one lone tree. That tree was locally famous because it was the only tree anywhere in that vicinity; yet its presence proved that once there had been a forest over most of that land-now treeless and waste. The farmers of a past generation had cleared the forest. They had plowed the sloping land and dotted it with hamlets. Many workers had been busy with flocks and teams, going to and fro among the shocks of grain. Year by year the rain has washed away the loosened soil. The hamlets in my valley below the Great Wall are shriveled or gone. Only gullies remain -a wide and sickening expanse of gullies, more sickening to look upon than the ruins of fire. You can rebuild after a fire. Can anything be done about it? Yes, something can be done. Therefore, this book is written to persons of imagination who love trees and love their country, and to those who are interested in the problem of saving natural resources-an absolute necessity. . . (From Chapter 1)

This is the classic work on tree crops. Russell Smith was 50 years ahead of his time, writing the basic text on agroforestry long before there was such a thing. He travelled widely and saw it all coming. The best book about trees -- it's inspired generations of environmental activists. A highly readable blueprint for the development of high-yield tree crops showing that vast, untapped food sources can be harvested from common species of trees. Smith says agriculture must be "adapted to physical conditions," that "farming should fit the land." He observed worldwide the catastrophe of hill agriculture which he described so accurately as "forest-field-plow-desert."



Detail Penerbitan

  • Terbit: 1929
  • Penerbit: Island Press
  • ISBN-10: 1329135075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1329135079
  • Dewey Decimal: 634.9
  • Perpustakaan ECHO: 634.9 SMI
  • Perpustakaan ECHO Asia: PH.022