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Acres U.S.A Reviews Sowing Seeds in the Desert

“Whether the masters of American agriculture will perceive the road to hell broiling in front of them and embark on a transformation remains to be seen. It is possible, even probable, that radical economies of water use will keep intensive irrigation agriculture going for a number of years in California’s Central Valley and on the High Plains. When real changes are made, however, the late Masanobu Fukuoka will play a part even if his name is never invoked and his books are nowhere to be seen.”

So says Chris Walters in his review of Fukuoka’s last work, Sowing Seeds in the Desert, in August’s issue of Acres U.S.A: The Voice of Eco-Agriculture.

You can download a PDF of the review here. And if the review piques your curiosity about Sowing Seeds, you can read the excerpt recently published by Common Dreams here.

This caring review isn’t the only treat awaiting subscribers to Acres U.S.A.. The magazine is also printing one of the most comprehensive, fascinating interviews with Sandor Ellix Katz since his new book The Art of Fermentation has hit bookstores. Acres has generously offered our readers a chance to download a pdf of the interview before their August issue hits newsstands. Find out how here.

If you aren’t already subscribers to Acres U.S.A., we invite you to take a look at the publication and consider subscribing.  If you do you’ll be supporting another independent publisher that shares our mission of promoting sustainable food, agriculture, and protecting the environment. You won’t be disappointed.


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