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Jun
2004

World's Lands Fast Turning to Desert

Can we form a critical mass of political will somehow, penetrating the wall of corporate intransigence? It would be tough, and seemingly impossible, very implausible at least, i know. But when the survival of all and everything is clearly at stake, and that's coming in clearer focus all the time, what was once impossible, suddenly becomes very do-able. But how?

First, it's not just the land, but we're also managing to turn the oceans into a lifeless form of desert. Maybe you heard the recent news of vast dead zones found in our oceans.

Well, I don't know about the oceans, but i imagine the existing methods of regreening deserts, reclaiming fertility, apply equally in the oceans. And just as we can improve a region's microclimate, this serves the macro scale if coordinated with other regions, no doubt what we do above board (i mean on land, above sea level) would help resurrect those dead zones.

Simply halting "scorched earth" resource extraction methods, and restoring forests, with their native diversity, in still somewhat fertile regions (meaning which receive adequate rainfall), we can build on that fertility, increasing rainfall and spreading it wider.

Anyway, there is a lot to it. Beneath these articles on the desertifying state of our Earth and on what the UN's convention they''re holding on combating it, is an interview with a guy who really does know what he's talking about, Masanobu Fukuoka. Please see below:

UN: World's Lands Fast Turning to Desert KRON 4 Bay Area - Jun 15 12:56 PM
Posted: June 15, 2004 at 12:33 p.m. UNITED NATIONS (AP)

The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.

//www.kron4.com/Global/story.asp?S=1943632


World is drying up at a fast pace, says UN CTV.ca - Jun 15 1:53 PM
UNITED NATIONS

The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.

//www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1087330458069_82739658/?hub=World

UNCCD - United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification ... of the adoption of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. The year 2004 will constitute the tenth such ...

Copyright © 2004 UN Convention to Combat Desertification. ...
//www.unccd.int/main.php


Greening The DesertApplying natural farming techniques in Africaan

Interview with Masanobu Fukuoka, by Robert and Diane Gilman
One of the articles in Sustainable Habitat (IC#14)
Autumn 1986, Page 37
Copyright (c)1986, 1997 by Context Institute

Masanobu Fukuoka is another of the major pioneers of sustainable agriculture who came to the 2nd International Permaculture Conference. We spoke with him a few days before the conference while he was visiting the Abundant Life Seed Foundation in Port Townsend, Washington.

He likes to say of himself that he has no knowledge, but his books, including One-Straw Revolution and The Natural Way of Farming illustrate that he at least has wisdom. His farming method involves no tillage, no fertilizer, no pesticides, no weeding, no pruning, and remarkably little labor! He accomplishes all this (and high yields) by careful timing of his seeding and careful combinations of plants (polyculture). In short, he has brought the practical art of working with nature to a high level of refinement.

In this interview, he describes how his natural farming methods might be applied to the world's deserts, based on his experience in Africa during 1985. Translation assistance for the interview was provided by Katsuyuki Shibata and Hizuru Aoyama.

read the interview: //www.context.org/ICLIB/IC14/Fukuoka.htm


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