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New uploads in the Small Farms library

  • Subject: [cg] New uploads in the Small Farms library
  • From: Keith Addison <keith@journeytoforever.org>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 22:06:41 +0900

Hello all

I've just uploaded three books by the estimable Dr. G.T. Wrench to 
the Small Farms library at Journey to Forever. Wrench was a most 
intelligent writer, he's a delight to read. Highly recommended. You 
can access them from here:

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library.html#Wrench_WoH

"The Wheel of Health" by G.T. Wrench, Daniel, 1938
Dr. Wrench's classic exploration of the Hunza, a mountain people 
renowned for their longevity and vigor. By approaching the problem of 
disease from the angle of a study of a perfectly healthy people, 
Wrench shows that health depends on environmental wholeness, of which 
a whole diet is the vital factor, and that a whole diet means not 
only the right sorts of foods, but their right cultivation as well. 
An examination of the agricultural technique of the most successful 
cultivators of East and West shows what an essential part of the 
wheel of health -- from man to soil, from soil to plant, from plant 
to man -- is the farmer's renewal and protection of the soil.

"The Restoration of the Peasantries, With especial reference to that 
of India" by G.T. Wrench, Daniel, 1939.
Argues, in Wrench's wise and admirable style, that the health -- 
indeed, the very continuation of our civilization -- depends on the 
health and prosperity of agricultural producers, and shows how the 
thrust of finance-based civilization has worked to destroy their very 
existence. A fascinating look at how villages work -- and how they're 
reduced to poverty and worse.

"Reconstruction by Way of the Soil" by G. T. Wrench, Faber and Faber, 1946
An outline history of the relation between civilization and the soil, 
by a most intelligent writer. A universal history of agriculture and 
a series of striking examples of the effects of civilizations upon 
their primary biological resources. Dr. Wrench states the essential 
principles of sound agronomy and gives examples of their fulfilment 
or violation in China, Mesopotamia, the Roman Empire, Islamic Spain, 
England, in Africa since the coming of the Europeans, in Egypt and 
India and the Dutch Empire, in the British colonies, in the U.S.S.R. 
and in the U.S.A. An eloquent plea for the recognition of natural 
laws in the symbiosis of soil and civilization.

Best wishes

Keith Addison

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