Good Books - New Sustainable Ag Book

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  1. Sarah

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    Just want to let everyone know about a fantastic book that is newly published called
    "Small Steps Towards Abundance; Crops for a More Sustainable Agriculture"
    by Dr. Elaine M. Solowey. Elaine is a master horticulturist who founded the Center
    for Sustainable Agriculture at the Arava Institute in Israel.

    She has spent a lifetime working on adapting cultivars to harsh climates.
    Her book asks the question "Is it possible to create abundance in the world?"
    answers with a firm "yes" and proceeds to break down the problem of world hunger
    into fundamental problems beginning with the health of the soil, then
    proposes solutions and includes a lengthy encyclopedia of cultivars that she has
    identified as being potentially useful to create sustainable agriculture.
    Also included are discussions of why conventional fertilizers, monoculture farms and
    genetically modified cultivars are damaging to the ecology and the dinnerplate, and overviews
    of alternative methods of agriculture.

    The book is interesting and easily understandable for the layperson,
    and contains a wealth of information that will be valuable to gardeners,
    farmers, agronomists, developmental planners etc. It is available from Bibliobooks at
    https://www.bibliobooks.com/elaine_solowey.html and I highly recommend it.


    Sarah Kopp
     
  2. Chook Nut

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    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for sharing..... i love getting ahold of good recommendations. Problem is i have too many books on the go at once :O

    Can i ask whether you have read this book?, where you got it(was it available anywhere in Australia?), or if you bought it over the net?

    Has anyone bought books over the net b4 and have they had any probs or if they recommend a supplier?

    I am curious as i would like to get ahold of some titles from an American site https://www.ecobooks.com
    I havent been able to buy any of these titles at the major bookstores here is Oz. Particular a title called 'Shattering'. I am hesitant b/c of credit card fraud is all!

    Many thanks

    Dave
     
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    I've bought books over the net from the UK (one of the big suppliers, amazon or similar) without any problems.
     
  4. Chook Nut

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    Thanks Mont.... did you have much drama with the currency difference? and was the postage price ok?

    Cheers..... Dave
     
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    Hi People,

    Another source that is worth looking at is located in WA - thru https://www.aoi.com.au/granny/ - they have a huge range of stuff available on all manner of subjects of interest to permies.

    Cheers,

    DD
     
  6. Chook Nut

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    Thanks Darren,

    Gosh... there are a lot of titles to sift through on that site! :O

    I contacted EcoBooks and they were helpful in the information that i was after. Will give them a go and let you all know how i went.(thats if anybody is interested in knowing :;): )

    Cheers.... Dave
     
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    Just to answer chook nut's question of 31/10: no dramas with the currency difference, because the books seem to be cheap enough in the UK that, even when you times it by 2 and a half, they're either the same or cheaper than what you'd pay here. And postage was reasonable, less than 10 bucks.

    Mont
     
  8. Chook Nut

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    Thanks Mont,

    I ended up finding the titles i wanted cheaper at Amazon. The order is on its way. Postage for 3 books was $21US, so just a matter of seing what the conversion rate ends up being.

    Will keep you posted on the outcome.

    Cheers

    Dave
     

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