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    Desert or Paradise: Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction (Paperback) By (author) Sepp Holzer, With Leila Dregger

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    DescriptionSepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 5,000 feet above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, and waterways, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures. Fans of Sepp Holzer have come from all over the world to see the productivity of his farm, a veritable permaculture paradise. His first book, Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, offers a detailed guide to what Holzer has achieved on his farm. Many readers might have wondered-but how can we achieve this on a global scale? Luckily, his newest book, Desert or Paradise, examines Holzer's core philosophy for increasing food production, earth health, and reconnecting mankind with nature, applied to reforestation and water conservation across the world. Through years of consultation with other countries, Holzer has developed a core philosophy for reconnecting mankind with nature even in arid or otherwise "lost-cause" regions. He details a process he calls "Grundierung," a term from painting meaning "base coat," which goes into great detail the importance of water, and Desert or Paradise offers his concept and guide to construction of large water reservoirs in arid, rainfall-dependent regions with examples from Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Portugal. Holzer describes the ecological and economic benefits of these changes, as well as the use of a variety of plant and animal species for further integration and regeneration of the surrounding areas, including reasons for reforestation and the cause and use of forest fires. Holzer also outlines his ten points of sustainable self-reliance and how these methods can help feed the world, such as the need to regulate the water budget, eliminate factory livestock farming, bring more fallow or unused areas into production, enlarge crop areas by using terracing and Holzer-style raised beds, regionalize instead of globalize, fight for land reform and engage in community building, go back to the ancient farming wisdom, and change the educational system. Also included are Holzer's ideas on beekeeping, humane slaughtering, nature spirits, the loss of roots in our society in general, and in politics especially.


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    Title
    Desert or Paradise
    Subtitle
    Restoring Endangered Landscapes Using Water Management, Including Lake and Pond Construction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sepp Holzer, With Leila Dregger
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 206
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 230 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781603584647
    ISBN 10: 1603584641
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: COU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S8.4
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 20
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24270
    BIC subject category V2: WMQ
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/ECOLGY
    BIC subject category V2: RNU
    BISAC V2.8: GAR022000
    Ingram Subject Code: TE
    B&T Approval Code: A71520000
    Libri: I-TE
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BIC subject category V2: TVF
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003070
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A70170000, A71010200
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 333.7153
    DC22: 333.7153, 333.95/415
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: QH541.15.R45 H6513 2012
    Publisher
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    Chelsea Green Publishing Co
    Publication date
    15 November 2012
    Publication City/Country
    White River Junction
    Review quote
    ForeWord Reviews- "Many climatologists are concerned that the recent spate of drought across several parts of the world is likely to become the new normal, which would prove particularly challenging for farmers, but will also affect everyone from city planners to rural landowners. Creating well-regulated water usage systems and better agriculture production methods are crucial for preventing widespread collapse or water shortages, and Sepp Holzer's excellent thoughts on the topic provide a handy guide for the type of solutions that are needed. Well known in the field of sustainable agriculture, Holzer first introduced his innovative water-retention ideas in Sepp Holzer's Permaculture, a handbook of small-scale, integrative farming techniques that drew on Holzer's experience as a farmer in Austria. Much like that useful volume, Desert or Paradise contains a wealth of practical tactics that can help prevent desertification, reverse poor water policies, and even create areas rich with orchards and crops. In his new book, Holzer offers examples from countries like Russia and Portugal to demonstrate the breadth of landscapes that can be healed with a greater emphasis on natural water management. He covers an immense range of topics, including using pigs to restore forest-fire areas, constructing ponds with proper shallow zones, restoring hydrological balance in the world, and abolishing industrial livestock farming. Despite the wide range of topics he covers, Holzer creates a cohesive, well-argued, and persuasive handbook that aims to help people "restore paradise." For Holzer, restoring the earth's balance isn't about economic development and squeezing a few more seasons out of an exhausted stretch of land. It's about a long-term and beneficial view of the world as a resource. He encourages farmers to become rebels, gardeners to become advocates, and everyone to become more self-reliant and community-minded. In a lively, accessible style