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The Global History of Organic Farming$
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Gregory A. Barton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199642533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199642533.001.0001

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The Search for Pre-Modern Wisdom

The Search for Pre-Modern Wisdom

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(p.80) 5 The Search for Pre-Modern Wisdom
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The Global History of Organic Farming
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Gregory A. Barton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199642533.003.0005

Over time, the myth of the peasant origins of the organic farming movement has come to prominence amongst those who advocate organic farming methods, with the belief being that, through his writings on organic farming, Howard had bequeathed to the West the ancient wisdom of the East. This chapter traces the origins of the organic farming protocols to Albert Howard, rather than pre-industrial peasant agriculture among the Hunza. It highlights that the Indore Methods of composting solved a practical need to raise soil fertility without the cost of chemical fertilizers, and draws attention to the unique accomplishments of Albert and Gabrielle Howard at Indore.

Keywords:   peasant wisdom, Hunzas, fertilizers, Albert Howard, Gabrielle Howard, soil fertility, Indore

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