On the island of Bali in Southeast Asia, rice farming is a way of life The people live in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles of the water and the soil Ingrained in their community and culture, rice farming connects them to the land and one another Balinese farmers have planted rice using an intricate system of water sharing and crop rotation for than a thousand years Intertwined with their spiritual, social, and day to day lives, this system has made Bali a leading producer of one of the world s most important crops And because Balinese rice farming respects the balances of nature, it serves as a remarkable example of sustainable agriculture in an increasingly industrialized world With lush photographs and captivating text, Jan Reynolds explores the traditional world of rice farming on the beautiful island of Bali Readers of all ages will come away with an enhanced awareness of how we farm, eat, and live today, and the effects these practices have on the world of tomorrow....
|Title||:||Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming|
|Publisher||:||Lee Low Books April 30, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
|File Size||:||875 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming Reviews
This is a wonderful, educational book! I presented this lesson to my kindergarten class when we were studying Asia.
This book was for one of my science classes and it was just what I needed. I had to use this book for a report!
In Bali, an Indonesian island is Southeast Asia, has a long history of sustainable agriculture, primarily for raising rice. Fresh water is extremely important to the success of their crops and "hydroengineering has harnessed these waters for more than a thousand years." Agricultural traditions, passed down from generation to generation, also include giving thanks to Dewi Danu "for blessing them with pure, life-giving water." Traditionally Bali was the best rice producing area in Indonesia and continued to be until the "Green Revolution" came about. When hybrid rice and a different agricultural process was instituted it didn't spell green, it spelled d-i-s-a-s-t-e-r!
While many people know Indonesia's island of Bali for its tourist industry, fewer know that Bali is a leading global producer of rice. Much of the island is covered with lush terraced rice fields, with harvests that have flourished for centuries due to the exceedingly rich soil. Also contributing to the plentiful harvests over time have been an elaborate irrigation system that involves hand-made canals and waterways, a careful system of water sharing between farmers, and a balanced method of crop rotation. This beautifully-illustrated and carefully-researched book provides valuable insight into Bali's system of sustainable farming and the risks associated with trying to modernize a traditional system with new rice seeds, chemical fertilizers, and mechanized techniques.
With photography and words, this picture book presents the ancient ritual of the cycle of water and the cycle of rice in Thailand, from temples to fields, from seeds to rice-bearing plants, and from fallow seeds to ducks. This book celebrates the rhythms of the natural cycles in Thailand, despite emerging technology, finding strength and fertility in the ancient harmony of life. This is a good resource about sustainable farming for children ages 5-8.