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August 11, 2009

land laws – same in Japan?

A very interesting line in Fukuoka’s book, “The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy“:

The problem boils down to this: only scoundrels, the clever, and those in power stand to gain from the issuance and abuse of a barrage of capricious laws. The net result is that the land is being taken out of the hands of farmers. The Agricultural Land Law, established to protect tenant farmers, today serves no other purpose than to thwart the hopes of those wishing to become farmers.

This guy had a high coolness factor. This is the exact same anguish that I share about land laws in India. It is too difficult to be a one acre farmer. BTW, the “Other India Bookstore” is an excellent place to buy difficult to find books such as the one straw revolution. I bought a couple of books from them and they were delivered in impeccable condition within four days. Excerpts of the book can be read on scribd.

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