Masanobu Fukuoka (福岡 正信?) (2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming and re-vegetation of desertified lands. He was a proponent of no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivation farming methods traditional to many indigenous cultures, from which he created a particular method of farming, commonly referred to as "Natural Farming" or "Do-nothing Farming". Fukuoka was the author of several Japanese books, scientific papers and other publications, and was featured in television documentaries and interviews from the 1970s onwards. His influences went beyond farming to inspire individuals within the natural food and lifestyle movements. Life Fukuoka was born on 2 February 1913 in Iyo, Ehime, Japan, the second son of Kameichi Fukuoka, an educated and wealthy land owner and local leader. Iyo, Ehime. Iyo, Ehime. In 1940, Fukuoka married his wife Ayako, and over his life they had five children together. Awards
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Richard LevinsRichard "Dick" Levins is a mathematical ecologist, and political activist. He is best known for his work on evolution in changing environments and on metapopulations. Levins' writing and speaking is extremely condensed. Levins also has written on philosophical issues in biology and modelling. Also with Lewontin, Levins has co-authored a number of satirical articles criticizing sociobiology, systems modeling in ecology, and other topics under the pseudonym Isadore Nabi. Biography Levins was born in New York on June 1, 1930. Levins studied agriculture and mathematics at Cornell. Levins is John Rock Professor of Population Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health. Evolution in changing environments Prior to Levins' work, population genetics assumed the environment to be constant, while mathematical ecology assumed the genetic makeup of the species involved to be constant.  Awards Selected bibliography Levins, R. References External links
Home PageFrances Moore Lappé | Small Planet InstituteFrances Moore Lappé is the author or co-author of 18 books including the three-million copy Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent work, released by Nation Books in September 2011, is EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want, winner of a silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Environment/Ecology/Nature category. Jane Goodall called the book "powerful and inspiring. "Ecomind will open your eyes and change your thinking. I want everyone to read it," she said. She is the cofounder of three organizations, including Oakland based think tank Food First and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, a collaborative network for research and popular education seeking to bring democracy to life, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. A small number of people in every generation are forerunners, in thought, action, spirit, who swerve past the barriers of greed and power to hold a torch high for the rest of us. —The Washington Post
Cyrano de BergeracHercule-Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac (6 March 1619 – 28 July 1655) was a French dramatist and duelist . In fictional works about his life he is featured with an overly large nose, which people would travel from miles around to see. Portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in works about him. Cyrano's work furnished models and ideas for subsequent writers. Life and works [ edit source | edit beta ] He is the son of Abel de Cyrano, lord of Mauvières and Bergerac, and Espérance Bellanger. Ishbel Addyman claims that he was not a Gascogne aristocrat , but a descendant of Sardinian fishmonger, that the Bergerac appellation stemmed from a small estate near Paris where he was born, and not in Gascogne, that he suffered tertiary syphilis , and that around 1640 he became the lover of Charles Coypeau d'Assoucy , a writer and musician, until around 1653, when they became engaged in a bitter rivalry. Death [ edit source | edit beta ] In 1998, James L.
Right Livelihood Award: 1988 - José Lutzenberger"...for his contribution to protecting the natural environment in Brazil and worldwide." José Lutzenberger, born in 1926, was a Brazilian agronomist who worked for 15 years with a multinational chemical corporation, but left in 1970 to start a vigorous and successful campaign against pesticides and for organic farming. What followed was great progress in Brazil among farmers large and small concerning organic crop management; increasing numbers of them began to use less poisons and turned to more regenerative methods of production. As an agronomist, interested in healthy, clean, sustainable agriculture, Lutzenberger went into sanitary engineering. Lutzenberger's activities in Brazil were combined with a gruelling international speaking schedule that took him regularly to many countries on all continents. From 1990 to '92 he was Special Secretary for the Environment to the President of Brazil. Lutzenberger passed away in 2002 at the age of 75.
John Lloyd StephensJohn Lloyd Stephens (November 28, 1805 – October 13, 1852) was an American explorer, writer, and diplomat. Stephens was a pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America and in the planning of the Panama railroad . Early life [ edit ] John Lloyd Stephens was born November 28, 1805, in the township of Shrewsbury, New Jersey . [ 1 ] He was the second son of Benjamin Stephens, a successful New Jersey merchant, and Clemence Lloyd, daughter of an eminent local judge. [ 2 ] The following year the family moved to New York City . There Stephens received an education in the Classics at two privately tutored schools. At the early age of 13 he enrolled at Columbia College , graduating at the top of his class four years later in 1822. [ 3 ] After working as a student-at-law for a year, he joined the Law School at Litchfield, Connecticut . After 8 years, he embarked on a journey through Europe in 1834, and went on to Egypt and the Levant , returning home in 1836.
Joel SalatinSalatin giving a tour of his farm Joel F. Salatin (born 1957) is an American farmer, lecturer, and author whose books include Folks, This Ain't Normal; You Can Farm; and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley. Biography In high school, Salatin began his own business selling rabbits, eggs, butter and chicken from his family farm at the Staunton Curb Market. He then attended Bob Jones University where he majored in English and was a student leader. Tired of "having his stories spiked," he decided to try farming full-time after first getting involved in a walnut-buying station run by two high school boys. Salatin's grandfather had been an avid gardener and beekeeper and a follower of J. Salatin with a flock of egg-laying hens that are housed in a large, portable coop, surrounded by predator-deterrent electric netting.
Rollo MayRollo Reece May (April 21, 1909 – October 22, 1994) was an American existential psychologist. He was the author of the influential book Love and Will, which was published in 1969. He is often associated with both humanistic psychology and existentialist philosophy. Biography May was born in Ada, Ohio, on April 21, 1909. He spent the final years of his life in Tiburon on San Francisco Bay. Accomplishments The Meaning of Anxiety was Rollo May's first book. Influences and psychological background May was influenced by American humanism, and interested in reconciling existential psychology with other philosophies, especially Freud's. Stages of development Like Freud, May defined certain "stages" of development. Innocence – the pre-egoic, pre-self-conscious stage of the infant. These are not "stages" in the traditional sense. Perspective on anxiety Anxiety is a major focus of Rollo May and is the subject of his work "The Meaning of Anxiety". 5 types of love: