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Thought and practice of sustainable development in Chinese traditional agriculture

Thought and practice of sustainable development in Chinese traditional agriculture Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the sustainable development thought is one good reason why Chinese civilization is continuously developing, and it can be used as a reference for the development of Chinese agriculture today. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs a historical analysis approach to examine the sustainable thoughts concerning Chinese traditional agriculture, including view of sancai , farming season, fertility, the nature of matters, recycling, and economization. Findings – The results reveal that the nature of Chinese traditional agriculture is akin to ecological agriculture, which is precious heritage for China and the whole world. Originality/value – The originality of this paper is that it confirms the fundamental reason of the continuous development of Chinese civilization which, based on organization of sustainable development thought, lies in traditional agriculture. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Agricultural Economic Review Emerald Publishing

Thought and practice of sustainable development in Chinese traditional agriculture

China Agricultural Economic Review , Volume 1 (1): 13 – Sep 26, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2009 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1756-137X
DOI
10.1108/17561370910915393
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the sustainable development thought is one good reason why Chinese civilization is continuously developing, and it can be used as a reference for the development of Chinese agriculture today. Design/methodology/approach – The paper employs a historical analysis approach to examine the sustainable thoughts concerning Chinese traditional agriculture, including view of sancai , farming season, fertility, the nature of matters, recycling, and economization. Findings – The results reveal that the nature of Chinese traditional agriculture is akin to ecological agriculture, which is precious heritage for China and the whole world. Originality/value – The originality of this paper is that it confirms the fundamental reason of the continuous development of Chinese civilization which, based on organization of sustainable development thought, lies in traditional agriculture.

Journal

China Agricultural Economic ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Agriculture; Sustainable development; Ecology; China

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