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lec12 (dragged) 8 - Lectures 12 and 13 A 9 B Fig. 12-7....

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9 Lectures 12 and 13 the tea rose, but also food species such as Actinidia ( yantao , renamed Chinese gooseberry and later kiwifruit) and Asian plums enter the West. The Chinese system of organic production, once derided for its dependence on “human night soil,” was to have an important in f uence on present day Western agriculture. The key to the system was recycling of all nutrients. Everything organic including bones, leather, manure, straw was recycled. As population continued to increase, lack of innovation resulted in the stagnation of agriculture technology. Famines pro- duced in times of bad weather were exacerbated by erosion and deforestation. Despite the fact that yields were higher than in the West, much of the population lived on the edge of starvation. Ornamental Horticulture Horticulture became embedded in the culture of China through the establishment of rural retreats and urban gardens. Cultivating f owers was considered one of the seven arts and assumed mystic importance.
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