Title: Cycle of Rice, Cycle of Life: A Story of Sustainable Farming
Author and Illustrator: Jan Reynolds
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Concepts: natural resources, human resources, agricultural economics
Review: 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.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children