But what can we make of this? This was not an isolated event. It was
part of a series, apparently sponsored by a non-profit founded by
Vendan Shiva. The speech was part of the Sir Albert Howard Memorail
Lectures, or something similar to that. Shiva's lecture, which I
think came the year after Fukuoka spoke, appears many places. Francis
Moore Lappe spoke more recently. Her speech is on the web a few
places as well.
I have written the Shiva people and have never received a reply.
It is strange.
Anyone who gets any leads, please contact me at
as soon as you can.
> Fukuoka delivered what was apparently a blockbuster speech "The
>Greatest Mistakes of Mankind" on Oct 2, 2003 in India. [see
>google.com and search for
> "The Indus Telegraph Swaminathan Pays Lip Service to Fukuoka"
>click on the first listed entry].
> It attracted so many listeners that it had to be moved outside the
>International Center. Active members of the Fukuoka list were very
>much aware of Fukuoka's visit to India; if you search the archives
>for 2003 you will see plans to present Fukuoka with a gift of seeds
>in the name of the Fukuoka web site. List members repeatedly
>inquired as to the possibility of transcribing his speech or later
>buying a videotape--all to no avail.
> At least 2 members of the list reportedly attended the event but
>never posted any extensive commentary. Since then, the contents of
>the speech have remained shrouded in mystery. I have never seen or
>heard of a reference to an audio recording, print transcription, or
>videotape of Fukuoka's speech. Attendees remain oddly silent.
>Perhaps it was intended to be, like a mushroom, an ephemeral event?
> I, like you, would cherish the chance to recover even a fragment
>of "The Greatest Mistakes of Mankind." If you hear of any leads
>please let me know.
> Bob Monie
> Zone 8
> River Ridge/New Orleans, LA
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