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The proverb states that we should "Treat the Earth well."
There is an old African proverb which says "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago."
Have you ever heard this old proverb?
May I refer you to the ancient proverb "Don't say what you don't want quoted later."
The grains of the bamboo are available for food, and the Chinese have a proverb that it produces seed more abundantly in years when the rice crop fails, which means, probably, that in times of dearth the natives look more after such a source of food.