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The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
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The One-Straw Revolution (1975)

by Masanobu Fukuoka

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It really is an amazing book. Ok, fine, not every detail of what Fukuoka proposes would work elsewhere, for example where there are harsh winters, but the idea of living simply, of letting nature guide farming practices, of not using chemicals and not tilling for a monoculture, is exceedingly valuable. And what a healthy way to live - eating hydroponic tomatoes and commuting to an office job and relaxing in front of the tv will kill you a lot faster than living on a few acres and growing your own food, relaxing by shelling peas kind of thing. I know, it sound corny, but in this gentleman's voice, it sounds not only lovely but plausible, even necessary.

From the introduction by Larry Korn: The fundamental distinction is that Mr. Fukuoka farms by cooperating with nature rather than trying to 'improve' upon nature by conquest."

A quote from Mr. F.: "When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do." The examples given make it clear that we need to bear this in mind not just in farming, but in the rest of our lives. Get more fresh air and exercise, to make your whole body healthier, and you won't need to pop as many pills (which cost money which lack of sufficient causes one stress which makes one feel the need for more pills). We all know this - but Mr. F. encourages one to feel it strongly enough to begin to practice it.

Another example of how a person can live more completely and holistically by living more simply: "When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."

Or try this: "In nature there is life and death, and nature is joyful. In human society there is life and death, and people live in sorrow."

Lest you think this is 'too deep' for you, note that there is humor, too. Mr. F. notes that Einstein was given the Nobel Prize for explaining something about physics. "His explanation is bewildering, however, and it caused people to think that the world is complex beyond all possible understanding. A citation of 'disturbing the peace of the human spirit' should have been awarded instead.'"" ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
This book is a great argument for authentically natural farming - farming that follows most closely the behavior of nature. Fukuoka is known as the Father of Permaculture, and his methods he used in Japan were unheard of, and extremely underrated. The actual methods explained in the book aren't as applicable (unless you live in Japan) as the concepts discussed in the book and its overall theme. A short, good read that I'll likely reference while planning my own garden! ( )
  kristilabrie | Mar 6, 2016 |
This guy developed a simple way to farm and have the soil gain in fertility. Kinda cool. ( )
  Bruce_Deming | Feb 5, 2016 |
Fukuoka is a wise and philosophical Japanese farmer. He tells how to raise food without all the effort, and yet still get the same or better results. No weeding, no plowing. His method improves the soil every year. And he does all this on the side of a mountain. An incredible read. ( )
  Colby_Glass | Jul 2, 2015 |
This was a fascinating book about one Japanese farmer's approach to agriculture and small-scale organic farming as both a practical pursuit and a spiritual path. I will probably re-read it. ( )
  Amelia_Smith | May 2, 2015 |
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Fukuoka, MasanobuAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Korn, LarryEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Call it Zen and the Art of Farming or a Little Green Book, Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book 'is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture'. Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature's own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called do-nothing technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort." -- Book cover.… (more)

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