The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn, Wendell Berry, Frances Moore

By Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn, Wendell Berry, Frances Moore Lappe

Name it “Zen and the paintings of Farming” or a “Little eco-friendly Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto approximately farming, consuming, and the boundaries of human wisdom provides a thorough problem to the worldwide platforms we depend on for our foodstuff. while, it's a religious memoir of a guy whose leading edge process of cultivating the earth displays a deep religion within the wholeness and stability of the wildlife. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the e-book “is important to us since it is without delay useful and philosophical. it truly is an inspiring, precious ebook approximately agriculture since it is not only approximately agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected either sleek agribusiness and centuries of agricultural perform, figuring out as an alternative that the easiest types of cultivation reflect nature’s personal legislation. Over the subsequent 3 many years he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” method: common sense, sustainable practices that each one yet cast off using insecticides, fertilizer, tillage, and maybe most importantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, devoted to sluggish foodstuff or just trying to dwell a more fit lifestyles, you'll find whatever here—you can even be moved to begin a revolution of your personal.

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Fukuoka determined his own course in the same way: "Eventually I decided to give my thoughts a form, to put them into practice, and so to determine whether my understanding was right or wrong. " When the specialist decides to take his own advice, and begins to do as he says, he breaks down the walls of his specialization. We listen to him then as we could not before, because he speaks with authority—not out of knowledge only, but out of knowledge and experience together. When Mr. Fukuoka speaks of what he calls his "do-nothing" methods of farming, a Westerner might appropriately be reminded of St.

Nature can do the work we have unnecessarily taken on ourselves, so what Fukuoka terms "natural farming" is less labor intensive. " We can enjoy "sitting back" and even being "lazy," writes Fukuoka. To make his point he tells of visiting ancient temples in which Japanese farmers of a bygone era left Haiku they'd composed during their three months of winter leisure. Today, he notes, farmers' three months of leisure have shrunk to days. There is no time to write poetry. Fukuoka tells us that truly successful agriculture requires not so much arduous labor as awareness, observation, connection, and persistence.

His farm is maintained by a regular schedule of field chores. What is done must be done properly and with sensitivity. Once the farmer has determined that a plot of land should grow rice or vegetables and has cast the seed, he must assume responsibility for maintaining that plot. To disrupt nature and then to abandon her is harmful and irresponsible. In the fall Mr. Fukuoka sows the seeds of rice, white clover, and winter grain onto the same fields and covers them with a thick layer of rice straw.

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