The One-Straw Revolution
This book made me realize that something else is possible.
The author writes that he is a farmer in Japan who gets rice yields that meet or eclipse the most highly productive regions in Japan, yet he:
- uses no artificial fertilizer
- does not plow
- does not sow seed but rather tosses it on the ground and forgets it
- does not weed
- does no insect control
- works far fewer hours than those who use the above
His descriptions of...more
However, his arguments fall flat left and right throughout this easy read. At one moment he will be professing the subjectivity...more
This outstanding book by Masanobu Fukuoka is one such. And the new paradigm it introduced to me is both comfortable...more
"_The One-Straw Revolution_ is one of the founding documents of the alternative food movement, and indispensable to anyone hoping to understand the future of food and agriculture."—Michael Pollan
"Only the ignorant could write off Fukuoka, who died two years ago at the age of 95, as a deluded or nostalgic dreamer...Fukuoka developed ideas that went against the conventional grain....Long before the American Michael Pollan, he was making the connections between intensive agriculture, unheal
Really, to capture this guy's wit and humility and flashing intelligence, you really need to read the book. Possibly over and over. Outside would be best. In Japan-- perfect.
So, if I may debase his great ideas with my little summary, the idea of the book is that People Mess Up Nature. Even good farming practices, li...more
Up to page 110 now, a little past half way at 180 pages throughout. Having become interested in Permaculture (I suppose that is a proper name now), principles after hearing Bill Mollison speak around '94, and noticing Mr. Fukuoka's name among the literature and references within the discipline over the years, it is an unqualified pleasure to take in this translation from the Japanese, his life, ideas and practices. There is much...more
Starting from the thesis that life has no meaning, Mr. Fukuoka explains how this realization led him to his "do-nothing" farming method. His views of the Westernization of agriculture in Post WWII Japan lead to musings on how the Japanese have become removed not only from their food source, but also the...more
"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. Engineers cannot seem to get this through their heads. These countermeasures are all based on too narrow a definition of what is wrong. Human measures and countermeasures proceed from limited scientific truth and judgment. A true solution can never come about in this way."
It's hard to belie...more
The book seems to me to be way ahead of its time. It was originally written in the late 1970s, but it sounds like it could have been written today. Organic farming is fairly mainstream now, but it wasn't at the time Fukuoka wrote this book. It's amazing to think about the strength of mind it must have taken for Fukuoka to rethink farming from the ground up.
The ideas he shares about the role of science and the limits of human knowledge...more
It's also a beautiful story of one man...more
I have never grown rice or winter grains, and I probably never will. Yet, this book was absolutely captivating and exciting. Fukuoka’s approach to farming and to life is to seek non-acti...more
Buku ini sebenarnya mengetengahkan mengenai cara bertanam tanaman terutama yang sering dibahas disini adalah padi, buah-buahan, gandum gerst dan sayuran secara alami. Dengan kata pengantar dari Mochtar Lu...more
Remembering a great man: Masanobu Fukuoka
Sadly, natural farming innovator Masanobu Fukuoka passed away,
Saturday, August 16, 2008, at his home in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, Japan of
old age. He was 95.
Fukuoka authored a number of books including One S...more
"There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song."
"Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think this is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive."
"There is no one so great as the one who does not try to accomplish anything."
However, here are a couple of quotes I liked:
'To say it in a word, until there is a reversal of the sense of values which cares more for size and appearance than for quality, there will be no solving the problem of food pollution.'
'We have come to the point at which there is no other way than to bring about a "movement" not to bring anything about.'
'Let us say that the key to peace lies close to the earth.'
While recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, Fukuoka experienced a moment of satori or p...more