The One-Straw Revolution
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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
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
This outstanding book by Masanobu Fukuoka is one such. And the new paradigm it introduced to me is both comfortable ...more
Fukuoka practices natural farming, which means being cooperative with nature instead of trying to pretend that we humans know more and can do better. He tries to create a system that nature's mechanism does its best. No more pesticide, herbicide, not even pruning, weeding, etc. He simply finds (and some scientif ...more
Fukuoka advocates his idea of natural farming (important his distinction: it's not 'abandonment' farming, it does require work), summarised in 5 points: no cultivation, no chemical fertilizer or prep ...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
I am a firm believer that understanding and obeying nature are essential steps towards fulfillment on both individual and social levels, and this book gives expression to that belief better than any I have ever read. Mr. Fukuoka's essential question that took him 30 years to answer is " ...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
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
"When I go to the fields or the orchard I say to myself: make no promises, forget about yesterday, do not think about tomorrow, put sincere effort into each day's work and leave no footprints here on earth."
"Nature can never be unederstood or improved upon human effort."
One night as I wandered, I collapsed in exhaustion on a hill overlooking the harbor, finally dozing against the trunk of a large tree. I lay there, neither asleep nor awake, until dawn. I can still remember that it was the morning of the 15th of May. In a daze I watched t...more
Our meddling intellect
Misshapes the beauteous forms of things --
We murder to dissect.
He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy,
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.
Fukuoka: When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the effort to possess them, the essence of natural farmi ...more
I like the ideas, to put everything in simple, live in the present, harmony with the nature and be happy.
Somehow when the author wrote about doing nothing, I can understand his reason, but I disagree with that idea. One can do nothing, feel content and happy. Another can try the best to reach out what he wants, to go through life boldly with no regrets and still feel content and happy. Once he had the idea that trying is not good, he already separated his ...more
‘The One-Straw Revolution-An Introduction to Natural Farming’ by Dr. Masanobu Fukuoka
‘The One-Straw Revolution-An Introduction to Natural Farming’ by Dr. Masanobu Fukuoka is based on the following theme: “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but cultivation and perfection of human beings”, and we are always developing new ways to attain this by absorbing from the existing perfect nature.
Through his work Dr. Fukuoka has enhanced our vision about the im ...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
I’m not alone. It turns out that so much of what we’ve been told about gardening and farming over the past few decades — from the usage of pesticides and fertilizers to the annual tilling of soil — has turned out not only to be bad for the soil but bad for the planet.
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (translated ...more
Fukuoka's book, though, left me wanting. I couldn't get over the constant references to the concept of "nature" or "natural" made throughout. In agriculture, "natural" as a label confounds me. No agricultural products are produced naturally. That would be silly. The whole idea of agriculture is to create ...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
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While recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, Fukuoka experienced a moment of satori or p ...more