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
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
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
This outstanding book by Masanobu Fukuoka is one such. And the new paradigm it introduced to me is both comfortable ...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
The One-Straw Revolution follows Masanobu Fukuoka’s path from an existentialist youth to an agricultural researcher to a natural farmer and philosopher. He develops a method of growing he calls do-nothing farming. He doesn’t advocate for literally doing nothing, but instead for taking a holistic look at farming and interfering with nature as little as possible. The world has become so specialized, he argues, that people have trouble seeing how things relate to one ...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
My way was opposite. I was aiming at a pleasant, natural way of farming which results in making the work easier instead of harder. "How about not doing this? How about not doing that?" -- that was my way of thinking. I ultimately reached the conclusion that ...more
The book is divided into five parts, the first and the fifth focused more on Fukuoka’s spiritual journey and philosophical musings (A complex mix of Bergson’s Intuition, Primitivism and Skepticism). Those parts can be safely skipped if one is o ...more
In the same way that the Susan Schaeffer McAuley book titled For the Children’s Sake shaped and changed my understanding of what homeschooling was, this book helped change my understanding of what it was to garden and grow vegetables.
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
I think this is one of those books that was so revolutionary at the time of its publishing that it changed the industry and now most, if not all, of his principles are relatively mainstream. There were definitely some beautiful passages and I do agree with a lot of his philosophy about nature vs. the modern Western world. But many of his tangents and stories were redundant and came off as pretentious/hypocritical/overly nihilistic, especially in the second half of the book.
Although maybe it's too much to say that The One-Straw Revolution is simply a book about farming. It encompasses so much -- philosophy, nature and man's role in it, man's relation to man, and an endorsement and explanation of natural farming methods as (re)discovered by Masanobu Fukuoka, unapologetic cantankerous Japanese ojisan. ...more
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While recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, Fukuoka experienced a moment of satori or p ...more