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
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
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
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
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
"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 came to this book thinking it would be a practical case study of no-till farming. It was, but it was also a philosophical, metaphysical, scientific and personal exploration of the relationship of people to food, farming, nature, and work.
I’m at an age where I’m hard to surprise, but Fukuoka’s philosophy was very new to me. I’ve gotten a lot out of recent books or articles I’ve read prom ...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.
Fukuoka inspires the youth to take up the responsibility to preach and practise the natural methods of farming and imbibes a search for nature connection already present in humans.
Human intellect according to the author is in mad race to inv ...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
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While recovering from a severe attack of pneumonia, Fukuoka experienced a moment of satori or p ...more