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The One-Straw Revolution The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
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“I do not particularly like the word 'work.' Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that 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. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“If 22 bushels (1,300 pounds) of rice and 22 bushels of winter grain are harvested from a quarter acre field, then the field will support five to ten people each investing an average of less than one hour of labour per day. But if the field were turned over to pasturage, or if the grain were fed to cattle, only one person could be supported per quarter acre. Meat becomes a luxury food when its production requires land which could provide food directly for human consumption. This has been shown clearly and definitely. Each person should ponder seriously how much hardship he is causing by indulging in food so expensively produced.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“In my opinion, if 100% of the people were farming it would be ideal. If each person were given one quarter-acre, that is 1 1/4 acres to a family of five, that would be more than enough land to support the family for the whole year. If natural farming were practiced, a farmer would also have plenty of time for leisure and social activities within the village community. I think this is the most direct path toward making this country a happy, pleasant land.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Food and medicine are not two different things: the are the front and back of one body.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“People think they understand things because they become familiar with them. This is only superficial knowledge. It is the knowledge of the astronomer who knows the names of the stars, the botanist who knows the classification of the leaves and flowers, the artist who knows the aesthetics of green and red. This is not to know nature itself- the earth and sky, green and red. Astronomer, botanist, and artist have done no more than grasp impressions and interpret them, each within the vault of his own mind. The more involved they become with the activity of the intellect, the more they set themselves apart and the more difficult it becomes to live naturally.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“But intending to understand ten things, you actually do not understand even one. If you know a hundred flowers you do not “know” a single one.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Food and medicine are not two different things: they are the front and back of one body. Chemically grown vegetables may be eaten for food, but they cannot be used as medicine.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“I wonder how it is that people's philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“At first people ate simply because they were alive and because food was tasty. Modern people have come to think that if they do not prepare food with elaborate seasonings, the meal will be tasteless. If you do not try to make food delicious, you will find that nature has made it so.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Kebudayaan yang benar dilahirkan di alam, sederhana, rendah hati, dan murni”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Speaking biologically, fruit in a slightly shriveled state is holding its respiration and energy consumption down to the lowest possible level. It is like a person in meditation: his metabolism, respiration, and calorie consumption reach an extremely low level. Even if he fasts, the energy within the body will be conserved. In the same way, when mandarin oranges grow wrinkled, when fruit shrivels, when vegetables wilt, they are in the state that will preserve their food value for the longest possible time.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“If nature is left to itself, fertility increases. Organic remains of plants and animals accumulate and are decomposed on the surface by bacteria and fungi. With the movement of rainwater, the nutrients are taken deep into the soil to become food for microorganisms, earthworms, and other small animals. Plant roots reach to the lower soil strata and draw the nutrients back up to the surface.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“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.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“bukannya teknik bertanam yang merupakan faktor yang paling penting, melainkan lebih kepada pikiran petaninya.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
“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.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Fast rather than slow, more rather than less--this flashy "development" is linked directly to society's impending collapse. It has only served to separate man from nature. Humanity must stop indulging the desire for material possessions and personal gain and move instead toward spiritual awareness.
Agriculture must change from large mechanical operations to small farms attached only to life itself. Material life and diet should be given a simple place. If this is done, work becomes pleasant, and spiritual breathing space becomes plentiful.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Wajah alam merupakan sesuatu yang tidak dapat dikenal”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming
“Kenyataanya ilmu diet barat menciptakan masalah-masalah yang jauh lebih banyak daripada memecahkannya”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“I believe that even 'returning-to-nature' and anti pollution activities, no matter how commendable, are not moving toward a genuine solution if they are carried out solely in reaction to the over development of the present age.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Orang sekarang ini makan dengan pikiran mereka, tidak dengan tubuh mereka”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Jika kita mengelami krisis bahan makanan bukanlah disebabkan oleh daya produktifitas alam yang tidak mencukupi, melainkan oleh keinginan manusia yang berlebih-lebihan”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“I believe that if one fathoms deeply one's own neighborhood and the everyday world in which he lives, the greatest of worlds will be revealed.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“We can never know the answers to great spiritual questions, but it's all right not to understand. We have been born and are living on the earth to face directly the reality of living.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Non c'è nessuno così grande come chi non cerca di realizzare niente.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Tujuan akhir bertani bukanlah penanaman tanaman tetapi pengembangan dan penyempurnaan keadaan manusia”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Ketika untuk pertama kalinya saya berhasil menanam padi dengan metoda tanpa pengolahan, saya merasa benar-benar puas seperti apa yang dirasakan Colombus ketika ia menemukan benua Amerika”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“Before researchers become researchers they should become philosophers. They should consider what the human goal is, what it is that humanity should create.Doctors should first determine at the fundamental level what it is that human beings depend on for life...
Modern scientific agriculture, on the other hand, has no such vision. Research wanders about aimlessly, each researcher seeing just one part of the infinite array of natural factors which affect harvest yields.
Even though it is the same quarter acre, the farmer must grow his crops differently each year in accordance with variations in weather, insect populations, the condition of the soil, and many other natural factors. Nature is everywhere in perpetual motion; conditions are never exactly the same in any two years.
Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experiences. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
“The heart that loves the wicked ego creates the hated enemy.”
Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

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