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The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – June 2, 2009
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"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, unhealthy eating habits and a whole destructive economy based on oil." --Harry Eyres, The Financial Times
"Fukuoka's do-nothing approach to farming is not only revolutionary in terms of growing food, but it is also applicable to other aspects of living, (creativity, child-rearing, activism, career, etc.) His holistic message is needed now more than ever as we search for new ways of approaching the environment, our community and life. It is time for us all to join his 'non-movement.'"—Keri Smith author of How to be an Explorer of the World
“Japan’s most celebrated alternative farmer...Fukuoka’s vision offers a beacon, a goal, an ideal to strive for.” —Tom Philpott, Grist
“The One-Straw Revolution shows the critical role of locally based agroecological knowledge in developing sustainable farming systems.” —Sustainable Architecture
“With no ploughing, weeding, fertilizers, external compost, pruning or chemicals, his minimalist approach reduces labour time to a fifth of more conventional practices. Yet his success in yields is comparable to more resource-intensive methods…The method is now being widely adopted to vegetate arid areas. His books, such as The One-Straw Revolution, have been inspirational to cultivators the world over.” —New Internationalist
Every now and then you read a book which is so inspiring and such a pleasure that you feel impelled to stride down the street shouting “read this!” Well, I’ve just read The One-Straw Revolution and I urge everyone to buy or borrow a copy without delay.
— Tom Hodgkinson, The Idler
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Japanese --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Despite his complaints about science and other yin-yang thinking, Fukuoka shows insights from a decade of scientific research in plant biology. His methods include rotating summer crops with winter nitrogen fixers, and use of cover crops for weed suppression, increased water retention and remediation of poor soil, among other natural agricultural practices now recommended by your local state extension office.
Fukuoka-san's teachings, stories, and rants are recorded by one of the many students (disciples, unpaid laborers) who sought wisdom or retreat at his rice paddies and mandarin orchards.
The more we try to discriminate and categorize nature, and life, the less we know. The more we learn to live with nature, and accept it as something beyond our understanding, the more fulfilling and happy our lives will be.
It makes sense and dovetails perfectly to someone interested in Agro- forestry or Permaculture.
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I know this isn't going to make me a lot of friends because for some reason the farming community loves this book.Read more