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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 alternate Paperback edition.
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But really this does not matter because his book is a plea to trust nature and work with nature and to honour traditional, gentle ways of relating to each other and our world. In our frantic, hurried, consumer oriented, greed and profit driven world, I love his inspiring and wise message of living simply with nature
The book does offer up some really interesting philosophies about the food we eat, the leisure time we've lost, commercialisation of our food supply and how we keep trying to find engineering and chemical solutions to problems...rather than just seeing the problem for what it really is.
I liked the book/manifesto for its gentleness, wisdom and clarity, and for the reason that he didn't claim to have all the answers...but geez, he did pony up some ideas that made me think including his belief that trees should not be pruned and his special approach called "do nothing farming" that saw him year after year out-yield "conventional" ie: chemical farmers. "Do nothing farming" doesn't mean you get to be lazy - so if you're looking for a book of gardening and agriculutral shortcuts you won't find it here - but that you use what you have available to work with nature rather than against her.
If you're a farmer like us at Honeycomb Valley Farm, a gardener or just care about the environment and the food you eat, this is a thoughtful book you'll definitely get something out of.