The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming

The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming

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ISBN-13: 9781590173923
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 09/08/2010
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 354,638
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008) was born and raised on the Japanese island of Shikoku. He was the oldest son of a rice farmer who was also the local mayor. Fukuoka studied plant pathology and worked for number of years as a produce inspector in the customs office in Yokohama. But in 1938 he returned to his village home determined to put his ideas about natural farming into practice. During World War II, he worked for the Japanese government as a researcher on food production, managing to avoid military service until the final few months of the war. After the war, he returned to Shikoku to devote himself wholeheartedly to farming. And in 1975, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernization, Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution. In his later years, Fukuoka was involved with several projects to reduce desertification throughout the world. He remained an active farmer until well into his eighties, and continued to give lectures until only a few years before his death at the age of ninety-five. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service.

Frances Moore Lappé is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She has co-founded three organizations, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel.” She has received seventeen honorary doctorates and has been a visiting scholar at MIT.

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Ethan_S More than 1 year ago
This is, without a doubt, one of the most transformative books I have read. Fukuoka's techniques are simple and his prose thoroughly stimulating (translated, of course). While many of his theories on natural farming aligned with my initial convictions, others shed new light on farming, eating and life in ways I did not expect. If you are a farmer or gardener, you will likely find yourself daunted but, at the same time, empowered by the simplicity of Fukuoka's narrative. This book is an absolute necessity for anyone who professes an interest in food or farming, and especially those enticed by the allure of the modern 'organic' movement. It's not an investigation into industrial farming or a purely instructional book but, instead, a deeply philosophical discussion of life and farming and our role as confused little beings who try so desperately and vainly to improve upon nature. If you have read any of Michael Pollan's books, you will notice a similar appreciation for the elegance and complexity of the natural world in Fukuoka's writing; Fukuoka just happened to be writing about it several decades earlier.
hrick on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not just a book about organic farming, this is also a book about living in harmony with the way things actually are. For example, the author says that if you prune a fruit tree one time, it will begin to grow in an unnatural way and you will have to keep pruning it forever; even natural fertilizers should be applied very sparingly; and so forth. But most importantly, to me, the author simply went out into the countryside and started living the way he wanted to live; he didn't waste any time on crusading or campaigning.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read for anyone interested in anything agriculture, or for anyone simply trying to live a more natural life while being more connected with nature. This book is as much about philosophy as it is about "no nonsense" farming, and I found it instantly applicable to my life in more areas then just farming. I will definitely end up revisiting this book again. Highly recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ahead of its time. If you want to read with an open mind then I suggest you read this.
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