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The One-Straw Revolution is copyrighted and in print. You can find it here on Amazon or here from New York · Review of Books. You may also be interested in . 41 quotes from The One-Straw Revolution: ‘I do not particularly like the word ‘ work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think tha. The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics) [Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn, Wendell Berry, Frances.

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Archived from the original on 10 December From this experience I think most farmers have come to realize that it is undesirable to eliminate predators because in the long run greater insect damage will result. A thousand years ago agriculture was practiced in Japan without plowing, and it was not until the Tokugawa Era years ago that shallow cultivation was introduced.

It may seem a boring book because it has very few pictures and they are black and white but it is full of knowledge.

Wendell Berry Introduction Near a small village on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan, Masanobu Fukuoka has been developing a method of natural farming which could help to reverse the degenerative momentum of modern agriculture. In he was hospitalised with pneumoniaand while recovering, he stated that he had a profound spiritual experience that transformed his world view [7] [8] [9] and led him to doubt the practices of modern “Western” agricultural science.

In general, people are only concerned with whether this kind of farming onne an advance into the future or a revival of times past. Fujii, a teacher at Yasuki Agricultural High School in Shimane Prefecture, wanted to try direct seeding and came to visit my farm.

After threshing, all of the straw is scattered over the field. The clods should be left to dry for a day or two or until they can be easily rolled between the palms into pellets. A single step away from the source can only lead one astray.

This is fine as long as there are trees to cut. There are several diseases of rice which will infect the crop if fresh rice straw is applied to the field.

The One-Straw Revolution

Those which do survive, however, must be pulled by hand or uprooted with a hand weeding tool. Rice straw works well as a mulch for winter grain, and the straw of winter grain works best for the rice.


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That which was viewed as primitive and backward is now unexpectedly seen to be far ahead of modern science. Once he has seen to it that conditions have been tilted in favor of his crops, Mr. The natural predators were completely exterminated, and the resulting problems still survive in many prefectures. It is connected with everything, with fertility, with germination, with weeds, with keeping away sparrows, with wate3r management.

Must read for all those who are seeking little more value and happiness in life. Seeing the fields from the standpoint of his own specialty, every one of these researchers has found them at least satisfactory, if not remarkable. But this way of thinking completely misses the point.

The One-Straw Revolution Quotes by Masanobu Fukuoka

When we change the starw we grow our food, we change our food, we change society, we change our values. To provide animal manure to help decompose the straw, I used to let ducks loose in the fields.

In the preface to the US editions of The One-Straw RevolutionWendell Berry wrote that Fukuoka’s techniques are not “directly applicable to most American farms,” but ultimately concludes that it would be “a mistake to assume that the practical passages of this book are worthless Fukuoka experienced the realization which was to form the basis of his life’s work and which was to be the theme of this book, The One-Straw Revolution.

This has been shown clearly and definitely. Besides the agricultural jobs, there are the rveolution chores of carrying water, cutting firewood, cooking, preparing the hot bath, taking care of the goats, feeding the chickens and collecting their eggs, minding the bee hives, thd and occasionally constructing new huts, and preparing miso soybean paste and tofu soybean curd.

He was the oldest son of a rice farmer who was also the local mayor. Fukuoka purposely has his students live in this semi-primitive manner, as he himself has lived for many years, because he believes that this way of life develops the sensitivity necessary to farm by his natural method. It was prepared on Wednesday, 8 August for the exclusive use ofNiklas Wagner, whose email address is wagnem uni-koeln.

I ask, instead, that they simply live in nature and apply themselves to their daily work. There is no wiser course in fanning than the path of wholesome soil improvement.

As a young man, Mr. Other techniques have been changed; the pattern of irrigation is more conventional to reduce conflicts with neighbours.


Foresters are now using helicopters in an attempt to stop the damage by aerial spraying. The method of growing vegetables for the kitchen table in old Japan blended well with the natural pattern of life. Few people have ever thought this possible. Online review version Retrieved 25 March When chemicals are put into a field, this is all destroyed in an instant.

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If you understand the ideal form, it is just a matter of how to grow a plant of that shape under the unique conditions of your own field. In a quarter acre there must be how many thousands, how many millions! In particular, Japanese is more subtle than English in expressing the kind of spiritual experiences and philosophical teachings which are found in this book.

The farmer who moves toward compromise can no longer criticize science at the fundamental level.

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Fukuoka grows his grain crops without chemicals of any kind. Plant diseases and insects are present in the fields revolutjon in the orchard, but the crops are never devastated. Fukuoka developed ideas that went against the conventional grain After listening carefully to his account, I found that he had laid the straw down straight and neat like a Japanese backyard garden mulch.

Whenever there was a lull in our work schedule, I yhe to other parts of the country, stopping at farms and communes, working part-time along the way. The leaves danced green and sparkling. Clay seed balls were originally an ancient practice in which seeds for the next season’s crops are mixed together, sometimes with humus or compost for microbial inoculantsand then are rolled within clay revoultion form into small balls. Read it Forward Read it first.

Desert sand or lush green landscapes nature embraces everything in it. I am not saying that I advocate the use of so-called harmless “organic” sprays such as salt-garlic solution or machine oil emulsion, nor am I in ons of introducing foreign predator species into the orchard to control troublesome insects.

There is no intrinsic value in anything, and every action is a futile, meaningless effort. Just at that moment a night heron appeared, gave a sharp cry, and flew away into the distance.