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The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming

by: Masanobu Fukuoka

Publisher: Random House Books (1975)

$15.95

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Long before the term "permaculture" became a clique phrase, Fukuoka had spent some fifty-odd years developing what he called "natural farming," based entirely on slow meditative observations of natural systems.

Callit“ZenandtheArtofFarming”ora“LittleGreenBook,”MasanobuFukuoka’smanifestoaboutfarming,eating,andthelimitsofhumanknowledgepresentsaradicalchallengetotheglobalsystemswerelyonforourfood.Atthesametime,itisaspiritualmemoirofamanwhoseinnovativesystemofcultivatingtheearthreflectsadeepfaithinthewholenessandbalanceofthenaturalworld.AsWendellBerrywritesinhispreface,thebook“isvaluabletousbecauseitisatoncepracticalandphilosophical.Itisaninspiring,necessarybookaboutagriculturebecauseitisnotjustaboutagriculture.”Trainedasascientist,Fukuokarejectedbothmodernagribusinessandcenturiesofagriculturalpractice,decidinginsteadthatthebestformsofcultivationmirrornature’sownlaws.Overthenextthreedecadesheperfectedhissocalled“donothing”technique:commonsense,sustainablepracticesthatallbuteliminatetheuseofpesticides,fertilizer,tillage,andperhapsmostsignificantly,wastefuleffort.Whetheryou’reaguerrillagardenerorakitchengardener,dedicatedtoslowfoodorsimplylookingtoliveahealthierlife,youwillfindsomethinghere—youmayevenbemovedtostartarevolutionofyourown.