While our office is shut down due to COVID, we encourage you to purchase this title through bookshop. Click here to order. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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.
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. Fukuoka's vision offers a beacon, a goal, an ideal to strive for. 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. Masanobu Fukuoka 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 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. 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. In he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Larry Korn is an editor, author, and agricultural educator.
He lived and worked on Masanobu Fukuoka's farm for more than two years in the early s. He currently resides in Ashland, Oregon. Wendell Berry is an environmental activist and farmer, and the author of more than 40 works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book," Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food.
At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical.
It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called "do-nothing" technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Whether you're a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here--you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.
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Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Masanobu Fukuoka saw what modern industrial farming was doing to the water, land and the farmers both in terms of lifestyle and debt , and spent his life working on finding ways that food could be grown in a non polluting, sustainable manner. After a number of years he had rebuilt the soil on his family farm and proved that he could equal or better the yields of the "petroleum farmers" with his no chemical, lazy man's way of natural farming.
Although the book discusses his methods and rationale, much time is devoted to showing what is wrong with the currently popular methods of farming. Throughout the book Mr Fukuoka lament's the change in farmer's lives from many years ago when there was much more leisure in the village life, whereas today they have to struggle to survive working long hours everyday and still cannot get out of debt.
Debt created incidentally by being sold a system that relies on pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, as well as large amounts of motorized equipment. The revolving door between the chemical companies and agricultural departments in government as well as school reliance on grants from these institutions are discussed, consumerism, our fetish for perfectly formed produce, and much, much more. This book can be read in a short period and is written in a nice conversational manner kudos to Mr Larry Korn for his work there as well.
For me this is such an important book that I have given a number of copies to friends. This book will change the way you think- read it today! Fukuoka has written a beautiful book on the benefits of natural farming. Basically he says that what is the most important factor in food production is the fertility of the soil.
Good nutrition is dependent on a nutrient-rich soil. This book also has some of the author's philosophy of life. He states that any good farmer specialist needs to start with philosophy, then incorporate the science. I highly recommend this book to anyone growing food--be they industrial farmers or backyard growing enthusiasts.
Like many oriental authors, Masanobu spends much of his writing describing his philosophy. So easily finding out the precise methods he used to obtain the impressive yields of crops he obtained, is difficult. But he does not provide detailed accounts. 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. Got the book for my husband, he seems to like it fine. He's the farmer in the family. That was the only criticism heard. Other than that, fast shipping, good job. A very enjoyable read. To say this is a book only about philosophy or farming or ecology would not do it justice.
While it touches on all of those topics, it's none of them. If you're open to the deeper meaning of texts, not just reading but actually philosophizing and seeking perspective, I think you will gain a lot more from this book than someone who only 'reads words' for their face value.
The best I can tell you is, read it. You 'will' gain a new perspective. You're not going to agree with everything here, and some of the wording may offend you, but if you're open, I really do believe you will take something from it. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
The One-Straw Revolution
He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture. Over the next 65 years he worked to develop a system of natural farming that demonstrated the insight he was given as a young man, believing that it could be of great benefit to the world. He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan. This book has been translated into more than 25 languages and has helped make Mr.
Fukuoka developed ideas that went against the conventional grain Long before the American Michael Pollan, he was making the connections between intensive agriculture, unheal. 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. 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. Yet his success in yields is comparable to more resource-intensive methods…The method is now being widely adopted to vegetate arid areas.
He was a proponent of no-till , no-herbicide grain cultivation farming methods traditional to many indigenous cultures,  from which he created a particular method of farming, commonly referred to as "natural farming" or "do-nothing farming". Fukuoka was the author of several books, scientific papers and other publications, and was featured in television documentaries and interviews from the s onwards. He was an outspoken advocate of the value of observing nature's principles. Fukuoka was born on 2 February in Iyo, Ehime , Japan, the second son of Kameichi Fukuoka, an educated and wealthy land owner and local leader. He attended Gifu Prefecture Agricultural College and trained as a microbiologist and agricultural scientist , beginning a career as a research scientist specialising in plant pathology.