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an introduction to natural farming

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The one-straw revolution

an introduction to natural farming

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Six decades ago in postwar Japan, long before Michael Pollan or Alice Waters, Masanobu Fukuoka, a laboratory scientist who had studied plant enzymes and rhizomes in Tokyo laboratories and had worked with poisonous wartime chemicals during the devastations of the Second World War, headed back to the land his father's family farmed for nearly 1,400 years. There he painstakingly recovered and developed a method of farming that aligned itself as closely as possible with natural principles. While Japan set itself on a breakneck course toward modernization, Fukuoka grew rice in the opposite way, refusing to farm with chemicals that would annihilate even something as small as a leaf beetle. Call his book "Zen and the Art of the Wild Cucumber," or see Fukuoka as a Japanese Thoreau tending the whole universe in a beanstalk -- however you approach Fukuoka's rich philosophical side, it's important also to notice that his deep spiritual wisdom was co-terminous with his genius as a farmer. Without fertilizers or even tilling, he nonetheless harvested some of the greatest rice yields per acre in all of Japan. By the late '70s, when The One Straw Revolution was translated into English, Fukuoka had become a guru and disciple in seemingly radical -- but eminently sensible -- ways of approaching food, gardening, farming, and eating. His book is an early cult classic in organic and natural farming circles, but its implications stretch beyond them and continue to resonate as a global food crisis looms. Fukuoka believed that fertilizers and pesticides caused the very problems that they proposed to solve; that rather than annihilating pests, they invited them. He argued that natural foods, grown without these costly additives, should be the cheapest; and that the body living closest to the land and aligning itself with the seasons would be the healthiest. Thirty years later, as this book is re-released, Fukuoka's message -- now more urgent than ever -- remains a deeply nourishing clarion call.

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The one-straw revolution: an introduction to natural farming
2009, New York Review Books
in English
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One-straw Revolution
December 1992, Other India Press
Paperback - New Ed edition
Cover of: The One-straw revolution
The One-straw revolution: an introduction to natural farming
1990, Friends Rural Centre
in English - Indian ed.
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The one-straw revolution: an introduction to natural farming
1978, Rodale Press
in English

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New York

Edition Notes

Originally published: Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, 1978.

Includes bibliographical references.

Series
New York Review Books classics
Other Titles
Introduction to natural farming

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
631.5/84
Library of Congress
S604 .F8413 2009, S604.F8413 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.
Number of pages
200

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Open Library
OL23149833M
Internet Archive
onestrawrevoluti0000fuku
ISBN 10
1590173139
ISBN 13
9781590173138
LCCN
2008053698
Library Thing
131472
Goodreads
5984290

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