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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Fukuoka’s farm, I was walking through a remote section of the orchard and unexpectedly kicked something hard in the tall grass.

It was very quiet, all in all the perfect environment for carrying on research. Philosophers, men of religion, artists and poets must also help to decide whether or not it is permissible to use chemicals in farming, and what the results of using even organic fertilizers might be.

Even though it is the same quarter acre, the farmer must grow his crops differently each year in accordance with variations in weather, insect populations, the condition of the soil, and many other natural factors.

Everything I had held in firm conviction, everything upon which I had ordinarily relied was swept away with the wind. Inspired by Your Browsing History. If you get involved in this book or any Fukuoka books, your heart will be able to hear the background music of nature, your words become poems, your blood slows down, you end up being a human.

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The spectacle is an amazing natural drama. That is the stand they take.

I am now just starting organic farming and ordered the book to get a better picture. Fukuoka maintains that rice grows better this way. I could not sleep, could not apply myself to my work.

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Then it dawned on him that the fields were being maintained in this state by means of a natural balance established among the various insect communities. Regaining the Paradise Lost. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. Fukuoka has emerged as a leading spokesman for onf revolution in Japan.


The third is no weeding by tillage or herbicides. During the year-and-a-half that I worked at Mr. I will not say that you do not need compost — only that there is no need to work hard making it. He acknowledged that if my method were generally adopted, the problem of crop fuuoka by leaf-hoppers could be solved.

Refresh and try again. He applies this to his small kitchen garden. Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Then I cut back the thicket growth and grassy ground cover and planted clover.

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It is remarkable that, using the traditional method, Japanese farmers grew a crop of rice and a winter grain crop each year in the same field for centuries without reducing the fertility of the soil. The rye refolution barley you see in front of you were grown this way. That is why music education is thought to be beneficial to the child’s development.

Orchard Earth It goes without saying that soil improvement is the fundamental concern of orchard management. I think this is the kind of thing that must happen if people are to see beyond their specialties. hte

He considers the healing of the land and the purification of the human spirit to be one process, and he proposes a way of life and a way of farming in which this process can take place. It is this grace that is the origin of Mr. Carrying loads of 90 pounds and more was a big job, but after two or three years there was not even enough humus to scoop up in my hand.

To spend my life farming. The consequence of all this was that I contracted acute pneumonia and was placed in the pneumothorax treatment room on the top floor of the Police Hospital. Fukuoka grows his grain crops without chemicals of any kind. Jobs vary with the weather and the season. Jun 02, Pages Buy. In recent years I have been trying out an old variety of glutinous rice from fuuoka south. I felt that this reolution truly heaven on earth. Fukuoka insists that the best disease and insect control is to grow crops in a healthy environment.


Insect and plant communities maintain a stable relationship here. I boarded the bus and rode for many miles gazing out at the checkered pattern of fields and small villages along the highway. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The roots revoltion this hearty vegetable penetrate deeply into the soil, adding organic matter and opening channels for air and water circulation. In making the transition to this kind of farming, some weeding, composting or pruning may be necessary at first, but these measures should be gradually reduced each year.

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. I tell the young people up in my orchard again and again not to try to imitate me, and it really angers me if there is someone who does not take this advice to heart.

I ran all the water out of thhe fields and proceeded without chemical fertilizer, applying only a small amount of chicken manure. In a good harvest the yield of rice from my plants will reach about 2, pounds; that is, it will be 20 percent heavier than the straw.

Growing fruit without pruning, fertilizing, or using chemical sprays is possible only within a natural environment. This yield is approximately the same as is produced by either the chemical or the traditional method in his area.

Ten ducks will supply all the manure necessary for a quarter acre and will also help to control the weeds. Of course the seeds germinate well when sown directly onto a well-turned field, but if it rains and the field turns to mud, you cannot go in and walk around, and the sowing must be postponed.

If seeds are sown while the preceding crop is still ripening in the field, those seeds will germinate ahead of the weeds.