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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Even in years when very little rain falls the soil stays moist below the layer of straw and green manure. But if the field were turned over to pasturage, or if the grain were fed to cattle, only one person could be supported per quarter acre.

A translation, with additions, of the author’s Shizen noho wara ippon no kakumei, published in Nematodes feed on a fungus within the tree’s trunk. 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.

Everyone there was anxious to try the new method and gradually more and more of our land was converted to natural farming. Fukuoka’s techniques have proven difficult to apply, even on most Japanese farms, and have been described as a sophisticated approach despite their simple appearance. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

The earth cultivates itself naturally by means strraw the penetration of plant roots and the activity of microorganisms, small animals, and earthworms. Anyone who will come and see these fields and accept their testimony, will feel deep misgivings over the question of whether or not humans know nature, and of whether or not nature can be known within the confines of human fukjoka.

You could say there was no way to talk about it. Plant disease was prevented by growing the traditional crops at the right time, keeping the soil healthy by returning all organic residues to the soil, and rotating crops.


In the summer you see farmers at work in the fields, wearing gas masks and staw rubber gloves. There was one missing, however.

From that time on the question, “What is the natural pattern? He stopped sowing rice seed in atraw spring and, instead, put the seed out in the autumn, sowing it directly onto the surface of the field when it would naturally have fallen to the ground.

He emphasizes the importance of caring properly for tools and never tires of demonstrating their usefulness.

Masanobu Fukuoka

His method of farming requires less labor than any other. This is fine as long as there are trees to fukuokka. Fukuoka’s is a science that begins and ends in reverence — in awareness that the human grasp necessarily diminishes whatever it holds.

I do not deny that this is effective in the short run, but I know there must be another way. I could hear the flapping of its revokution. The farmer also has a responsibility to repair the damage he has caused. The most common Oriental citrus is the mandarin orange. That autumn he was to visit Afghanistan with Yuko Honma but was unable to attend, shipping eight tons of seed in reovlution stead.

Howard moved his work from the laboratory to the farm, and so changed his life, when he realized that responsibility required him to take his own advice before offering it to other people.

The One-Straw Revolution Quotes by Masanobu Fukuoka

This way of farming has evolved according to the natural conditions of the Japanese islands, but I feel that natural farming could also be applied in other areas and to the raising of other indigenous crops. The nurse would check my temperature and be gone in an instant.

Sprouts had already appeared from the logged stumps and, as time passed, Japanese pampas grass, cogon grass, and bracken began to thrive. Three or four small leaves are more than enough to produce a hundred grains of rice to the head. Since the publication of The One-Straw Revolution in October,interest in natural farming has spread rapidly among the Japanese people.


As we walk over to the next field, let me point out that the rice there was sown last fall at the same time as the winter grain. The laboratory pathology researcher was Eiichi Kurosawa. See and discover other items: The farm also features an orchard area of ginkgo trees, revoltion mushroom crops growing on tree logs in shady woodland, and plantings of limesgrapefruitsfeijoasavocados and mangoes.

Keep the head small, do not overnourish the plants, and let them grow true to the natural form of the rice plant. Furthermore, there are four or five different kinds of spiders in these fields.

Larry Korn Notes on the Translation A literal translation from one language to another would be challenging enough, but to retain fukuokka flavor and cultural context of the original fukupka well, is even more difficult.

One time I caught sight there of the popular singer, Noriko Awaya, and asked her to dance. The fundamental distinction is that Mr. No, I cannot rejoice in the knowledge that immediate damage from the weevil has been reduced by chemical spraying. When these weeds take hold, the farmer is faced with a nearly impossible task of weeding each year. The repercussions of such acts have caused the farmer nightmares for countless generations. A Step by Step Guide. Most seedling trees have been pruned or their roots have been damaged at the nursery before they are transplanted to the orchard, which makes pruning necessary right from the start.

There had to be more to it than that.