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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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The main reason for growing rice in a flooded field is to control the weeds by creating an environment in which only a limited variety of weeds can survive. To provide animal manure to help decompose the straw, I used to let ducks loose in the fields.

I do not agree with Professor Matsushima’s idea that it is best when the fourth leaf from the tip of the plant is the longest. During those years I was heading in a straight line toward a “do-nothing” agricultural method. I said that in coping with the problems of the future the next generation would return to the non- cultivation method.

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All three methods natural, traditional, and chemical yield comparable harvests, but differ markedly in their effect on the soil. I believe this matches the top yields in Ehime Prefecture. I think it could safely be said that from the experience of that morning my life changed completely. Compost and manure are distributed over the field, which is then flooded and plowed to a pea-soup consistency. And “do-nothing” also refers to the stance that common sense is apt to take in response to expert authority: Adventures of a Techie-Turned-Farmer.

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The cultivated varieties of “wet- field” rice are relatively strong if grown in a flooded field, but it is not good for the plant to be grown in this way. It was in the 1 3th year of the present emperor’s reign, All my rumblings have run along this line of thought.


Water is then held in the field for a short time during the monsoon rains in June to weaken the clover and weeds and to give the rice a chance to sprout through the ground cover. No, there is nothing special about me, but what I have glimpsed is vastly important. In particular, Japanese is more subtle than English in expressing the kind of spiritual experiences and philosophical teachings which are found in this book.

Modern scientific agriculture, on the other hand, has no such vision.

It is exactly because of such habitual expectations — because we have learned to expect people to be specialists and books to have only one subject — that we are in need of The One-Straw Revolution. Life and death are one. At the same time, a centripetal effect asserts itself and the desire to return to nature arises.

But in the revolutiom or six years since the professor revoltion the research station came to visit here, there have been few changes in Kochi Prefecture. 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 recolution year. If all the farmers in Japan got together and started to put all the straw back on their fields, the result would be an enormous amount of compost returned to the earth.

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The One-Straw Revolution Quotes by Masanobu Fukuoka

The soil in Mr. Sometimes when the second or third leaf is the longest, you get the best results. Even in years when very little rain falls oe soil stays moist below the layer of straw and green manure. Please help improve this section by clarifying or removing indiscriminate details. Masanobu Fukuoka died on 16 August at etraw age of 95, after a period of confinement in bed and in a wheelchair.

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Sep 08, Pages. I probably know more about what can go wrong growing agricultural crops than anyone else in Japan. You might say that natural farming has become the rage.

Full text of ” The-One-Straw-Revolution ” See other formats Soil and Health Library This document is a reproduction of the book or other copyrighted material you requested. See and discover other items: Recapitulation -Journeying [around Earth] with clay seed balls- ] -biographical notes on page Yet his success in yields is comparable to more resource-intensive methods…The method is now being stdaw adopted to vegetate arid areas. A do-nothing philosophy has been followed on the hilltop surrounding Fukuoka’s hut.

There is probably no easier, simpler method for growing grain. I have spent thirty years, forty years, testing whether or not I have been kne, reflecting as I went along, but not once have I found evidence to oppose my conviction.

Our meddling intellect Misshapes the beauteous forms of things — We murder to dissect. Summer weeds sprout right after the harvest of barley and rye, but the rice is already growing strongly. Strictly speaking, the only “natural” farming is hunting and gathering.

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He was a proponent of no-tillno-herbicide grain cultivation farming methods traditional to many indigenous cultures, [1] from which he created a particular method of farming, commonly referred to as “natural farming” or “do-nothing farming”. Fukuoka feels that it involves work that is unnecessary. Twenty years ago, the face of this mountain was bare red clay, fjkuoka hard you could not stick a shovel into it.

It was several years before they could take hold, but finally they came up and covered the orchard hillsides. If trees are growing along a pattern of unnatural development and are left abandoned in this state, the branches become tangled and insect damage results.