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One-Straw Revolution, The: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka - 1st Ed. - 1978 - from E M Stern and Biblio.com

One-Straw Revolution, The: An Introduction to Natural Farming

by Masanobu Fukuoka

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Preface bvy Wendell Berry & Edited by Larry Korn

From the dustwrapper: "During the past forty years Masanobu Fukuoka has witnessed with indignation the degeneration of both the land and of Japanese society. In those years the Japanese have followed single-mindedly the American model of economic and industrial development, abandoning their rich heritage of working closely and simply with their land. Mr. Fukuoka, however, was determined not to forsake traditional farming. Instead, he refined it so that his natural farming method requires less labor and less disruption of nature than any other, while maintaining the same yields per acre as his farmer neighbors. In this highly sensitive and thought provoking work, Mr. Fukuoka describes the events that led to the development of his natural farming methods and the impact that it has had on his land, himself, and the thousands of people he has taught. He discusses the method itself and why he believes it offers a practical, steady-state model of how society can live on a foundation of permanence and simplicity. Mr. Fukuoka "understands the interconnections of farming with other aspects of culture, and his book is highly suggestive. He feels that natural farming proceeds from the spiritual health of the individual. He considers the healing of the land and purification of the human spirit to be the same process, and proposes a way of life and a way of farming in which this process can take place. As much as to change methods, this book aims to change attitudes: about nature, farming, food, and human physical and spiritual health. Masanobu Fukuoka received training in microbiology, specializing in plant diseases, and then worked for some years as an agricultural customs inspector. Then, while still a young man of 25, Mr. Fukuoka began to question the fundamental principles of modern farming. He decided to leave his technical career and returned instead to his village home where, over the next 35 years, he worked to develop a unique method of natural farming. Today he has a large following in Japan. He lectures widely, has written many articles and books, and spends much of his time sharing his philosophy and farming techniques with the many visitors who come to his farm overlooking Matsuyama Bay on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan. Larry Korn is an American who lives and farms in the mountains north of Kyoto, Japan. He has studied Chinese history, soil science and plant nutrition at the University of California, and has worked at Mr. Fukuoka's farm for a year and a half. He now grows rice, buckwheat, corn, soybeans and other crops by the natural method. Chris Pearce, who helped with the direct translation, lives in a commune on a remote island in southern Japan. Tsune Kurosawa is a Japanese farmer who worked and studied for more than a year with Mr. Fukuoka." Tan coloured boards with black lettering and kangi on the front in illustrated dustwrapper with a photo of the author on the back. Translated from the Japanese, Preface by Wendell Berry, and edited by Larry Korn. Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Chuck Miller.

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Masanobu Fukuoka (1913–2008) 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 1938 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. And in 1975, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernization, Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution. 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. Fukuoka is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. In 1988 he received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Frances Moore Lappé is author or co-author of sixteen books, including Diet for a Small Planet and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad. She has co-founded three organizations, including the Institute for Food and Development Policy and, more recently, the Small Planet Institute, which she leads with her daughter Anna Lappé. In 1987, she received the Right Livelihood Award, also called the “Alternative Nobel.” She has received seventeen honorary doctorates and has been a visiting scholar at MIT.




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