The One-Straw Revolution

The One-Straw Revolution

Details

Author(s)
Masanobu Fukuoka
Format
Paperback | 200 pages
Dimensions
125 x 205 x 15mm | 255g
Publication date
04 Nov 2009
Publisher
The New York Review of Books, Inc
Imprint
NYRB Classics
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Main
Illustrations note
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS
ISBN10
1590173139
ISBN13
9781590173138
Bestsellers rank
2,925

Description

Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book," Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. 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. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture." Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature's own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called "do-nothing" technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Whether you're a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here--you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.


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