The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming (New York Review Books Classics)

Name it “Zen and the paintings of Farming” or a “Little eco-friendly Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto approximately farming, consuming, and the boundaries of human wisdom offers a thorough problem to the worldwide platforms we depend on for our foodstuff. even as, it's a religious memoir of a guy whose leading edge approach of cultivating the earth displays a deep religion within the wholeness and stability of the wildlife. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the e-book “is useful to us since it is straight away useful and philosophical. it's an inspiring, useful publication approximately agriculture since it is not only approximately agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected either glossy agribusiness and centuries of agricultural perform, figuring out as an alternative that the easiest varieties of cultivation replicate nature’s personal legislation. Over the following 3 many years he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” strategy: common sense, sustainable practices that each one yet get rid of using insecticides, fertilizer, tillage, and maybe most importantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, devoted to gradual nutrients or just seeking to dwell a more healthy lifestyles, you'll find whatever here—you will also be moved to begin a revolution of your personal.

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