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 bounds of human wisdom provides a thorough problem to the worldwide platforms we depend on for our foodstuff. whilst, it's a non secular memoir of a guy whose leading edge approach of cultivating the earth displays a deep religion within the wholeness and stability of the flora and fauna. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the booklet “is worthwhile to us since it is immediately sensible and philosophical. it's an inspiring, worthwhile 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 in its place that the easiest types of cultivation reflect nature’s personal legislation. Over the subsequent 3 a long time he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” approach: common-sense, sustainable practices that each one yet dispose of using insecticides, fertilizer, tillage, and maybe most importantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, devoted to sluggish meals or just seeking to reside a more fit existence, you can find anything here—you will even be moved to begin a revolution of your personal.

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