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The One-Straw Revolution

An Introduction to Natural Farming
Narrated by: David Shih
Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Environment
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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.

©1978 Masanobu Fukuoka; "To My Readers" copyright 1986 by Masanobu Fukuoka (P)2017 Tantor

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Everyone should read this book

A wise book filled with hope for this world that seems to have gone mad.

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More than just farming

Really got me thinking about growing and eating food as well as the issues with industrial ag.

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  • Mat
  • 14-05-2020

Too many opinions, none of which helpful

Old geezer with his views on the world. Heard such good things about the book, but spent the entire time waiting for some revolutionary concepts. Overall, disappointed, many better more relevant books out there.

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  • philip d henderson
  • 23-06-2018

Fukuoka Hits a Home-Run.

The third book that Masanobu Fukuoka has written is a landmark book and explains the natural way of Farming in detail. Back in 1984 I read his first book, then the second book called “The Natural Way Of Farming”, in 1989. Then “The One-Straw Revolution” in 2018, which is one of the “do-nothing” way of Farming books. It is a simply excellent book and is a distillation of his over 50 years of experience upon trial and error methods, which shows how to grow a multitude of edible plants in season and with Nature, not against it. He has transformed clay soil into rich soil, which gets better each year using a no-till method. The way to do it is in tune with Nature and is very simple to do. A 5-star Landmark book You are compelled to listen to it many times. Simply Outstanding.

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  • Searcher
  • 04-03-2018

Life saving wisdom.

Everyone should listen to and or read this book.
Even if one disagrees with some of the basic premises (I do not) many of Sensei Fukuoka San's teachings will still be beneficial to most thoughtful listeners and readers...

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  • emiliano camargo
  • 13-03-2018

most read if you want to come back to nature

if you want to learn about growing your on food naturaly and organic this is the best start point

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  • Heather
  • 25-07-2018

Excellent read

I really enjoyed reading this book. It makes you think about every gardening fail youve had and how you could try to fix it using this information

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2018

The Bible of gardening

Easily one of the best books I've ever read, I'll be re reading and gift g this for years.

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  • Sara
  • 28-01-2020

Moving Philosphy on Natural Farming

Very inspiring book to listen from the perspective of an urban gardener. Enjoyed the combination of philosophy and simple natural gardening techniques.

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  • 14-06-2018

Enlightening!

Nobody in this modern world like Masanobu has described his journey to disengage from modernization and find his way to reconnect with our humanity as a part of the ONE breathing CREATION.

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  • Ray
  • 13-05-2018

Partly good<br />

..partly mumbo-jumbo. The first part is the most useful. Later, the author gets off into the weeds of make-believe philosophy.

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  • Jonathan Weseman
  • 17-02-2018

Join the revolution.

Such a powerful book. Me. Fukuoka truly has observed something great. What a refined viewpoint on existence. This is a work of art that truly anyone and everyone would benefit from experiencing.

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  • jon mcconnell
  • 23-05-2020

Couldn’t stop listening.

Basically went through this in a very swift fashion. The principals about natural farming are similar to what has drawn me to farming in the first place.

Then, thus is just much more than a farming book. Much more. Many principals about eating and respecting the earth and land. It’s a wonderful listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-2020

A must read!

Whether you are into farming or not this book is a must read (or listen). Fukuoka lays the groundwork for what we need to do to have meaningful lives that are in line with nature. He questions the need for science not just in agriculture but in other aspects of our lives as well while he himself is a scientist. I am in awe of his method of “natural farming”. Even though this book was written in 1980s the things Fukuoka says about industrial farming and “organic” agriculture are still valid today which shows that in all those years nothing have changed in the world.

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  • Milda
  • 31-07-2019

Peaceful

Great reminder of how important it is to observe nature and learn from its ecological cycles instead of isolating knowledge for modern solutions. Some spirituality, but overall interesting insights, not just farming but view of life.

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  • Oliver Hewett
  • 25-03-2019

Good but not spectacular

enjoyed the philosophical perspectives. lots of talk of quite Japanese specific growing techniques which lost me a little. fascinating different mindset, although struggled with the negativity toward science...

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  • Blackmagic
  • 13-02-2019

A classic for a reason

I have heard this book recommended by a few people in the permaculture space. It was well worth it and amazing how many observations from the 70s describe the plight of modern agriculture, food and spirituality. Definately worth a read.

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  • Anthony Woolman
  • 07-02-2019

Contains wisdom. Could save our world.

For me this book contains provocative ideas that I feel I should work hard to embrace. Could save our world. One garden at a time. TW.

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  • Tom Barnes
  • 29-11-2018

A book that could change your life!

Exceptional book and a journey from beginning to end, full of insight and inspiration to change your focus on how to perceive the world. The narrator was perfect his calming tones married well with the authors content. Highly recommended!!!