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The One Straw Revolution - Masanobu Fukuoka used hardcover book First Edition

Masanobu Fukuoka ( February 2, 1913 - August 16, 2008) was born in a small farming village on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan. He is the author of The One-Straw Revolution, The Road Back to Nature and The Natural Way Of Farming. He was one of the pioneers of no-till grain cultivation. His revolutionary method of sustainable agriculture is referred to as "natural farming", no-till cultivation, Fukuoka Farming, or the Fukuoka Method.

Fukuoka trained as a microbiologist in his native Japan and began his career as a soil scientist specializing in plant pathology. At age 25, he began to doubt the wisdom of modern agricultural science. He eventually quit his job as a research scientist, and returned to his family's farm on the island of Shikoku in Southern Japan to grow organic mikans. From that point on he devoted his life to developing a unique small scale organic farming system that does not require weeding, pesticide or fertilizer applications, or tilling.

The timing and circumstances of Fukuoka's conversion from Western agricultural science, parallels the new movement in the 1940s to organic farming and gardening in Europe and the US, led by pioneers like Lady Eve Balfour, Sir Albert Howard, and J.I. Rodale (founder of Rodale Press). However Fukuoka himself believed that he was going a step further than organic farming:

"The problem, however, is that most people do not yet understand the distinction between organic gardening and natural farming. Both scientific agriculture and organic farming are basically scientific in their approach. The boundary between the two is not clear." (The Road Back to Nature page 363). He received the Deshikottan and the Ramon Magsaysay awards in 1988, and the Earth Council Award in 1997.

At age 92, Fukuoka still managed to lecture when he could, such as at the Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Fukuoka passed away at the age of 95 on August the 16th 2008, at his home in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, Japan.



The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

 

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