I have had the privilege to read both “The One-Straw Revolution” and “Sowing Seeds in the Desert”. I would highly recommend either of these beautiful books to anyone. (I am extremely grateful to Larry Korn for his dedication in bringing “One-Straw” to life in such an eloquent way for English readers. I can only imagine how powerful the original Japanese text must have been…)
I can’t wait to read “Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy” (which I believe helps explain how to put “One-Straw” into practice). As you may be able to tell, I am a huge admirer of both Masanobu Fukuoka and Larry Korn
I finished the “Natural Way of Farming” last week, loved it!! One Straw Revolution is great as an intro, but this one really takes you deeper into the (non)practice and the philosophy. I’m waiting to read Sowing Seeds in the Desert, too
Permaculture is the best system man can apply at a large scale to solve some of our current problems. Above permaculture I think its Fukuoka’s style of farming.. but its so far ahead that we need a much higher level of consciousness to understand it and apply it.
I just finished “The one straw revolution” and liked it. It seems a fair mix between scientific and spiritual thinking.
But… it became clear to me that the only way to feed the world with natural farming/permaculture is to get MANY, MANY more people into farming. And why not?
Participation in food production in the USA is only about 1% of the population and similarly it’s only a few percent in other developed countries. If only only a handful people (per hundred) is growing food what is the rest doing?
It seems hard to believe that we have found more important ways to occupy ourselves. And I also doubt we have found more enjoyable occupations, but I have not tried any serious scale farming yet…
I’m 3/4 through the book and I am sad that he is not on this earth anymore. I want to know if his farm is still going? Did anyone pick up where he left off? What legacy did he leave? How many farms in his community are practicing his methods? I want to taste the oranges he grew.