The One-Straw Revolution
By Masanobu Fukuoka
(20 March 2014)
Although written over 35 years ago, this personal account of natural farming is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. Author Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) was born and raised on a rice farm in Japan, going on to study pathology and work as a produce inspector and researcher on food production. During this time he practiced natural farming methods in his home village, achieving great success for comparatively minimal input. In 1975, Masanobu’s frustration with the effect Japan’s post-war modernisation was having on agriculture and society, compelled him to put pen to paper and write The One-Straw Revolution.
The One-Straw Revolution strikes a strong resonance with permaculture, advocating less work for more reward and putting more back into the earth than we take away – that is – creating a surplus for our future. Masanobu’s work is an eloquent, inspiring, and equally confronting read – it will have you question all that you do in your life, how you garden, and most importantly, where the food you eat comes from.