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“The One-Straw Revolution” by Masanobu Fukuoka

Fukuoka details both his method of natural farming and his philosophy in this manifesto.I was introduced to Fukuoka’s methods through an abbreviated version of the documentary Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness

“I advocate ‘do-nothing’ farming, and so many people come, thinking they will find a utopia where one can live without ever having to get out of bed. These people are in for a big surprise.” The argument here is not against work; it is against unnecessary work. People sometimes work more than they need to for the things that they desire, and some things that they desire they do not need.

Fukuoka started farming because of overwork and burnout.

Take care to return things to their natural state. If you’ve been altering the course of nature, suddenly stopping is neglect, not natural farming.

Four principles of natural farming:

Return everything but the harvest back to the field. It will serve as compost and natural fertilizer.