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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, thought-provoking book, 11 Jan 2009
This review is from: One-straw Revolution: Introduction to Natural Farming (Paperback)
I bought this book over 10 years ago and still re-read it from time to time. It follows the progress of a scientist who starts to question the validity of traditional science - due to the increasing speciality of scientists who cannot see the big picture outside of their field of expertise. Fukuoka explains his early failures with pruning experiments, but gradually things change and get better. He develops his 'natural farming' techniques that can rival 'traditional' methods in terms of yield, yet require less time and physical input to the land.

The books shows that a different way is possible - a gentler way. You learn so much about a man's struggle and his successes. Totally compelling and a classic.

Fukuoka died in 2008, aged 95 - his way of life enabled him to have a long and healthy time on earth - no bad thing!
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2010 15:55:25 GMT
AC says:
May he rest in peace. I'm so unhappy to hear he died.

Posted on 16 Feb 2011 01:01:48 GMT
Angeln says:
How do you know it was his way of life that ensured longevity and not genetics?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2011 17:48:33 BDT
In truth I don't know. I'm just minded to suppose that his simple, local diet, abstinence from artificial fertilisers and other chemicals, healthy mind etc contributed to his excellent health throughout his latter years. It may be wishful thinking, but it's my opinion. :-) Please feel free to have your own.
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