Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Fukuoka Passes Away
Masanobu Fukuoka died at the age of 95. The man who wrote One Straw Revolution.
He was a farmer who questioned the fundamentals of farming -- he wrote about his experiments with what he calls natural farming, where he totally did away with tilling and weeding.
He was not only a farmer. There are people who think the book is not about farming at all, but are shaken by the charm of this small book.
I felt that once you read this book, you are not the same person any more. No matter whether you believe in his farming techniques or not. No matter whether you agree with his philosophy or not. It is one present I love buying for my friends (not just because it comes for under hundred rupees).
["This is the story of a Japanese farmer. You'll really like it. It's about farming, but not really..": from an online review.]
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Masanobu Fukuoka: On Wikipedia
Fukuoka Farming Web site
Nature Knows Best: an article on Fukuoka