Trained as a scientist, Masanobu Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural lore. Over the next decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and, perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.
Fukuoka wrote The One-Straw Revolution, first published in 1978, distressed by the effects of Japan’s post-war modernisation. In his later years, Fukuoka was involved with several projects to reduce desertification throughout the world. He remained an active farmer until well into his eighties, and continued to give lectures until only a few years before his death at the age of 95.
New York Review Books
Paperback, 190 pages, b&w photographs and illustrations throughout.