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Each seed, sown in fall, produces an average of 12 stalks with about grains per head.

Direct seeding cannot succeed if there is no reliable way to cope with the birds, and there are many places where direct seeding has been slow to spread for just this reason. They stay for a few days or a revoultion weeks, and disappear down the mountain again. I was finally released from the hospital, but I could not pull myself out of my depression.

You might say that, rather than growing citrus and vegetables up here, I have been helping to restore the fertility of the soil. Today people want “clean” vegetables, so farmers grow them in hothouses without using soil at all.

Masanobu Fukuoka

The soil in Mr. The soil animals and insects have been exterminated by poison. He gasped and said, “That’s Mieko Takamine, the famous movie star! The barley or rye and the clover sprout up right away; the rice seeds lie dormant until spring. The main reason for growing rice in a flooded field is to control the weeds by creating an environment in which only a limited variety of weeds can survive.

The weeds must be cut back when the vegetable seedlings are young, but once the vegetables have established themselves they are left to grow up with the natural ground cover. Rice straw spread over the field last fall has already decomposed into rich humus. One interesting thing was that, at first, while the seedlings were growing beneath the resprouted forest trees, there was no evidence of damaging insects such as the common arrowhead scale. There are several diseases of rice which will infect the crop if fresh rice straw is applied to the field.


The One-Straw Revolution Quotes by Masanobu Fukuoka

During World War II, he worked for the Japanese government as a researcher on food production, managing to avoid military service until the final few months of the war.

Using agricultural chemicals is the most inept way to deal with problems such as these, and will only lead to greater problems in the future. I used to drop the seeds into tiny holes in the soil, or into furrows without covering them ghe soil, but I experienced many failures with both methods. As an example, I told the gentleman from the research station when he was investigating fuiuoka relation between rice leaf-hoppers revolutikn spiders in my fields, “Professor, since you are researching spiders, you are interested in only one among the many natural predators of the leaf-hopper.

See our Returns Policy. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. Sections of other works by Mr.

Spreading the Straw Uncut The Okayama Testing Center is now trying direct seeding rice-growing in 80 percent of its experimental fields. Ideally there is one seed in each pellet.

The third is refolution weeding by tillage or herbicides. Rosana Tositrakula Thai activist and politician, spent a year studying with Fukuoka on his farm. The trees become stronger and measures to control insects become unnecessary. The yields continue to increase and the soil becomes richer every year.

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Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Fukuoka soon taught him that there was a great deal he had fukukka know and do.


If gentle measures such as spreading straw and sowing clover are practiced, instead of using man-made chemicals and machinery to wage a war of annihilation, then the environment will move back toward its natural balance and even troublesome weeds can be brought under control.

Some terms, such as oe and “non-discriminating” knowledge, “no-mind,” and “do-nothing” have no English equivalent, and so have been rendered literally with additional explanation provided in notes. Fresh rice straw is safe for other grains, as is buckwheat straw, and the straw of other grain species may be used for rice and buckwheat. The Japanese, mugi, translated as “winter grain,” includes wheat, rye, and barley. This way of farming has evolved according to the natural conditions of the Japanese islands, but I feel that natural farming could also be applied in other areas and to the raising of other indigenous crops.

Since the publication of The One-Straw Revolution in October,interest in natural farming has spread rapidly among the Japanese people.

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As a young man, Mr. Once the thicket and resprouted trees were cut away, the land became less wild and more like an orchard. To provide animal manure to help decompose the straw, I used to let ducks loose in the fields.

I suppose that using the same method to plant rice and winter grain is unique to this kind of farming. This is only superficial knowledge.