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Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book", Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. 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. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture."

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature's own laws. Over the next three 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.

Whether you're a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here - you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.

©1978 Masanobu Fukuoka; "To My Readers" copyright 1986 by Masanobu Fukuoka (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Acarya
  • 04-03-18

Life saving wisdom.

Everyone should listen to and or read this book.
Even if one disagrees with some of the basic premises (I do not) many of Sensei Fukuoka San's teachings will still be beneficial to most thoughtful listeners and readers...

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  • emiliano camargo
  • 13-03-18

most read if you want to come back to nature

if you want to learn about growing your on food naturaly and organic this is the best start point

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  • Ray
  • 13-05-18

Partly good<br />

..partly mumbo-jumbo. The first part is the most useful. Later, the author gets off into the weeds of make-believe philosophy.

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  • Jonathan Weseman
  • 17-02-18

Join the revolution.

Such a powerful book. Me. Fukuoka truly has observed something great. What a refined viewpoint on existence. This is a work of art that truly anyone and everyone would benefit from experiencing.