The One-Straw Revolution
is a hodepodge of advice for farming and living. To be completely
honest, I adored the first third of the book, but was annoyed by the
philosophical bent of the rest. Sure, I agree that we should
garden organically, eat locally, minimize our meat consumption, eat in
season, turn away from commercial farms and back to the small family
farm, reject growth economics, live simply, and work to live rather
than live to work. But those concepts are all old hat now.
Since I wasn't alive while he was writing the book, I don't really know
whether Fukuoka's ramblings were insightful and innovative at the time
or simply derivative.
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