Back in print after more than 25 years, The One-Straw Revolution is being re-released at a time when the message is more relevant and necessary than ever. Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore’s Dilemma, writes: “The One-Straw Revolution is one of the founding documents of the alternative food movement, and indispensable to anyone hoping to understand the future of food and agriculture.” Translator Larry Korn will be discussing the book and showing slides at the Theater Off Jackson on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m, for a $5 suggested donation. The event is co-sponsored by Seattle Tilth and the International District’s InterIm Community Development Association.
Masanobu Fukuoka's book about growing food has been changing the lives of readers since it was first published in 1978. It is a call to arms, a manifesto, and a radical rethinking of the global systems we rely on to feed us all. At the same time, it is the memoir of someone whose spiritual beliefs underpin and inform every aspect of his innovative farming system.
Equal parts farmer and philosopher, Fukuoka is recognized as the pioneer of the natural farming movement. Fukuoka worked on his family farm in post-war Japan and over the decades that followed, Fukuoka perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique and developed commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminated the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and the wasteful effort associated with them.
Andrea Dwyer, Seattle Tilth’s Executive Director, highlighted the significance of the book. ”Fukuoka has had an enormous influence on the current organic gardening movement. His work is still an important source of inspiration and learning today. We are honored to host this event with the InterIm Community Development Association.”
Masanobu Fukuoka (1913-2008) is also the author of The Natural Way of Farming and The Road Back to Nature. Fukuoka remained an active farmer until well into his eighties and in 1988 received the Magsaysay Award for Public Service. Larry Korn spent several years in the mid-1970s with Masanobu Fukuoka in Japan. Larry returned to the United States and helped translate and edit The One-Straw Revolution. Korn then earned his degrees in Soil Science and Plant Nutrition at UC-Berkeley. Larry is an active educator, editor and author in the fields of natural farming and permaculture. He is on a tour of the United States, making several stops in the Pacific NW to promote the book.
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