~~ Rural Permaculture ~~
The One Straw Revolution Revisited
The system of Natural Farming developed by Japanese farmer/philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka is an important inspiration and complement to Permaculture as we know it. By intently observing natural cycles, Fukuoka attempted to bring the agricultural system back into balance as a resilient polyculture. His yields were impressive, though he used none of the inputs or tools that conventional agriculture deems necessary. As our global society begins to contemplate post-petroleum agriculture, these ideas hold great promise for a better way.
In the summer of 2010, the presenter traveled to Japan to discover what has become of Fukuoka’s “revolution.” He spent 3 months researching Natural Farming, meeting a host of its current practitioners, and tracing the evolution of this great man’s legacy.