I reviewed "The One Straw Revolution" back here and I have been strongly influenced by the idea of "doing nothing" and observing nature. I know several people who have read "One Straw Revolution" and really struggled with it. I had to read it three times myself before I came close to understanding natural farming. I think it also helped that I studied Japanese and spent some time in Japan while I was at high school, so Japanese culture was not completely foreign to me. This book is distinctly Japanese and I think "One-Straw Revolutionary" goes some way to further explaining the translating the concepts for those who do not have experience with Japanese culture.
"'Modern society, on the other hand, has estranged itself from nature and lives in a world of its own intellectual creation. It is based on the assumption that the world can only be understood through analytical thinking and the empiricism of science. This blocks people's access not only to the world as it actually is, but also to an understanding of nature as Mr Fukuoka experienced and tried so desperately to explain."
- No cultivation of soil
- No chemical fertiliser or prepared compost
- No weeding by tillage or herbicide
- No dependence on chemicals