1252Re: [fukuoka_farming] Draft of website intro
- Oct 6, 2002Please forgive my asking again, and I really mean know offence, but I would
like to know why Fukuoka-san's family reverted to non-natural methods. I
have been told by someone, that the ideas in the book (one straw revolution)
are really great and that it sounds wonderful, but that there are problems
which he had that were not in the book. This person gave the example that
the fields (rice etc) were fine for however many years, but eventually were
taken over by weeds. Does anyone know if there is any truth in that? So far
I cannot understand how, if the techniques were really so good, if
production was really higher, input costs lower and labour time lower, how
could it be that his family didn't continue his way. Surely they would be
the ones who could see the most clearly, as they would have been living
there, working there, and so on. Somehow the logic doesn't add up to me.
I really want to beleive that it can work. I was never even interested in
farming untill I heard about Fukuoka from a friend of mine. Now I'm really
interested, and can well imagine myself as a farmer. What was so far from my
philosophy - farming, control of the environment to such extreme - I have
now, thanking you guys also, so unseperable from my philosophy - farming,
working with nature in harmonious relationship.
I just want to understand. This is my courtship.
>From: Larry Haftl <larry@...>_________________________________________________________________
> >The closing line seems to suggest that Fukuoka's family continues his
> >way of farming, which we know is not so. Is there a gentle, non-
> >way of factually stating this?
>I really tried to come up with one but couldn't. Didn't have the
>heart to lay out that brutal fact. Still trying to cope with it myself.
>If you or anyone else can come up with a gentle way of saying this
>then I'll add it.
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