- Hi Folks,
The last I heard Masanobu Fukuoka is recalling all of his books from the
world. He intends to publish one more book basically about seed balls.
The last book I saw by him in English is called "The Ultimatum of GOD
NATURE The One-Straw Revolution A RECAPITULATION" with a date of
December, 1992. The main theme is that Nature is God incarnate as the
world. There is apparently an Indian pirate version of the original
"One-Straw Revolution" that is copied and distributed without M.
Fukuoka's participation or approval.
Scattering seeds, watching, learning, but mostly just doing without
thinking too much and learning from the facts illuminated by nature are
all parts of the indescribable whole.
The principal feature of Natural Farming is that, unlike all other forms
of "sustainable agriculture" which only promise wildlands may be
preserved due to the land "potentially saved", wild nature is included
as an integral and essential element, so preservation of biological
diversity is inherent. If we survive we may end up living in edible
landscapes of amazing diversity, but there will likely not be many of
us. Seasonal nomadic migration and hunting and gathering may turn out
once again to be the most efficient way of making a living.
Soon the whole earth will be managed or affected by management. Without
new semi-wild transitional landscapes, only the toughest weeds will
thrive. Everywhere is a potential garden for native plants as well as
food. Seed balls are only a technique that expresses a philosophy.
That and the not that must both be observed. Life is a tough illusion.
It will be just fine. We, however, may make a large scale exit, say on
the order of from 6 billion down to 2 billion in one short lifetime.
At the heart of all "environmental problems" and political causes seems
to be exploding population growth. Until that is addressed openly and
women everywhere are educated and emancipated and, by the way, taught to
be self sufficient with Natural Farming, all other talk and attempts at
ecological rehabilitation are only expressions of psychological denial
at the absolutely overwhelming Big Issue. So Many People. No matter
what the local gains, all are continually eroded by growing population.
Remember though, it really is ok, all of it. And Nature is busy even
now making the necessary subtle adjustments. Natural selection works
best when populations are large and all possible niches are occupied.
Harvest is such a lovely time, when the winnowing begins. It has
happened often, yet everything we see results from the few who survived
before and went on to diversify again. Dancing figures go on changing,
visible only against a changeless ground. Whatever we think, it is
certainly more than that. Just scattering seed is sometimes enough.
The only contact information I have for Masanobu Fukuoka is as follows:
Masanobu Fukuoka 201-2 Ohira, Iyo-Shi Ehime, Japan 799-31 Fax:
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