Re: [fukuoka_farming] why fukuoka
- I think the scientists don't get it because it seems to be in man's nature to try to improve on nature. I guess man just doesn't get it that Nature did it just fine before man came along.......and somehow survives despite man's best attempts at meddling.
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- --- souscayrous <souscayrous@...> wrote:
> Organic agriculture is not new, there is currently aI came into the whole subject from what I imagine is
> proliferation of
> techniques that go by the label 'organic'. Yet, it
> is Fukuoka that
> holds my attention. Why?
> What does this far from simple Japenese farmer say
> that is not said
> by others?
> I'd love to know what has attracted others to
probably a different place than most. I was studying
radical environmental politics, such as Earth First!
and the Earth Liberation Front.
Many of these groups rely on anarchist philosophy and
anthropology in forming their theories. A common
concept among them is that hunter-gatherer peoples are
a social ideal -- no destruction of the environment,
no oppression of each other. That began to change
when societies began to develop agriculture. With a
surplus of food and goods, a ruling class developed,
leading to division of labor, oppression of the
workers, and everything else we know as civilization.
At the same time, human cultures began to experience a
psychological split from the natural world. Rather
than the earth being both home and relations,
urbanized agriculturists began to see it as an
exploitable resource, and the long downhill spiral we
all know began.
In theory this all works for me, but in practice most
people that I know of in agriculture are in touch with
the earth and hardly oppressive of other people. I'm
also annoyed by some of the anarchists who suggest
that we all must become hunter-gatherers in order to
stop the destruction of the earth. It made more sense
to me that there must be some _kind_ of agriculture, a
different way of doing it that didn't involve creating
the split between self and earth, turning a relation
into a resource. I discovered permaculture first, and
then the works of Fukuoka. His principles of
non-doing, of the most minimal intervention into the
natural process of growth and succession, strike me as
a truly earth-integrated agriculture.
If anyone is interested in the subject of
anarcho-primitivism, or the critique of agriculture,
drop me a line. I could recommend some other reading
material, and I'd be curious to hear some opinions. I
suspect most of the anarcho-primitivists have not been
near a farm, so the opinions of real farmers on the
subject would be interesting. Thanks,
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