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  • Carol
    Hi, Judy :) Fukuoka s books regularly appear for sale used. Bibliofind was bought by Amazon, so they would now be the best source I know of, since Bibliofind
    Message 1 of 32 , Oct 18, 2001
      Hi, Judy :)

      Fukuoka's books regularly appear for sale used. Bibliofind was bought by
      Amazon, so they would now be the best source I know of, since Bibliofind was
      always my favorite. But others may know of better used book sites. And you
      can always try your library if borrowing is enough. Happy hunting!


      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: Judy Phillips [mailto:newmoon@...]
      > Sent: Thursday, October 18, 2001 8:39 AM
      > To: fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Introduction
      > Hi
      > My name is Judy Phillips. I've been lurking about the group for a
      > few weeks
      > now and though I should introduce myself. I live in the backwoods of
      > southern Indiana, where I homestead and homeschool three children. I have
      > read about Masanobu Fukuoka's philosophies of natural farming for
      > years, and
      > have recently become inspired to put these theories into practice here. I
      > would like to reclaim an old cornfield that has not been farmed in many
      > years and has grown thick with fescue and brambles--there are also many
      > wonderful native plants begining to reclaim the space, which I will take
      > care to respect. My biggest question is, how can I break through
      > this dense
      > weed barrier without invasive techniques like bush hogging and tilling? I
      > would appreciate any input!
      > Also, though I have read **about** Sensei Fukuoka for many years, I have
      > never managed to find any of his books--they are no longer in
      > print here in
      > the U.S. Why IS that? Can anyone suggest the most economical source for
      > getting ahold of copies of the One Straw Revolution and other works by
      > Fukuoka? If a bulk purchase were possible, I would be happy to
      > redistribute
      > these books myself via my own web page (no profit necessary--just
      > cost+shipping) Unless someone else is already doing this and I
      > just haven't
      > stumbled across the right source? I think it is important that these words
      > of sanity be heard in our troubled times!
      > Thanks for being here--I'm looking forward to getting to know the group.
      > Judy
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      > To: <fukuoka_farming@yahoogroups.com>
      > Date: Thursday, October 18, 2001 10:06 AM
      > Subject: [fukuoka_farming] Digest Number 24
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      > >
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      > >
      > >There is 1 message in this issue.
      > >
      > >Topics in this digest:
      > >
      > > 1. a bit off-topic, but...
      > > From: Carol <reggiecs@...>
      > >
      > >
      > >________________________________________________________________________
      > >________________________________________________________________________
      > >
      > >Message: 1
      > > Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2001 06:21:25 -0700
      > > From: Carol <reggiecs@...>
      > >Subject: a bit off-topic, but...
      > >
      > >Thoughts in the Presence of Fear
      > >
      > >by Wendell Berry
      > >
      > >I. The time will soon come when we will not be able to remember
      > >the horrors of September 11 without remembering also the
      > >unquestioning technological and economic optimism that ended on
      > >that day.
      > >
      > >II. This optimism rested on the proposition that we were living
      > >in a "new world order" and a "new economy" that would "grow" on
      > >and on, bringing a prosperity of which every new increment would
      > >be "unprecedented."
      > >
      > >III. The dominant politicians, corporate officers, and investors
      > >who believed this proposition did not acknowledge that the
      > >prosperity was limited to a tiny percent of the world's people,
      > >and to an ever smaller number of people even in the United
      > >States; that it was founded upon the oppressive labor of poor
      > >people all over the world; and that its ecological costs
      > >increasingly threatened all life, including the lives of the
      > >supposedly prosperous.
      > >
      > >IV. The "developed" nations had given to the "free market" the
      > >status of a god, and were sacrificing to it their farmers,
      > >farmlands, and communities, their forests, wetlands, and
      > >prairies, their ecosystems and watersheds. They had accepted
      > >universal pollution and global warming as normal costs of doing
      > >business.
      > >
      > >V. There was, as a consequence, a growing worldwide effort on
      > >behalf of economic decentralization, economic justice, and
      > >ecological responsibility. We must recognize that the events of
      > >September 11 make this effort more necessary than ever. We
      > >citizens of the industrial countries must continue the labor of
      > >self-criticism and self-correction. We must recognize our
      > >mistakes.
      > >
      > >VI. The paramount doctrine of the economic and technological
      > >euphoria of recent decades has been that everything depends on
      > >innovation. It was understood as desirable, and even necessary,
      > >that we should go on and on from one technological innovation to
      > >the next, which would cause the economy to "grow" and make
      > >everything better and better. This of course implied at every
      > >point a hatred of the past, of all [past] innovations [which] ,
      > >whatever their value might have been, were discounted as of no
      > >value at all.
      > >
      > >VII. We did not anticipate anything like what has now happened.
      > >We did not foresee that all our sequence of innovations might be
      > >at once overridden by a greater one: the invention of a new kind
      > >of war that would turn our previous innovations against us,
      > >discovering and exploiting the debits and the dangers that we had
      > >ignored. We never considered the possibility that we might be
      > >trapped in the webwork of communication and transport that was
      > >supposed to make us free.
      > >
      > >VIII. Nor did we foresee that the weaponry and the war science
      > >that we marketed and taught to the world would become available,
      > >not just to recognized national governments, which possess so
      > >uncannily the power to legitimate large-scale violence, but also
      > >to "rogue nations," dissident or fanatical groups and individuals
      > >whose violence, though never worse than that of nations, is
      > >judged by the nations to be illegitimate.
      > >
      > >IX. We had accepted uncritically the belief that technology is
      > >only good; that it cannot serve evil as well as good; that it
      > >cannot serve our enemies as well as ourselves; that it cannot be
      > >used to destroy what is good, including our homelands and our
      > >lives.
      > >
      > >X. We had accepted too the corollary belief that an economy
      > >(either as a money economy or as a life-support system) that is
      > >global in extent, technologically complex, and centralized is
      > >invulnerable to terrorism, sabotage, or war, and that it is
      > >protectable by "national defense."
      > >
      > >XI. We now have a clear, inescapable choice that we must make. We
      > >can continue to promote a global economic system of unlimited
      > >"free trade" among corporations, held together by long and highly
      > >vulnerable lines of communication and supply, but now recognizing
      > >that such a system will have to be protected by a hugely
      > >expensive police force that will be worldwide, whether maintained
      > >by one nation or several or all, and that such a police force
      > >will be effective precisely to the extent that it oversways the
      > >freedom and privacy of the citizens of every nation.
      > >
      > >XII. Or we can promote a decentralized world economy which would
      > >have the aim of assuring to every nation and region a local
      > >self-sufficiency in life-supporting goods. This would not
      > >eliminate international trade, but it would tend toward a trade
      > >in surpluses after local needs had been met.
      > >
      > >XIII. One of the gravest dangers to us now, second only to
      > >further terrorist attacks against our people, is that we will
      > >attempt to go on as before with the corporate program of global
      > >"free trade," whatever the cost in freedom and civil rights,
      > >without self-questioning or self-criticism or public debate.
      > >
      > >XIV. This is why the substitution of rhetoric for thought, always
      > >a temptation in a national crisis, must be resisted by officials
      > >and citizens alike. It is hard for ordinary citizens to know what
      > >is actually happening in Washington in a time of such great
      > >trouble; for all we know, serious and difficult thought may be
      > >taking place there. But the talk that we are hearing from
      > >politicians, bureaucrats, and commentators has so far tended to
      > >reduce the complex problems now facing us to issues of unity,
      > >security, normality, and retaliation.
      > >
      > >XV. National self-righteousness, like personal
      > >self-righteousness, is a mistake. It is misleading. It is a sign
      > >of weakness. Any war that we may make now against terrorism will
      > >come as a new installment in a history of war in which we have
      > >fully participated. We are not innocent of making war against
      > >civilian populations. The modern doctrine of such warfare was set
      > >forth and enacted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, who held
      > >that a civilian population could be declared guilty and rightly
      > >subjected to military punishment. We have never repudiated that
      > >doctrine.
      > >
      > >XVI. It is a mistake also -- as events since September 11 have
      > >shown -- to suppose that a government can promote and participate
      > >in a global economy and at the same time act exclusively in its
      > >own interest by abrogating its international treaties and
      > >standing apart from international cooperation on moral issues.
      > >
      > >XVII. And surely, in our country, under our Constitution, it is a
      > >fundamental error to suppose that any crisis or emergency can
      > >justify any form of political oppression. Since September 11, far
      > >too many public voices have presumed to "speak for us" in saying
      > >that Americans will gladly accept a reduction of freedom in
      > >exchange for greater "security." Some would, maybe. But some
      > >others would accept a reduction in security (and in global trade)
      > >far more willingly than they would accept any abridgement of our
      > >Constitutional rights.
      > >
      > >XVIII. In a time such as this, when we have been seriously and
      > >most cruelly hurt by those who hate us, and when we must consider
      > >ourselves to be gravely threatened by those same people, it is
      > >hard to speak of the ways of peace and to remember that Christ
      > >enjoined us to love our enemies, but this is no less necessary
      > >for being difficult.
      > >
      > >XIX. Even now we dare not forget that since the attack on Pearl
      > >Harbor -- to which the present attack has been often and not
      > >usefully compared -- we humans have suffered an almost
      > >uninterrupted sequence of wars, none of which has brought peace
      > >or made us more peaceable.
      > >
      > >XX. The aim and result of war necessarily is not peace but
      > >victory, and any victory won by violence necessarily justifies
      > >the violence that won it and leads to further violence. If we are
      > >serious about innovation, must we not conclude that we need
      > >something new to replace our perpetual "war to end war"?
      > >
      > >XXI. What leads to peace is not violence but peaceableness, which
      > >is not passivity, but an alert, informed, practiced, and active
      > >state of being. We should recognize that while we have
      > >extravagantly subsidized the means of war, we have almost totally
      > >neglected the ways of peaceableness. We have, for example,
      > >several national military academies, but not one peace academy.
      > >We have ignored the teachings and the examples of Christ, Gandhi,
      > >Martin Luther King, and other peaceable leaders. And here we have
      > >an inescapable duty to notice also that war is profitable,
      > >whereas the means of peaceableness, being cheap or free, make no
      > >money.
      > >
      > >XXII. The key to peaceableness is continuous practice. It is
      > >wrong to suppose that we can exploit and impoverish the poorer
      > >countries, while arming them and instructing them in the newest
      > >means of war, and then reasonably expect them to be peaceable.
      > >
      > >XXIII. We must not again allow public emotion or the public media
      > >to caricature our enemies. If our enemies are now to be some
      > >nations of Islam, then we should undertake to know those enemies.
      > >Our schools should begin to teach the histories, cultures, arts,
      > >and language of the Islamic nations. And our leaders should have
      > >the humility and the wisdom to ask the reasons some of those
      > >people have for hating us.
      > >
      > >XXIV. Starting with the economies of food and farming, we should
      > >promote at home, and encourage abroad, the ideal of local
      > >self-sufficiency. We should recognize that this is the surest,
      > >the safest, and the cheapest way for the world to live. We should
      > >not countenance the loss or destruction of any local capacity to
      > >produce necessary goods.
      > >
      > >XXV. We should reconsider and renew and extend our efforts to
      > >protect the natural foundations of the human economy: soil,
      > >water, and air. We should protect every intact ecosystem and
      > >watershed that we have left, and begin restoration of those that
      > >have been damaged.
      > >
      > >XXVI. The complexity of our present trouble suggests as never
      > >before that we need to change our present concept of education.
      > >Education is not properly an industry, and its proper use is not
      > >to serve industries, neither by job-training nor by
      > >industry-subsidized research. It's proper use is to enable
      > >citizens to live lives that are economically, politically,
      > >socially, and culturally responsible. This cannot be done by
      > >gathering or "accessing" what we now call "information" -- which
      > >is to say facts without context and therefore without priority. A
      > >proper education enables young people to put their lives in
      > >order, which means knowing what things are more important than
      > >other things; it means putting first things first.
      > >
      > >XXVII. The first thing we must begin to teach our children (and
      > >learn ourselves) is that we cannot spend and consume endlessly.
      > >We have got to learn to save and conserve. We do need a "new
      > >economy," but one that is founded on thrift and care, on saving
      > >and conserving, not on excess and waste. An economy based on
      > >waste is inherently and hopelessly violent, and war is its
      > >inevitable by-product. We need a peaceable economy.
      > >
      > >
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    • Frank McAvinchey
      Well, okay then. ... [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      Message 32 of 32 , Nov 17, 2009
        Well, okay then.

        On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 12:17 AM, <fdnokes@...> wrote:

        > Fukuoka had a very good way of communicating this very same idea.
        > He wrote it and lived it. And it was at the heart of his ideas about
        > farming.
        > We're not really worshipping the man here.
        > Just really taken with the spirit of his ideas, and the way he expressed
        > them.
        > frances
        > > Yep! My thoughts exactly.
        > >
        > > Frank
        > >
        > I do trust my own research on what I see on my own land.
        > >>

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