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Written by Masanobu FukuokaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Masanobu Fukuoka
Preface by Wendell BerryAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Wendell Berry
Afterword by Masanobu FukuokaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Masanobu Fukuoka
Translated by Larry KornAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Larry Korn
Introduction by Frances Moore LappeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Frances Moore Lappe

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
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  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • On Sale: June 2, 2009
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-59017-313-8 (1-59017-313-9)
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Call it “Zen and the Art of Farming” or a “Little Green Book,” Masanobu Fukuoka’s manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book “is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical. It is an inspiring, necessary book about agriculture because it is not just about agriculture.”

Trained as a scientist, Fukuoka rejected both modern agribusiness and centuries of agricultural practice, deciding instead that the best forms of cultivation mirror nature’s own laws. Over the next three decades he perfected his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.

Whether you’re a guerrilla gardener or a kitchen gardener, dedicated to slow food or simply looking to live a healthier life, you will find something here—you may even be moved to start a revolution of your own.