Long stalks of wheat wave golden in the wind. Soybeans stretch across acres. Corn stalks grow tall, steadily greening in spite of summer’s heat. Across our country, across the world, we face a contradiction in our agriculture. Our food, meant to nourish us, is slowly destroying the earth on which it grows. The act of plowing, used to cultivate cereal crops, beans, and annual vegetables such as tomatoes, peas, and lettuce, slowly destroys the structure of the soil, depletes it of nutrients, and disrupts the natural balance of the ecosystem within the earth. All our modern agriculture depends on plowing, as it has for the past 6,000-plus years. But what if there were another way?
The Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka farmed successfully for more than forty years, and he never touched a plow to his soil. His discoveries birthed a revolutionary approach to agriculture: natural farming, a restorative approach to agriculture rooted in the skillful understanding of the farmer.
In this podcast, we interview Larry Korn, a long-time student of Fukuoka’s, and the editor of Fukuoka’s One-Straw Revolution and Sowing Seeds in the Desert. For more about Larry Korn and natural farming, visit Larry’s website: http://www.onestrawrevolution.net/