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On my way to the One-Straw Revolution

Francesco Mossolin’s Letter to Pia Pera

Dear friend,
these reflections of mine on the One-Straw Revolution arise from a journey that began 15 years ago, and they are the account of a short stretch of my journey, because this Revolution, within me, is still running its course, with its joys and sorrows, its successes and especially its failures. My intent is to analyze the experience so far, gather its essence, and turn it into words, perhaps advice, for those who feel the same desire and longing to walk the One-Straw Revolution Trail.

I embraced this cause at the age of 14, when at the Agricultural Institute, a lecturer, who has become a close friend over the years, with great conviction apostrophized as “useless” all the notions we were painstakingly learning, adding, “read Masanobu Fukuoka’s texts and you will understand what agriculture really is.”

In spite of my young age, the writings of that Japanese farmer resonated with me as pure truth; it was like having found the Main Path again after years of uncertainty; an ancient call to return to Nature. Indeed, I felt that he really understood Nature, and from that moment I decided to walk this Path myself.

Reinforcing my convictions was the work that from an early age my brothers and I had to do in the home garden: the techniques we used, so unfriendly to nature, pushed me further and further away from the methods of traditional agriculture, while more and more in me burned the desire to try and experiment with Natural Farming, certain that it would be a success.

The five years of High School passed without my experiencing this method, but in the meantime, the imagination created, and slowly, immense fields, full of vegetables, fruit trees, grains, a kind of Earthly Paradise, made room in my imagination. In my mind everything was clear, all that was missing was the ground on which to realize this vision of mine, but the belief was that everything would be easy, simple, immediate.

My arrival in Florence unexpectedly created the conditions for the manifestation of this possibility: a beautiful olive grove on which to experience and bring into reality that Paradise that had been crowding not only my mind but also my heart for years now.

Dear Friend, If I told you now that, in four years, not a single blade of grass grew from thousands of seeds in the clay balls, and if I told you with how discouragement each year I noted the failure of my attempts to apply this method, you would wonder what made me continue, persist and want to believe in this farmer named Fukuoka.

However, the image of my little Paradise was always in my mind, and inside I felt deeply that Fukuoka had understood something, had intuited and grasped the secrets of Nature, but I really could not understand how he had done it and, above all, I could not recognize my own mistakes.

Thinking back to those four years, to the experiments in the olive grove in the hills of Bagno a Ripoli, I can clearly see that I, at that time, was not well, I felt spiritually burdened, and the agricultural failures reflected an inner state devoid of joy and serenity.

Heaven willed that after four years of existential difficulties, I should meet my spiritual Master, Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov, thanks to whom I was able to transform my existence and begin to know and live my destiny.

So I can say that it is thanks to Master Aïvanhov that my life has been able to change course, to find its goal, its joy and serenity, and it is always thanks to Him that my path along the Straw Thread Revolution has been able to deepen and find meaning and logic, even in its failures.

Thanks to his presence, not physical but spiritual, I understood an essential first thing: the One-Straw Revolution is an inner revolution, it is a spiritual path, of reconnecting with Nature and our Essence. I thus began to delve into the philosophical aspect of it, trying to understand and “identify” with Fukuoka’s thought.

In this regard, I well remember that one day at a work camp for preparing clay balls to green a burned area, during the lunch break, I asked if any of the participants were able to tell me about the Fukuoka Philosophy. The answer puzzled me, “But what philosophy, here we sow and there is nothing else to do!…”

I deeply understood why this method did not develop as well as it could have, because, before being a technical method of cultivation, Natural Agriculture is a discipline of life, a philosophical method, which must therefore be understood, applied and experienced first on the spiritual level instead of the material level.

Thanks to Master Aïvanhov, there was another important step toward a greater understanding of this path of mine. Indeed, He often mentions the Deva of Nature in His lectures: I had already heard of them, but it was only through His Teaching that I began to understand that Nature is alive; it is inhabited by invisible Entities, who care for and sustain it in every aspect: its beauty, symmetry, colors, scents; all of this is the work of these invisible Intelligences, whose presence is manifested in tangible and admirable results.

A magical world that of the Deva … it was like becoming a child again, leaving aside many preconceptions, opening the heart to new points of view …

As many know, methods of cultivation in “collaboration” with the Deva have found its concrete and high manifestation in the Findhorn experience and the Perelandra Garden, thanks to women with special inner abilities who were able to communicate directly with these Intelligences.

Over the past few years I have continued to experiment with various natural methods, and although the results obtained are not yet comparable to those obtained at Findhorn or in other similar realities, I can say that the garden and the orchard in which, together with two spiritual brothers, I work every day, are now special places: there is an air of peace and harmony there, the plants are healthy and lush, and you can feel that Nature is alive, joyful.

When I go down to the field, and go to the vegetable garden, I greet the Entities living there, bring them my affection and feel that they smile, greet me and are glad to be recognized; in fact, when you thank them for the work they do they are happy and rejoice, and my heart also warms and expands.

Wanting to foster a deep understanding of the philosophy and spiritual dimension of the Straw Strand Revolution, I can say that Fukuoka acted according to the logic of intuition, through a kind of Higher Intelligence, which prescinds from the intellect. He was in such harmony and attunement with Nature that through its invisible inhabitants, and through his intuition, he received information on how, where and when to act. In other words, he was no longer separate from Nature, but had become an integral part of it, and his Revolution aims to bring man back to this very condition.

We could also go so far as to say that man’s purpose is not only to return toward Nature, to cultivate it with natural methods, with Love and Gratitude, trying to become one with it, but also has the task of making it beautiful, of creating Harmony and Poetry. The ancient Scriptures speak of the Garden of Eden and therefore, just as the great philosopher-gardener Jorn de Précyargued, man is born with the task of cultivating Harmony and Beauty on this earth.

However, this great ideal, which gives impetus to all those who embrace the One-Straw Revolution, must be accompanied by other considerations: indeed, one cannot hope to succeed in this great undertaking simply by scattering clay balls on fallow fields. The revolution must be made first of all within oneself, first of all by knowing Nature in a deep and spiritual way, but also from a scientific point of view.In fact, Fukuoka was a biologist, he knew Nature and traditional agriculture from an intellectual point of view, and if subsequently his superior intuition was able to guide him so well, it is because it was based on technical knowledge. Although Fukuoka rejected scientific knowledge, stating its uselessness, a minimum knowledge of nature is indispensable. One day when man is more spiritually evolved, there will be no need to have any technical knowledge, he will simply always know what is correct to do; but until then intellect and knowledge will have to help and support our work.

In fact, if we do not know the type of soil, the climate, the resistance of the plants and many other things, our Revolution will not have sufficient tools to be able to be realized. To this technical knowledge must be added knowledge of the unseen world, to know who these intelligent Entities that populate Nature really are and how to get in touch with them. Only when these two aspects have developed and harmonized can we try to develop and apply the intuitive plane, a type of knowledge that we can precisely call “Higher.”

The One-Straw Revolution, for those who have not yet understood, is a spiritual revolution, pushing man back toward Nature and, through him, toward God, that God who manifests Himself in all of Creation, in every flower, every tree and shrub, every brother and sister, and every creature in the Universe. This return to God is the road that leads Man to a Universal Brotherhood in which, as St. Francis teaches us, the sun is not just a bright star but is Brother Sun, the moon is not just a satellite but is Sister Moon, the wolf not a ferocious beast but Brother Wolf…

I have written these few lines because in my heart lives the hope that more and more people will be deeply touched by the desire to give birth to this Revolution, so that Man will understand the importance of looking at Mother Earth with different eyes, of loving, understanding and cultivating her with natural, therefore loving, methods … in order to recreate the Earthly Paradise, a new Eden …

As you see, my dear Friend, the Straw Strand Revolution has brought in me many fruits, sweet and juicy, it has brought in me the joy of discovering what Nature is, the pleasant feeling of always being surrounded by many Friends, the understanding that even failures are an essential step for learning and for one’s own growth, but most of all it has given me a Way back to myself.

February 2014

Francesco Mossolin

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Basta Tagliare e Bruciare – di Franco e Margherita Tassi

In the face of the ongoing massacre of the tree stock, and the dastardly slaughter of forests without validjustifications, Spring 2022 is registering comforting signs in Italy of the awakening of the People.Trees and Forests Basta Tagliare e Bruciare!

A first strong shock comes from Florence, where on Saturday, May 28, a crowd of activistsexpressed their strong dissent in front of the Tuscany Region building, displaying Banners and posters in defense of Nature. No wonder the protest starts right here, since Tuscany , still captive to a short-range productivist view of the forest heritage, deserves undoubtedly the title of “Enemy Region of the Green Mantle of the Planet.”.

Against Biomass Power Plants are devouring our forests took sides with the Earth Movement and Italia Nostra, The United Group of Italian Forests and the League for the Protection of Birds, and a bunch of other Organizations environmentalists. Strongly calling for the elimination of the huge yet nefarious European incentives, as the frenzied rush to burn forests to produce energy is anything but a renewable, sustainable practice and compatible. But it represents, rather, insane speculation for private profit, incompatible with the goal of protecting the ecological, hydrogeological, climatic, and landscape balance for the common good.


Meanwhile from the center of Rome, on Friday, May 27, a group of qualified Experts and Representativesof the institutions unanimously launched a question: but do we want to consider the Tree an enemyand thus continue against him an all-out war, or rather recognize that he is a True friend, to be loved and protected with care? And the many indisputable benefits that trees, boulevards, parks and gardens, in short urban and peri-urban greenery, bestow not only to the environment and beauty, nature and biodiversity, clean air and oxygen, coolness and to the shade, meaning and value of places: but also to health, well-being and quality of life.

Finally, a successful broadcast of “TG3 Fuori TG,” on Monday, May 16, had already documented a series of very serious attacks on the planet’s mantle, perpetrated even in the heart of National Parks, just where Nature should enjoy the strictest protection. But in the case of the Pine Forest of Villetta Barrea, where as many as 3,000 Black Pines had been wickedly condemned to be cut down with European funds, the first to rise up in outrage were the local residents themselves-a fact, which bodes well for the future.

There are therefore more than justified reasons for the civil and motivated protest of active citizenship to finally take the field with the method of Ecotactics, which we summarize here. To crumble the prevailing false doctrines, nurtured by Ecological Illiteracy, to dismantle businessism and the corruption that now dominates in decadent societies, and to stop the mad rush as soon as possible. to self-destruction, the consequences of which we are already suffering.


Observe and document cutting, pruning, clearing, degrading interventions, planting, and abuse. Inquire about
Who decided and on whom the intervention is being carried out, and in what manner. Ask how it will be used and where it will go to
finish all the material obtained, carefully noting down every detail.

Writing to the media, expressing strong opposition and indignation, with numerous signatures of citizens,
Telling and photographing the documented facts, and exposing the deceptions, pretexts, and falsehoods (really sick and dangerous trees?)which are often exploited to justify certain interventions.

Send exposures-complaints to the relevant authorities, the Judiciary and institutions, asking to meet with thosepolitically, bureaucraticly and technical responsible to make the weight of dissent felt, refute any fandom, explain the value of Trees and the Green, and thus dismantle irregular practices.

Organize peaceful protest groups, displaying pictures, posters and banners, spreading eloquent stickers effective vignettes and hard-hitting commercials, so as to increasingly engage a wide audience, and in the most scandalous casesinform all national and international media.

Promote Green Volunteerism of Schools, Teachers, Youth and Senior Citizens to create competent local groups,well trained and committed to observation and assistance in urban parks, boulevards and public gardensvaluable to cooperate in the assiduous and responsible care of the Green.

Roma, 29 Maggio 2022
Franco Tassi Margherita Martinelli

Centro Parchi Internazionale – Gruppo Alberi Sacri

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The Hidden Truths About “Wolf Hunt”

An article by Franco Tassi , author of Lupus in Fabula

While the “macabre dance” that is leading to the disintegration of our National Parks rages relentlessly, now the attack on Nature hits its most authentic symbol, declaring war on the Wolf. The same Italy that, half a century ago, had amazed the world by saving the predator thanks to Operation San Francesco, betrays it today by starting the killing. And on what pretexts? No valid reason, but only a heap of prevention, superficiality, disinformation and ignorance, such as to be really scary.
In fact, politics wants to feed the clienteles an imaginary enemy, to make them forget their sins, and proceeds undeterred with the help of the “usual accomplices”: barons, techno-bureaucracies, businessmen and shooters. The enemy is him, the “big bad wolf”, as in the fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood and the three little pigs.
But no one wonders if the damage attributed to the Wolf is not largely the work of the million stray, wandering and feral dogs that roam the countryside? Or perhaps he pretends not to understand that, if he goes to the bottom, he will discover that in most cases even the alleged wolves were actually only hybrids? How can we forget that in the Northern Apennines there are bands of large, voracious and uncontrolled breeding dogs? Is it all the fault of nature and of the wolf, or of man himself?
The political response always finds a convenient alibi in the opinion of complacent teachers, but is careful not to listen to the repeated appeals of the Lupo Italia Group. It relies on the National Plan of Action (read the slaughter) of the Wolf, and as many as 70 “experts”. But don’t you realize that the same characters reign among them who have always exploited the predator as a useful Lupomat (= Bancomat) to suck up European funds? And does he not know that it will then be up to them the privilege of establishing, obviously for a fee, where, when and which wolves to kill?
In truth, the fairy tale that conflicts with the Wolf can be resolved or mitigated by rifle shots (thanks to benefactor shooters?) No longer enchants anyone. It has been disproved, refuted and ridiculed around the world by true independent and disinterested experts, with an avalanche of articles, studies and works. The coexistence of pastoralism and farms with large predators is a complex problem, but not impossible to solve with bloodless methods: fences, bollards, and above all well-trained Abruzzese herd dogs. Because, as everyone knows, the packs of wolves kept away from domestic animals, and left quiet in natural environments, are also the only effective force to counteract the excessive invasion of wild boars. These yes, a real catastrophic plague: not biblical, but as always caused by man.
To put it in the words of the WWF International, it would be absurd to believe that the phenomenon can be tackled by firing “a bullet in the dark”, because, as has been amply demonstrated, this method would not solve anything, would increase the damage and would favor poaching. While, as the scholar Gabor von Bethlenfalvy states in Switzerland, “the best strategy in a region where there are wolves is to protect the flock, and to ensure the stable structure of the pack”. Without violating the laws, and above all without compromising the ecological balance. But even without attracting the strongest international discredit.
This is why it cannot be denied that the current political system in Italy, clinging to misunderstandings of a “scientific” nature, risks being, in the final analysis, the worst ever encountered for errors, failures and free attacks on Fauna, Biodiversity, to Ecology, Parks and Nature.

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