Final Straw

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This film was selected by Natale Zappia, Associate Professor of History, Whittier College

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Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness is a documentary by directors Patrick Lydon and Suhee Kang. Filmed over a four year period in Japan, Korea and United States, the film finds inspiration in the work of diverse chefs and farmers who have been inspired by the philosophy of the late Masanobu Fukuoka and his seminal book One Straw Revolution which offers  what the filmmakers call  “a brilliant yet maddeningly simple path to sustainability and well being for people and the environment.”

The film is divided into three sections 1) Modern Life, 2) Foundations and Mindset of Natural Farming, and 3) Natural Farming in Practice and Life

A note from the filmmakers Suhee Kang and Patrick M. Lydon
"During the making of this film, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) released a report which made clear to the world that we only have 60 years of farming left if we continue our ecologically destructive ways of growing food. Add to this, issues of social and economic inequality, resource depletion, and a changing climate that threatens our very existence, and the path forward seems daunting at the least. So where do we go from here?"

"[the film] enables us to catch a glimpse of the people and things which society cannot ordinarily grasp or see... thank you for your beautiful work" – Kim JaeHyung / Korean philosopher and activist

“Wow!! A great film … both art and documentary.” – Alicia Bay Laurel | author of 'Living on the Earth'

“Thought-provoking and inspiring … a powerful call to action” – Clean Eating Magazine

“Meditative, mindful … a beautiful film.” – Barbara Baker / BBC, mindful pie

“Loved it so much … filled with TLC” – Keibo Oiwa / author of 'Slow is Beautiful'

“A film with a very big heart … the world needs such films now more than ever.” – Brian Covert / journalist based in Japan

"The film filled me up with great joy and inspiration...I knew it was going to uplift and give a new perspective to my soul, but I didn't know how deeply it would do those things! I'm going to watch the film today... for the 8th time." – Rafayah Uzzyah, Philadelphia, USA

"[the film] enables us to catch a glimpse of the people and things which society can not ordinarily grasp or see... thank you for your beautiful work" – Kim JaeHyung / Korean philosopher and activist

“Full of beautiful moments and messages that inspired and brought tears to my eyes...” – Rena Komatsu, Tokyo, Japan


Main credits

Lydon, Patrick (film director)
Lydon, Patrick (film producer)
Lydon, Patrick (director of photography)
Kang, Suhee (film director)
Kang, Suhee (film producer)
Kang, Suhee (director of photography)

Other credits

Animation by Heeyoug Park.

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Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Conservation Biology
Environmental Anthropology
Environmental Education
Environmental Geography
Envronmental Justice
Habitat Loss
Health and Health Care
North American Studies
Public Health
Religion and Ecology
United States


"Final Straw: Food, Earth, Happiness" Japan, Korea, United States, United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Masanobu Fukuoka, "One Straw Revolution", Yoshikazu Kawaguchi, Seonghyun Choi, Larry Korn, Patrick Lydon, Suhee Kang, Seong Hyun Choi,Buddhism, Gaeguri Farm, natural farming,microorganisms, soil, Akame Natural Farm School; "Final Straw "; Global Environmental Justice

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