He studied plant pathology and spent several years working as a customs inspector in Yokohama. While working there, at the age of 25, he had an inspiration that changed his life. He decided to quit his job, return to his home village and put his ideas into practice by applying them to agriculture. Over the next 65 years he worked to develop a system of natural farming that demonstrated the insight he was given as a young man, believing that it could be of great benefit to the world. He did not plow his fields, used no agricultural chemicals or prepared fertilizers, did not flood his rice fields as farmers have done in Asia for centuries, and yet his yields equaled or surpassed the most productive farms in Japan.
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Fukuoka harvests between 18 and 22 bushels 1, to 1, pounds of rice per quarter acre. This yield is approximately the same as is produced by either the chemical or the traditional method in his area. This page says Japan always had on average tons per hectar since the 60s. We have to convert from acre to hectar, one acre is 0. But is it a useful method? The book is nearly 30 years old yet nobody seems to have taken up his methods. Some of the things he advises are already common - Europe has been seeding clover for nitrogen replenishment for about years, not sure whether Japan does that.
Why would insects know about this natural form? Or this one, annoying because Fukuoka had scientific training: And the scientists, no matter how much they investigate nature, no matter how far they research, they only come to realize in the end how perfect and mysterious nature really is.
To believe that by research and invention humanity can create something better than nature is an illusion. We know that each change in the plant has downsides somewhere else: a plant that has introgressed resistance genes to resist a certain fungus will have a lower yield than plants without that gene at times when the fungus is not present, since the plant will always waste resources on the resistance, resources it could use to produce more seeds.
It annoys me when the research gets misrepresented like that. The whole point of new plant varities is that you have to use less pesticides! He does not say. Or this: Foods that have departed far from their wild state and those raised chemically or in a completely contrived environment unbalance the body chemistry.
This is a common argument in some areas of the organic world. As such, they do not have a wild state, yet here we are eating them. What does that even mean, what exactly gets unbalanced? If his theory had explained clearly the phenomenon of relativity in the world and thus released humanity from the confines of time and space, bringing about a more pleasant and peaceful world, it would have been commendable. His explanation is bewildering, however, and it caused people to think that the world is complex beyond all possible understanding.
A citation for "disturbing the peace of the human spirit" should have been awarded instead. Einstein did not get the Nobel Prize for the theory of relativity, he got the Nobel Prize for his work on the photoelectric effect , something rather different and definitely not as weird as his theories of relativity! Take a look at this graph: Source This shows the trajectory of current and expected yield in the solid dots and the straight lines after The dashed line in the gray area shows the yield growth we actually need to feed a growing human population.
Masanobu fukuoka one straw revolution pdf
He continued to farm and give lectures until just a few years before his death. He had been in poor health since October , and in August of he asked his doctor to discontinue treatment. He passed away peacefully at his home a week later during the Obon festival. It is when the ancestors come back to earth for three days to visit the living. It is a happy time. Villagers tend to the graves, families relax, visit and reminisce as children play together in the summer sun.
The One-Straw Revolution
Life[ edit ] Fukuoka was born on 2 February in Iyo, Ehime , Japan, the second son of Kameichi Fukuoka, an educated and wealthy land owner and local leader. He attended Gifu Prefecture Agricultural College and trained as a microbiologist and agricultural scientist , beginning a career as a research scientist specialising in plant pathology. He worked at the Plant Inspection Division of the Yokohama Customs Bureau in as an agricultural customs inspector. In he was hospitalised with pneumonia , and while recovering, he stated that he had a profound spiritual experience that transformed his world view    and led him to doubt the practices of modern "Western" agricultural science. Among other practices, he abandoned pruning an area of citrus trees, which caused the trees to become affected by insects and the branches to become entangled.
Fukuoka harvests between 18 and 22 bushels 1, to 1, pounds of rice per quarter acre. This yield is approximately the same as is produced by either the chemical or the traditional method in his area. This page says Japan always had on average tons per hectar since the 60s. We have to convert from acre to hectar, one acre is 0. But is it a useful method?