- Masanobu Fukuoka
Fukuoka throwing a seedball at a 2002 workshop at Navdanya
Born 2 February 1913
Died 16 August 2008(aged 95) Nationality Japanese Occupation Agricultural scientist, farmer, philosopher Known for Natural farming methods Notable works The One-Straw Revolution Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award, Desikottam Award, Earth Council Award
Masanobu Fukuoka (福岡 正信 Fukuoka Masanobu , 2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his Natural Farming method and re-vegetation of desertified lands. He was a proponent of no-till, no-herbicide grain cultivation farming methods traditional to many indigenous cultures, from which he created a particular method of farming, commonly referred to as "Natural Farming" or "Do-Nothing Farming".
He was the author of several Japanese books, scientific papers and other publications, and was featured in television documentaries and interviews from the 1970s onwards. His influences went beyond farming to inspire individuals within the natural food and lifestyle movements. He was an outspoken advocate of the value of observing nature's principles.
Fukuoka was born on 2 February 1913 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 1934 as an agricultural customs inspector. In 1937 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. He immediately resigned from his post as a research scientist, returning to his family's farm on the island of Shikoku in southern Japan.
From 1938, Fukuoka began to practise and experiment with new techniques on organic citrus orchards and used the observations gained to develop the idea of "Natural Farming". Amongst other practices, he abandoned pruning an area of the citrus trees, which caused the trees to become affected by insects and tangled branches. He stated that the experience taught him the difference between nature and non-intervention. His efforts were interrupted by World War II, during which he worked at the Kōchi Prefecture agricultural experiment station on subjects including farming research and food production.
In 1940, Fukuoka married his wife Ayako and over his life they had five children together. After the war, his father lost most of the family lands due to forced redistribution by the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers and was left with only three-eighths of an acre of rice land and the hillside citrus orchards his son had taken over before the war. Despite these setbacks, in 1947 he took up natural farming again with success, using no-till farming methods to raise rice and barley. He wrote his first book Mu: The God Revolution, or Mu: Kami no Kakumei (無 神の革命) in Japanese, during the same year and worked to spread word of the benefits of his methods and philosophy. His later book, The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1975 and translated into English in 1978.
From 1979, Fukuoka travelled the world extensively, giving lectures, working directly to plant seeds and re-vegetate areas, and receiving a number of awards in various countries in recognition of his work and achievements. By the 1980s, Fukuoka recorded that he and his family shipped some 6,000 crates of citrus to Tokyo each year totalling about 90 tonnes.
During his first journey overseas, Fukuoka was accompanied by his wife Ayako, met macrobiotic leaders Michi Kushi and Herman Aihara,:63 and was guided by his leading supporter and translation editor Larry Korn. They sowed seeds in desertified land, visited the University of California in Berkley and Los Angeles, the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, the Lundberg Family Farms, and met with United Nations UNCCD representatives including Maurice Strong, who encouraged Fukuoka's practical involvement in the "Plan of Action to Combat Desertification". He also travelled to New York and surrounding areas such as Boston and the Amherst College in Massachusetts.
In 1983, he travelled to Europe for fifty days holding workshops, educating farmers and sowing seeds. In 1985, he spent forty days in Somalia and Ethiopia, sowing seeds in areas of desert to re-vegetate them, including working in remote villages and a refugee camp. The following year he returned to the United States, speaking at three international conferences on natural farming:343 in Washington state, San Francisco and at the Agriculture Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. Fukuoka also took the opportunity to visit farms, forests and cities giving lectures and meeting people. In 1988, he lectured at the Indian Science Congress, state agricultural universities and other venues.
Fukuoka went to Thailand in 1990 and 1991, visiting farms and collecting seeds for re-vegetating deserts in India which he returned to during November and December of the same year to sow seeds in the deserts[where?] for two months in an attempt to re-vegetate them. The next year saw him participate in official meetings in Japan associated with the Rio Earth Summit being held in Brazil, and in 1996 he returned to Africa, sowing seeds in desert areas of Tanzania, observing Baobab trees and jungle country. He taught the making and sowing of clay seed balls in Vietnam during 1995 and attended the World Expo 2005 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
He travelled to the Philippines in 1998, carrying out Natural Farming research, and visited Greece later that year to assist plans to re-vegetate 10,000 hectares around the Lake Vegoritis area in the Pella Prefecture and to produce a film of the major seed ball effort. The next year he returned to Europe, visiting Mallorca.
He visited China in 2001, and in 2002 he returned again to India to speak at the "Nature as Teacher" workshop at Navdanya Farm and at Bija Vidyapeeth Earth University in Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand in northern India. On Gandhi's Day, he gave the third annual Albert Howard Memorial Lecture to attendees from all six continents. That autumn he was to visit Afghanistan with Yuko Honma but was unable to attend, shipping eight tons of seed in his stead. In 2006 he appeared in an hour long interview on Japanese television network NHK.
Masanobu Fukuoka died on 16 August 2008, at the age of 95, after a period of confinement in bed and in a wheelchair.
Fukuoka called his agricultural philosophy shizen nōhō (自然農法), most commonly translated into English as "Natural Farming". It is also referred to as "the Fukuoka Method", "the natural way of farming" or "Do-Nothing Farming", despite being labor intensive.
The system is based on the recognition of the complexity of living organisms that shape an ecosystem and deliberately exploiting it. Fukuoka saw farming not just as a means of producing food but as an aesthetic and spiritual approach to life, the ultimate goal of which was "the cultivation and perfection of human beings".
The five principles of Natural Farming are that:
- human cultivation of soil, plowing or tilling are unnecessary, as is the use of powered machines
- prepared fertilizers are unnecessary, as is the process of preparing compost
- weeding, either by cultivation or by herbicides, is unnecessary. Instead only minimal weed suppression with minimal disturbance
- applications of pesticides or herbicides are unnecessary
- pruning of fruit trees is unnecessary
Clay seed balls
Fukuoka re-invented and advanced the use of clay seed balls. Clay seeds balls were originally an ancient practice in which seeds for the next season's crops are mixed together, sometimes with humus or compost for microbial inoculants, and then are rolled within clay to form into small balls. This method is now commonly used in guerilla gardening to rapidly seed restricted or private areas.
In 1988, Fukuoka received India's most prestigious award, the Desikottam Award  as well as the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in the Philippines', often considered "Asia's Nobel Prize".
In March 1997, the Earth Summit+5 forum in Rio de Janeiro elected to award him with the Earth Council Award, which he received in person at a ceremony in Tokyo on May 26 that year, honoring him for his contributions to sustainable development.
In the preface to The One Straw Revolution, Wendell Berry wrote that the Natural Farming system would not be directly applicable to most American farms. In fact, Fukuoka’s techniques have proved difficult to apply, even on most Japanese farms, and is too technically demanding for most people to follow. Despite this, in the international development of the organic farming movement, Fukuoka is considered to be amongst the "five giant personalities who inspired the movement"  along with Austrian Rudolf Steiner, German-Swiss Hans Müller, Lady Eve Balfour in the United Kingdom and J.I. Rodale in the United States.
One Straw Revolution has been translated into over 20 languages and sold more than one million copies  and Fukuoka has been widely influential, inspiring an international movement of individuals investigating and applying his principles to varying degrees, such as Akinori Kimura, David Mas Masumoto, Kawaguchi Yoshikazu, and has significantly influenced alternative movements in the West, such as permaculture.
His books are considered both farming compendiums and guides to a way of life. His influence likened to that of a "strict and authoritarian grandfather figure" having a tendency to "theorize in a grand way" but not always be practical. Fukuoka theorized that any ecological system forms an extremely complex "network of relationality" and is "holistic system", and this included farms themselves. His ideology disregarded causal associations in farming systems, believing that attention should not be on the crops but on the system as a whole. For example, he did not focus on the idea of "harmful insects" requiring to be dealt with, in his system the crops in the farm had to become strong enough to resist insects.
In Northern Thailand, his visit organized by a former student was influential in the rapid and widespread adoption of organic and chemical-free rice agriculture.
In some applications, Fukuoka’s famous ‘do-nothing’ techniques have been criticized as “grow-nothing” techniques, leading to crop failures and requiring many years of adaption to make them work. Despite its simple appearance, his technique has been described as sophisticated  and in the initial years of transition from conventional, there is some loss in crop yield, estimated by Fukuoka himself to be about 10%.
Critics argue that he was too focused on the "inner world" and its connection with nature, and did not give attention to the realm of interpersonal relationships or society which are also an essential part of living, and his rejection of mechanization was not justifiable for modern agricultural production. Fukuoka had few followers or associates in his own native country of Japan.
His farm in Shikoku changed hands to his son and daughter-in-law gradually during the late 1980s, as Fukuoka reached an advanced age  and his grandson now also farms. The family orchards of iyo-kan, amanatsu mikan and related varieties of citrus, and many more fruit and other trees remain. Many of his iyo-kan and amanatsu mikan trees are still growing, although some old iyo-kan were replaced by new varieties of fruit due to old age. Woodlands remain along with orchards, including some areas of wild vegetables still growing amongst them. Some areas of straw-mulched cropping continue to produce grains and vegetables.
The farm now also features an orchard area of ginko trees, shiitake mushroom crops grow on tree logs in shady woodland, and recent new plantings of limes, grapefruits, feijoas, avocados and mangos exist.
Some new experimentation is taking place but, for the most part, the family does not adhere strictly to Fukuoka's method.
- (Japanese) 1947 Mu: Kami no Kakumei (無 神の革命?); First edition self-published in 1947 and re-published in 1973 as Mu I: Kami no Kakumei (無 I 神の革命?), 280pp., 21 cm; New publishing by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) in 1985 July ISBN 978-4-393-74111-5 and 2004 Aug ISBN 978-4-393-74143-6; (Religion (volume) (宗教編 Shūkyō Hen )).
- (Japanese) 1958 Hyakushō Yawa・「fu*」Shizen Nōhō (百姓夜話・「付」自然農法?); Self-published in 1958.
- (Japanese) 1972 Mu: Shizen Nōhō (無 自然農法?) - first edition self-published in 1972. Publication issued by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) in 1985 Oct as Mu III: Shizen Nōhō (無 III 自然農法?) ISBN 978-4-393-74113-9 and again in 2004 Sept ISBN 978-4-393-74145-0; (Doing-practise (volume) (実践編 Jissen Hen )).
- (Japanese) 1972 Midori no Tetsugaku - Shizen Nōhō to Riron to Jissai (緑の哲学 自然農法と理論と実際?); Self-published, 359 pp.
- (Japanese) 1975 Shizen Nōhō - Wara Ippon no Kakumei (自然農法 わら一本の革命?); Published by Hakujusha (柏樹社?) Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan ISBN?; New publishing by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) in 1983 May ISBN 978-4-393-74103-0 and again in 2004 Aug ISBN 978-4-393-74141-2.
- (Japanese) 1975 Shizen Nōhō - Midori no Tetsugaku no Riron to Jissen (自然農法 緑の哲学の理論と実践?); Published by Jiji Tsūshinsha (時事通信社?, Jiji Press Co.), Tōkyō, in 1975 Dec, 310pp. ISBN 978-4-7887-7626-5.13-3.
- 1985 "The Natural Way Of Farming - The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy" translator Frederic P. Metreaud. Japan Publications. Out of print. ISBN 978-0-87040-613-3.
- (Japanese) 1984 Shizen ni Kaeru (自然に還る?); Published by Shunjūsha (春秋社?), 362 pp., in 1984 Aug ISBN 978-4-393-74104-7. An enlarged and revised edition, 458 pp., in 1993 April ISBN 978-4-393-74114-6. Re-published in 2004 Sept ISBN 978-4-393-74146-7.
- 1987 "The Road Back to Nature - Regaining the Paradise Lost" translator Frederic P. Metreaud. Japan Publications. Out of print. ISBN 978-0-87040-673-7.
- (Japanese) 1985 Mu II: Mu no Tetsugaku (無 II 無の哲学?); Published by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) in 1985 July ISBN 978-4-393-74112-2 and again in 2004 Sept ISBN 978-4-393-74144-3; (Philosophy (volume) (哲学編 Tetsugaku Hen )).
- (Japanese) 1992 Wara Ippon no Kakumei・Sōkatsuhen「Kami to Shizen to Hito no Kakumei」 (わら一本の革命・総括編「神と自然と人の革命」?); Self-published by Shizenjuen (Shou Shin Sha) (自然樹園 (小心舎)?, One of Fukuoka Masanobu's own self-publishing publisher names) in 1992 Dec, 230 pp., 26×26 cm ISBN 978-4-938743-01-7; ISBN 4-938743-01-9.
- 1996 "The Ultimatium [sic] of God Nature The One-Straw Revolution A Recapitulation" - English retranslation, less than 100 copies, no ISBN. Publisher: "Shou Shin Sha (小心舎)".
- (Japanese) 1997 "Shizen" o Ikiru (「自然」を生きる?), includes an interview with Kanamitsu Toshio (金光寿郎?); Published by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) in 1997 Feb ISBN 978-4-393-74115-3 and again in 2004 Aug ISBN 978-4-393-74147-4.
- (Japanese) 2001 Wara Ippon no Kakumei Sōkatsuhen -Nendo Dango no Tabi- (わら一本の革命 総括編 —粘土団子の旅—?); Self-published by Shizenjuen (Shou Shin Sha) (自然樹園 (小心舎)?, Self-published), 2001 May. ISBN 978-4-938743-02-4; ISBN 4-938743-02-7; Re-published in 2010 April by Shunjūsha (春秋社?) ISBN 978-4-393-74151-1.
- 2009 Iroha Kakumei Uta (いろは革命歌?, Iroha Revolutionary Verses), Fukuoka, Masanobu's hand-written classical song-verses and drawings. Bilingual Japanese and English ISBN 978-4-938743-03-1; ISBN 4-938743-03-5.
Journals and papers
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1937 Aug) "柑橘樹脂病特にその完全時代に就て [(A study) On Citrus gummosis (fungus): specifically in its Perfect State (sexually-reproductive state)]" (in Japanese) (PDF) Annals of the Phytopathological Society of Japan 日本植物病理學會報 (The Phytopathological Society of Japan (PSJ) http://www.ppsj.org/ 日本植物病理学会) 7 (1): 32–33 ISSN 00319473 http://ci.nii.ac.jp/lognavi?name=nels&lang=en&type=pdf&id=ART0003055436. Retrieved 9 April 2011 - prepared while working at the Plant Inspection Division of the Yokohama Customs Bureau (横濱税關植物檢査課).
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1971 July) "私の農法(講演〔「近代農法の反省と今後の農業」セミナーより〕) [My farming ways (A lecture at the "Reflecting on modern-day farming ways and considering the future of farming" seminar)]" (in Japanese) Cooperative Research Institute Monthly Report 協同組合経営研究月報 (Cooperative Research Institute 協同組合経営研究所, Japan.) (214): 19–36 ISSN 09141758 http://ci.nii.ac.jp/naid/40000735157/en/. Retrieved 9 April 2011
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1989 May) "生と死 ―私の死生観― [Life and Death: My View of Life and Death]" (in Japanese) 智慧とは何か - 仏教の知 現代の知 [What is Wisdom?: Buddhist way-of-knowing Present-day way-of-knowing] Quarterly Buddhism 季刊仏教 No.7 Hōzōkan (法蔵館) pp. 159- ISBN 9784831802071 http://www.hozokan.co.jp/hozo/bookd/bukkyo/i_0207.html. Retrieved 9 April 2011
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1991 Nov) "砂漠に種を蒔く [Sow seeds in the desert]" (in Japanese) いのちの環境 [Life's environment] Quarterly Buddhism・Supplementary Issue 季刊仏教・別冊6 No.6 Hōzōkan (法蔵館) pp. 52- ISBN 9784831802569 http://www.hozokan.co.jp/hozo/bookd/bukkyo/i_0256.html. Retrieved 9 April 2011
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1993 Oct) "自然教に生きる [Nature/Natural/Spontaneous teaching for living]" 「日本仏教」批判 ["Japanese Buddhism" A Criticism] Quarterly Buddhism 季刊仏教 No. 25 Hōzōkan (法蔵館) pp. 130- ISBN 9784831802255 http://www.hozokan.co.jp/hozo/bookd/bukkyo/i_0225.html. Retrieved 9 April 2011 
- (Japanese) 福岡正信 (1994 July) "自然農法のよる社会革命 —自然の心に到る道— [Nature Farmings' continuation's social revolution —The Path Leading to Natural Mind]" (in Japanese) 森の哲学 - 新たな宗教哲学をめざして [Forest's Philosophy - Toward a new philosophy of religion] Quarterly Buddhism 季刊仏教 No. 28 Hōzōkan (法蔵館) pp. 176- ISBN 9784831802286 http://www.hozokan.co.jp/hozo/bookd/bukkyo/i_0228.html. Retrieved 9 April 2011 
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- In an instant I had become a different person. I sensed that, with the clearing of the dawn mist, I had been transformed completely, body and soul.
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- There is a fundamental difference between nature and the doctrine of laissez-faire or non-intervention. Laissez-faire is the abandoning of nature by man after he has altered it, such as leaving a pine tree untended after it has been transplanted in a garden and pruned, or suddenly letting a calf out to pasture in a mountain meadow after raising it on formula milk.
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- To put it very briefly, my theory is that human knowledge and actions have destroyed nature, and thus, if we abandon them and leave nature to nature, nature will recover on its own. This does not, however, mean nonintervention.
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- The translation of The One-Straw Revolution was begun at Mr. Fukuoka's farm, and under his supervision in Spring, 1976. It is not a verbatim translation. Sections of other works by Mr. Fukuoka, as well as parts of conversations with him, have been included in the text.
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- Toyoda, Natsuko (Sept.–Oct., Nov.–Dec., 2008, Jan.–Feb 2009 (Jan.–Feb. 2010)) "Farmer Philosopher Masanobu Fukuoka (1) Humans must Strive to Know the Unknown (2) What Does Natural Farming Mean? (3) Greening Deserts by Clay-Ball Seeding (brief update)" Japan Spotlight (Promenade section) (Tokyo, Japan: Japan Economic Foundation) (161, 162 & 163 (169)) ISSN 1348-9216 http://www.jef.or.jp/backnumber/161th_promenade.pdf. Retrieved 9 April 2011
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