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The do-nothing farm

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Masanobu Fukuoka

For thirty years I lived only in my farming and had little contact with people outside my own community. During those years I was heading in a straight line toward a “do-nothing” agricultural method.

The usual way to go about developing a method is to ask “How about trying this?” or “How about trying that?” bringing in a variety of techniques one upon the other. This is modern agriculture and it only results in making the farmer busier.

My way was opposite. I was aiming at a pleasant, natural way of farming which results in making the work easier instead of harder. “How about not doing this? How about not doing that?”—that was my way of thinking.

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Written by nevalalee

August 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

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