The Difference Between Natural and Unnatural, by Masanobu Fukuoka

Masanobu Fukuoka

For 30 years I have lived in my field and had little contact with people outside of me community. During these years I have been directed straight to the "do nothing" agricultural method.

The usual way to develop a method is to ask, "Why do not I try this?" Or What if I try this other? ", testing technique after technique. This is modern farming and only makes the farmer more busy.

My path was the opposite. I was looking for a natural and pleasurable way of farming that meant making the job easier rather than more difficult. "What happens if I do not do this? What happens if I do not do this another? "This was my way of thinking. At the end I came to the conclusion that there was no need to plow the soil, or to use fertilizers, or to compost, or to use insecticides. If you look at it in depth, there are few agricultural practices that are really necessary.

The reason why human techniques seem necessary is that the natural balance has been so badly damaged by the same techniques, has become dependent on them.

This stream of reasoning applies not only to agriculture but also to other aspects of human society. Doctors and medicine become necessary when we create a sick environment. Education in schools does not have intrinsic value, but it becomes necessary when society creates conditions in which an @ should be "educated" to cope.

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Pruning and extermination of insects becomes necessary from the moment the trees deviate from their natural form; schooling becomes necessary from the moment that human society separates itself from a life close to Nature. In Nature, formal schooling has no function. (...)

Almost everyone thinks that "nature" is a good thing, but few can perceive the difference between natural and unnatural.

If a single cocoon of fruit tree is cut, it is likely that this brings a disorder that can not be undone. When they grow naturally, the branches grow from the trunk in an alternate manner and the leaves receive sunlight evenly. If this sequence is broken, the branches conflict, lie on top of each other and become entangled, and the leaves grow in areas where the sun can not penetrate. Then problems develop with insects. If a tree is not pruned, more branches will be weakened next year.

Many times, humans with their interference do something wrong, leave the damage unrepaired, and when adverse results accumulate, they work with all their effort to correct them. When corrective actions seem to be satisfactory they think they have achieved something.

People do this again and again.

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