Masanobu Fukuoka (2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008) was a Japanese microbiologist and philosopher famous for using “shizen nōhō”, translated to English as “natural farming” or “do nothing” method.
He started his career as a researcher; however, he always felt he did not belong to modern society. One night he lived an intense spiritual experience where he understood that in the world, everything was a mental construction; in reality, there was nothing. After that night, he started to search not just for meaning but to set a life that looks like a utopia.
He founded his farm and became self-sufficient, using only natural methods, with almost no human intervention and without machines, fossil fuels, fertilizers, chemicals, etc. Yet, his rice yields were as high as the most productive farms in japan.
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