Masanobu Fukuoka (福岡 正信, 2 February 1913 – 16 August 2008) was a Japanese farmer and philosopher celebrated for his natural farming 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".
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- Speaking biologically, fruit in a slightly shriveled state is holding its respiration and energy consumption down to the lowest possible level. It is like a person in meditation: his metabolism, respiration, and calorie consumption reach an extremely low level. Even if he fasts, the energy within the body will be conserved. In the same way, when mandarin oranges grow wrinkled, when fruit shrivels, when vegetables wilt, they are in the state that will preserve their food value for the longest possible time.
- The One-Straw Revolution (1975; published in English 1978).
- The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
- The One-Straw Revolution (1975; published in English 1978 –page 119).
- My ultimate dream is to sow seeds in the desert. To revegetate the deserts is to sow seed in people's hearts.
- The Road Back to Nature (1984; English translation 1987 –page 360).