The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

— Masanobu Fukuoka

The most powerful Masanobu Fukuoka quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

If we throw mother nature out the window, she comes back in the door with a pitchfork.


The healing of the land and the purification of the human spirit is the same process.


We must find our way back to true nature.

We must set ourselves to the task of revitalizing the earth. Regreening the earth, sowing seeds in the desert--that is the path society must follow.


Life on a small farm might seem primitive, but by living such a life we become able to discover the Great Path. I believe that one who deeply respects his neighborhood and everyday world in which he lives will be shown the greatest of all worlds.


Giving up your ego is the shortest way to unification with nature.


The person who can most easily take up natural agriculture is the one who doesn't have any of the common adult obstructing blocks of desire, philosophy, or religion . . . the person who has the mind and heart of a child. One must simply know nature . . . real nature, not the one we think we know!


The greening of the desert means sowing seeds in people's hearts and creating a green paradise of peace on earth.


We receive our nourishment from the Mother Earth.

So we should put our hands together in an attitude of prayer and say "please" and "thank you" when dealing with nature.


The irony is that science has served only to show how small human knowledge is.


Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experience. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer.


When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.


The final principle of natural farming is NO PESTICIDES.

Nature is in perfect balance when left alone.


About Masanobu Fukuoka

Quotes 47 sayings
Profession Farmer
Birthday February 2, 1913

A farmer does not grow something in the sense that he or she creates it.

That human is only a small part of the whole process by which nature expresses its being.


People should relate to nature as birds do.

Birds don't run around carefully preparing fields, planting seeds, and harvesting food. They don't create anything . . . they just receive what is there for them with a humble and grateful heart.


The increasing desolation of nature, the exhaustion of resources, the uneasiness and disintegration of the human spirit, all have been brought about by humanity's trying to accomplish something.


Left alone, the earth maintains its own fertility, in accordance with the orderly cycle of plant and animal life.


Before researchers become researches they should become philosophers.


Although natural farming - since it can teach people to cultivate a deep understanding of nature - may lead to spiritual insight, it's not strictly a spiritual practice.


I believe that even 'returning-to-nature' and anti pollution activities, no matter how commendable, are not moving toward a genuine solution if they are carried out solely in reaction to the over development of the present age.


As far as my planting program goes, I simply broadcast rye and barley seed on separate fields in the fall . . . while the rice in those areas is still standing. A few weeks after that I harvest the rice, and then spread its straw back over the fields as mulch.


Gradually I came to realize that the process of saving the desert of the human heart and revegetating the actual desert is actually the same thing.


One thing is all things. To resolve one matter, one must resolve all matters. Changing one thing changes all things. Once I made the decision to sow rice in the fall, I found that I could also stop transplanting, and plowing, and applying chemical fertilizers, and preparing compost, and spraying pesticides.


The only sensible approach to disease and insect control, I think, is to grow sturdy crops in a healthy environment.


If you do not try to make food delicious, you will find that nature has made it so.


Since I turned the fields back to their natural state, I can't say I've had any really difficult problems with insects or disease.


Weeds play an important part in building soil fertility and in balancing the biological community . . .


Of course, I have made mistakes . . . just as every grower does. However, I never really think of them as mistakes!


I wonder how it is that people's philosophies have come to spin faster than the changing seasons.


By raising tall trees for windbreaks, citrus underneath, and a green manure cover down on the surface, I have found a way to take it easy and let the orchard manage itself!


Straw mulch, a ground cover of white clover interplanted with the crops, and temporary flooding all provide effective weed control in my fields.


There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write a poem or compose a song


We have come to the point at which there is no other way than to bring about a 'movement' not to bring anything about


Ignorance, hatred and greed are killing nature.


When a decision is made to cope with the symptoms of a problem, it is generally assumed that the corrective measures will solve the problem itself. They seldom do. Engineers cannot seem to get this through their heads. These countermeasures are all based on too narrow a definition of what is wrong. Human measures and countermeasures proceed from limited scientific truth and judgment. A true solution can never come about in this way.


I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw.

Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution. But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real.


If a farmer does abandon his or her "tame" fields completely to nature, mistakes and destruction are inevitable.


Farming is not just for growing crops, it is for the cultivation...o f human beings!


One of the most important discoveries I made in those early years was that to succeed at natural farming, you have to get rid of your expectations. Such "products" of the mind are often incorrect or unrealistic . . . and can lead you to think you've made a mistake if they're not met.


The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe.


Unless people can become natural people, there can be neither natural farming nor natural food.


Natural farming is just farming, nothing more.

You don't have to be a spiritually oriented person to practice my methods.


I started natural farming after the war with just one small plot, but gradually I acquired additional acreage by taking over surrounding pieces of abandoned land and caring for them by hand.


There is no one so great as the one who does not try to accomplish anything


My ultimate dream is to sow seeds in the desert.

To revegetate the deserts is to sow seed in people's hearts.


The real path to natural farming requires that a person know what unaltered nature is, so that he or she can instinctively understand what needs to be done - and what must not be done - to work in harmony with its processes.


As we kill nature, we are killing ourselves, and God incarnate as the world as well.

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