The Nature Farming method was advocated by Mokichi Okada (Japan, 1882-1955) as an alternative to the problems arising from the practice of conventional agriculture in the 1930s.
By analyzing the conventional farming method, Mokichi Okada expressed deep concern about the excessive use of agrochemicals in the soil. He observed the principles of nature and created the Nature Farming method to rescue the purity of the soil and foods, to preserve the diversity and biological balance, and to contribute to improve people’s quality of life. Mokichi Okada warned about the need for careful assessment of the “good results” obtained by the indiscriminate use of pesticides, which have temporary effects and bring serious consequences to the environment. Some of these consequences are the contamination of foods with chemical residues, changes in the real taste of foods, damages to farmers’ health, because they handle these products, and damage to consumers’ health, as well as contamination of water sources, riverbeds, ground waters, and broad environmental degradation that affects the entire food chain.
The use of agrochemicals has spread and intensified as conventional practice after the First World War. At this time, food shortages boosted agricultural production at a large scale and fast pace, which caused a devastating environmental impact.
The use of agrochemicals in the soil changes its natural cycle and causes biological imbalance due to the elimination of the microorganisms that are essential to the development of plants, which become dependent on chemicals because their characteristics are changed.
As a solution, Mokichi Okada suggested the use of a sustainable farming method that preserves the environment, promotes health, and offers clean and tasty food.
This method focuses on soil strength, whose quality is a key factor to get good harvests.
According to this principle, soil fertilization consists of strengthening its natural energy. To achieve that goal, there is only need to keep it pure and clean. The purer the soil, the greater its strength to develop plants