Nowadays, people are always particular with things that are naturally made, planted, prepared, and cooked due to the fast degeneration of the environment as well as the growing number of hospital cases. However 10 years ago, it was a different story. The people of today are more aware of what chemicals and byproducts can do to their body especially those that are used as human food consumption. For these reasons, organic farming which was a traditional method has received quite a warm welcome from the public. This happens even when there are numerous synthetic fertilizers that are famed as effective and successful for agricultural use.
What is Organic Farming of Do-Nothing?
Organic or natural farming is a method based solely on the principle of keeping the environment safe. This can be done while you are making your own source of living through raising crops and animals. There are many techniques used for this type of farming which are contrary to the conventional way. One of these is the popular Do-Nothing Farming or No-Till Farming which was developed and made popular in the 1940s by Masanobu Fukuoka in his native country of Japan.
Basically, the idea is to let Mother Nature have its way on your farm without you having to intervene in order to enhance the produce of your field. The role of the farmer is facilitator as nature itself takes control on the outcome of the whole practice. His role is to make sure that the seeds are placed properly on appropriate spots and soil conditions for them to grow correctly.
Instead of tilling the ground to aerate the soil or enhance the nutrients that can be acquired with human intervention, the techniques of Do-Nothing farming practices minimal soil disturbance. In return, nature itself allows stubble or crop residues to form on the ground and become fertilizers for the soil.
It Cost Lesser
Masanobu Fukuoka and other farmers who had tried these principles and practices were satisfied with the results they got from the Do-Nothing method. The produce of their farm are equal to those who had used conventional methods as well as chemical fertilizers to enhance the yield of their fields. However, this would not be true to all farmers as they do vary in locations and ecosystems. The only difference is that Masanobu’s techniques are far less expensive. They have achieved an 80% reduction in manual labor. It would clearly mean that it is more effective and inexpensive as the commonly used farming way.
Nowadays, the natural method of farming which originated in Japan has spread its ideas to various nations including India, China, Thailand, America, and in many parts of Europe. It is highly valued in places where the cost of fertilizers and farmers are too much expensive. However, there are also disadvantages especially in areas where there is no balanced agro-ecosystem which would result to less produce. The best thing to do before settling with this kind of technique is to survey the field. You can try this sensible farming to start the method right. If all things are in good conditions, you can expect Mother Nature to do its part after you have done yours.