Meishu Sama, the religious name of Mokiti Okada (1882 – 1955), was a religious philosopher who believed that nature, in its original state, was the Real Truth and it should be respected. He forecasted the terrible damage that pesticides would do to our health, soil, and our Planet so he developed a natural way of agriculture that became the basis of his philosophy. He believed Planet Earth is the biggest organ alive and should be loved and respected because it has feelings and a soul. He believed spirit and feelings are not only in humans but also in animals, plants, and other beings.
In the 1930s, when analyzing conventional farming methods, Meishu Sama realized that after the First World War excessive use of agrochemicals were being dumped into the soil, causing very serious consequences to the environment, animals, plants, and affecting human health. He developed a sustainable agricultural method that, unlike conventional and/or organic methods, did not employ chemical or animal manure. Even though animal manure is natural and not chemical, it can be dangerous to our health because it might contain ammonia which may contaminate the soil.
Mokiti Okada believed in the use of plant compounds which retain the purity of the soil and allow the recycling of nutrients for healthy plant growth.
The concept of Earth as a living organism is a common belief of many cultures throughout history, from ancient Greek to ancient indigenous tribes of the Americas. It’s the concept that Gaia, the Mother Earth, is a dynamic entity and we are also part of this breathing environment.
Masanobu Fukuoka was a Japanese farmer and writer, who also developed a particular way of farming called Natural Farming, where no pesticides were used. He similarly believed that dealing with the soil and respecting nature was a spiritual approach of life and the main goal was “the cultivation and perfection of human beings”.
Later, in Australia, these ideas came to influence Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, creators of the Permaculture movement. This movement is based on the belief that Humankind’s way of life should be completely integrated with nature, similar to the traditional Aboriginal communities.
“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against, nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system.” – Bill Mollison
“Permaculture is an integrated, evolving system of perennial and self-perpetuating plants and animal species useful to man.”
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren
What is the difference between organic and natural farming? These are two ways of farming where agricultural pesticides aren’t used, however there are some differences. One is that ‘organic’ is defined and regulated by the government. It excludes the use of pesticides, fertilizers and growth regulators, and commonly uses the droppings of animals, biological control to combat pests, composting, and green manuring. It has a holistic basis and is related to sustainable development.
In ‘natural farming’, however, the belief is that the soil should be treated and recovered before planting, and does not use animal manure. The soil should be cultivated as naturally as possible, respecting the needs of the soil and plant growth. Mokiti Okada believed that fertilized soil strengthens your energy, so it must first be made neat and clean.
Conclusion: Several international philosophical movements (Permaculture, Slow Food, Eat Your View, Natural Agriculture, etc.) are interconnected. We can say this is a necessary return to the origins, and respect Earth when planting, harvesting, and preparing food. It’s important to cook our own food to enjoy the flavours, the energy, and creating an amazing sensory experience for family and friends. We need to give recognition and gratitude to Mother Earth for sharing her abundance.
Now is the perfect time to slow down, reconnect with ourselves, understand our basic needs of life and health. To respect our environment. And to live a sustainable and healthy life following three interconnected principles: good, clean, and fair.
“When I catch a fallen dry leaf on the ground,
I feel it the undisputed Act Cycle of Life. ”
Chuzo Sakakibara – An insight into Natural Agriculture.
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