Masanobu Fukuoka

1913 - 2008

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Masanobu Fukuoka (Japanese: 福岡 正信, Hepburn: Fukuoka Masanobu, 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, herbicide and pesticide free cultivation methods from which he created a particular method of agriculture, commonly referred to as "natural farming" or "do-nothing farming".Fukuoka was the author of several books, scientific papers and other publications, and was featured in television documentaries and interviews from the 1970s onwards. His influences went beyond farming to inspire individuals within the natural food and lifestyle movements. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Masanobu Fukuoka has received more than 548,564 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Masanobu Fukuoka is the 371st most popular philosopher (down from 360th in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from Japan (down from 127th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Philosopher.

Masanobu Fukuoka is most famous for his book "The One-Straw Revolution" in which he explains his philosophy of natural farming. He believes that the most effective way to farm is to create a system that mimics nature.

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Among philosophers, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 371 out of 1,081Before him are Edward de Bono, Günther Anders, Fukuzawa Yukichi, Archelaus, Johann Georg Hamann, and Moses Hess. After him are H. L. A. Hart, Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, Gennadius Scholarius, Jean Gerson, and Haji Bektash Veli.

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Among people born in 1913, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 46Before him are René Clément, Willis Lamb, Gert Fröbe, Luz Long, Mehmet Shehu, and Jacobo Árbenz. After him are Charles Trenet, Mark Felt, Muddy Waters, Aimé Césaire, Vinicius de Moraes, and Mary Ainsworth. Among people deceased in 2008, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 37Before him are Lansana Conté, Mel Ferrer, Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow, Thomas Huckle Weller, Jörg Haider, and Leonid Hurwicz. After him are Ivan Rebroff, Mark Felt, Aimé Césaire, Dino Risi, Phil Hill, and George Habash.

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Among people born in Japan, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 150 out of 6,048Before him are Junichiro Koizumi (1942), Ko Arima (1917), Kuniaki Koiso (1880), Eisaku Satō (1901), Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835), and Tokugawa Hidetada (1579). After him are Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797), Nagisa Oshima (1932), Yasuo Fukuda (1936), Masaki Kobayashi (1916), Arata Isozaki (1931), and Emperor Sujin (-147).


Among philosophers born in Japan, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 2Before him are Fukuzawa Yukichi (1835). After him are Kitaro Nishida (1870), Daisaku Ikeda (1928), George Ohsawa (1893), Motoori Norinaga (1730), Hakuin Ekaku (1686), Hayashi Razan (1583), Arai Hakuseki (1657), and Ogyū Sorai (1666).