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 446,662 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Masanobu Fukuoka is the 360th most popular philosopher (down from 354th in 2019), the 127th most popular biography from Japan (up from 132nd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Japanese 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 360 out of 1,089Before him are Antoine Arnauld, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Yi I, Wilhelm Windelband, Timon of Phlius, and Francisco de Vitoria. After him are Antonio Negri, Maurice Halbwachs, Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, H. L. A. Hart, John of Salisbury, and Karl Rahner.

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Among people born in 1913, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 43Before him are Roger Wolcott Sperry, Willis Lamb, René Clément, Wolfgang Paul, Mehmet Shehu, and Muddy Waters. After him are Charles Trenet, Aimé Césaire, Irwin Shaw, Peter Cushing, Vinicius de Moraes, and Mary Ainsworth. Among people deceased in 2008, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 33Before him are Mahmoud Darwish, Mel Ferrer, Michael Crichton, Robert Rauschenberg, Willis Lamb, and John Archibald Wheeler. After him are Ivan Rebroff, Horst Tappert, Aimé Césaire, George Habash, Giuseppe Di Stefano, and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow.

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Among people born in Japan, Masanobu Fukuoka ranks 127 out of 5,560Before him are Tokugawa Hidetada (1579), Kuniaki Koiso (1880), Arata Isozaki (1931), Momofuku Ando (1910), Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), and Emperor Nintoku (290). After him are Shoichi Yokoi (1915), Emperor Kōrei (-341), Junichiro Koizumi (1942), Hisataka Okamoto (1933), Zeami Motokiyo (1363), and Yoichiro Nambu (1921).


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