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Natural farming (also known as Fukuoka farming or the Fukuoka method) refers to a unique small-scale organic farming system that does not require weeding, pesticide or fertilizer applications, or tilling. Masanobu Fukuoka of Japan devoted his life to developing this unique farming system. Fukuoka was a pioneer in no-till grain cultivation. The essence of Fukuoka’s method is to reproduce natural conditions as closely as possible. In natural farming there is no plowing, no weeding, and minimal disturbance of the natural agroecosystem. However, organic farming allows operations such as land cultivation, weeding, etc.
See also: Nature farming; Organic farming