Friday, July 27, 2012

modern research

Excerpt from the book The One Straw Revolution by Masanabu Fukuoka

Modern research divides nature into tiny pieces and conducts tests that conform neither with natural law nor with practical experiences. The results are arranged for the convenience of research, not according to the needs of the farmer. To think that these conclusions can be put to use with invariable success in the farmer's field is a big mistake. 

You study the function of the plant's metabolism and its ability to absorb nutrients from the soil, write a book, and get a doctorate in agricultural science. But do not ask if your theory of assimilation is going to be relevant to the yield. 

Well, that is the reason Fukuoka says 'Before researchers become researchers, they should become philosophers'.

And it is also similar to the bunch of folks sitting in a concrete air-conditioned buildings making decisions on what a farmer should(n) do on the field!


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