Introducing Fukushi Farm

Mr. Fukushi is a farmer in Aomori with an organic farm of soy beans and rice, alternating between the two each year. He intends to change farming in Japan with this method. The method proposes to grow soy beans one year and rice the next year and in that way there are many benefits. He believes he has a duty as a framer to pass on farming rice and soy beans to the next generation. His soy beans are tasty productive and most of all safe.

Mr. Fukushi and our company, Soy & World are moving forward and looking for ways farmers/consumers/buyers and ultimately all living things can be happy.

Accomplishments at Fukushi Farm

5 years after implementing the method, the production seems to be stable at 700kg of rice and 300kg of soy beans in alternating years.

Merits of the method

1.Good quality/maintaining growth
 (1) Lessen environmental influences and can maintain growth.
2.Maintaining Farmland
 (1) Resolved problems with weeds and problems with making the same product every year (since the soy farm and rice pads are alternated each year)
3.Improving environment
 (1) Using less chemicals and pesticides as possible
 (2) Improved water quality
4.Improved Productivity
 (1) Using farmlands that are resting. (soy beans can grow in rough conditions and can be grown while the farmland is resting with the right conditions)
 (2) Making rice pads after growing soy reduces use of fertilizers by 10-20%. (soy is able to take in all they need from air with the help of microorganisms)
 (3) Since the method doesn’t need a ditch it is beneficial
 (4) The increase in safety when switching crops and resolving any work issues.

Message from Mr. Fukushi

The soy bean farmers will go out of business if people made rice as the government requested for storing. If the price for soy can be 170yen/kg then more people would want to grow soy beans. 

Currently 40% of farmable lands are abandoned because many of these places are unfit for rice making for the land is not a flat land. However, if this keeps going, soon the flat lands will have a negative effect as well making it difficult to continue farming. The nature’s cycle has been destroyed for economic development and efficiency. The free trade for wood made the forest abandoned and the trees grown to be used had pollen and every year creates a big problem in the city with pollen allergy.

Farming is just a part of the huge nature’s cycle yet has to look at things in the long run and stop using too much pesticides etc. With the method I propose, it is safe and good environmentally speaking and increases productivity. If farmers/buyers/consumers all realize how much they contribute to the process of farming and nature and take charge, I think farming in Japan will drastically change.