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DAMAGE FROM TYPHOONS AND FLOODS

 

Both the governmental and the private sectors are anxious to do something to prevent the ever-increasing crop damage caused by typhoons and floods. Proper preventive measures would require enormous expenditure, and for the moment one has to be content with stopgaps. Nevertheless, so long as great losses are incurred each year, action of some kind must be taken. Those who accept that to minimize the damage is the most that can be expected at the present time are amazed at the way plants raised according to our nature farming method withstand wind and storm. Their root spread, for instance, is good, and stalk breakage is only a fraction of what it is with fertilizer-grown crops. Flowers do not drop, and rice does not rot even after rain. Indeed, in comparison with fields of rice raised with fertilizers, fields cultivated the natural way seem to suffer no storm damage at all. Examination shows that plants raised without fertilizers have many more hair roots and much stronger root spreads than plants raised with fertilizers, and are consequently as strong and healthy as human beings fed on a plentiful diet of wholesome, toxin-free foods. Farmers always welcome plants not just grains, but all other crop plants as well that are low and have small foliage, since they bear better. This accords exactly with the results of my own method, and serves to show how superior it is. People of experience are unanimous, moreover, in praising the excellent quality and flavor of the crops. Crops of plants raised with fertilizers, on the other hand, are less satisfactory because too much nourishment goes to their leaves, which flourish to the detriment of the fruit or grain. Offshoots from rice raised the natural way are extremely numerous. The record at present is an amazing one hundred and fifty shoots, producing fifteen thousand grains, from one rice seed. Furthermore, naturally cultivated rice straw is of very high quality and is strong enough to be used in many ways.

 

 

January 15, 1951

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