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Mt. Odake & more natural Agriculture

I went to Mt. Odake.

I was weak, so at first I got on the ropeway because if I'd walk​e​d the way, it would have been the pavement road... then I decided that way.

By the Mitake Shrine, there is the tree called the TENGU's chair and

The root of the tree is stuck to the a big rock called the rock garden, and when I clim​b​ed it, there was a TENGU.

There were waterfalls and I walked the riverside, so it was a good mountain.

So far, I compared with a map and confirmed where I was, and how long it took. I wore a TISSOT Watch this time so I could diligently confirm how long I climbed using the altimeter. So it was fun with a different​ guidance.

When I go to the mountain, there is generally an area where artificial plantations spread. But if it returns to the forest where broadleaf trees open little by little, the ecosystem returns; then animals in the forest need not to be troubled.

Well, thank you for your comments about my field of my last diary.

As written in the book, "From a carrot to the universe", insects eat things which are bad for human beings such as chemical substances, and also the soil in a "Metabolic Syndrome" state of excessive manure, causes a lot of insects and a vicious circle. In particular, the animal compost is influenced by what the animal eats, such as feed with preservatives and chemical substances like antibiotics. Also I know unripe compost causes toxics.

As in natural agriculture, the small way is different in each person, but it features no manure and non-tillage cultivation. There are mantises eating insects in the natural agriculture fields, so the damage by insects disappears. The soil environment is settled by the ecosystem, then the soil becomes healthy so there are not many insects. I think the latter way is nearer rather than the former way.

But it takes more time to be stable in the field which I borrow, and I need more knowledge, so it's been sometimes tough and I'm lear​n​ing it through practice.

In the field of my senior, who has experienced the natural agriculture in years, insects have eaten his vegetables a little but never eaten them up. It's interesting because so far I thought common sense is often overturned. A person must have put a hand in a field; I like the way of thinking of natural agriculture to snuggle up to nature as much as possible. And it was impressive that people of the generation who has eaten vegetables from Open Pollinated Seed (OPS), noticed they were not so delicious as the first filial generation (F1G) went on the market. OPS tend to be thought of as rich in taste, but the tast​e is simple and bitterness is not left. Still it's not insipid. F1G has bitterness and acridity (different from vegetables originally have); genetically-modified vegetables have a much stronger sharp taste. Seeds don't matter but animal manure can make it sweet.

As I said like big things, I compared OPS and F1G by eating but I was wrong in half-and-half. My tongue should distinguish between good and bad for my health, but I'm used to eat modern meals which taste heavy and strongly sharp, so my taste is biaised.

Recognized as organic vegetables which get the JAS (Japanese Agriculture Standard) -certificated organic food, are the ones with no pesticide and no artificial manure for more than 3 years. We can use some permitted pesticides so there are some farmers who use those pe​st​icides. And to get JAS-certificate is expensive so small farmhouses don't get the JAS-certificate even if they grow organic vegetables. Then, their vegetables cannot display either organic nor non-pesticide Label, so in the end, it's all about trust.

I'm glad there are more and people who buy non-pesticide vegetables. However, even if it's custom agriculture methods, I think the love for farm products is the same.

Easier said than done. I think that I don't often go according calculation for nature. There are a lot of difficulties, but I think there are also things to do easily, through trial and error, and practice..


Hayato Uchiyama

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