Born in 1950, Takao Furuno lives in a rural region in the south of the Japanese archipelago. A small farmer, he was one of the first to begin using farming methods that had proved their worth in the past and have recently made a come back: organic farming. He undertook the venture in 1978, immersing himself in Rachel Carson’s famous book, Silent Spring, and finding in it the motivation he needed to take a new direction on his farm.
After ten years of using organic farming methods and a lot of back aches, Takao Furuno learned of a traditional farming method that consisted of letting ducks eliminate the weeds in the rice fields. His first experiment was a great success. In addition to protecting his family’s health, Furuno now produces crop yields that equal those harvested using more conventional methods, and is now sharing his knowledge with other producers.