International Nature Farming Research Center (INFRC)

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The International Nature Farming Research Center was established with the objectives of enhancing economic stability of farmers and producing nutritious and good quality food for human consumption, through research and extension programs of agricultural techniques based on ecological principles that preserve the natural environment. These objectives follow the philosophies of Mokichi Okada, the founder of Nature Farming, which state "Respect Nature and Conform to Its Laws" and "Allow the Living Soil to Exhibit Its Great Potential Abilities."

Nature Farming has been practiced and handed down over generations by supporters of Okada's philosophy even during the times when it was thought that agriculture cannot progress without using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Today we find attention being focused on the need for food safety and environmental protection. Therefore Nature Farming has been highly appraised for its role in these times. This is confirmed by the fact that the Center has been approved as a foundation by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and remains active in developing and spreading Nature Farming as an alternative agricultural option.




History

1935:

Mokichi Okada advocated the principles of his farming method.

1982:
The International Nature Farming Development Center was established.

1985:
The International Nature Farming Research Center was established as a foundation.

2000:
The Center was approved as a registered certification organization for the JAS Organic Certification Program.