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Shumei Natural Agriculture

Verity Sharp visits a farm in Wiltshire which follows the principles of the Japanese spiritual movement Shumei.

Verity Sharp visits a farm in Wiltshire which follows the principles of the Japanese spiritual movement, Shumei. Shinya Imahashi, the farm manager, describes how so-called Natural Agriculture is a way of farming based on a deep respect and regard for nature. He doesn't use any fertilisers, manure or pesticides on the farm, and plants the same crops year after year, instead of rotation planting. Shinya believes that the soil regenerates itself, and that Natural Agriculture restores human beings’ inherent connection with the earth.

Producer: Beatrice Fenton

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22 minutes