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MATSUYAMA, Ehime Pref. (Kyodo) Masanobu Fukuoka, the pioneer of “natural” farming, which eschews plowing, weeding and fertilizers or pesticides, died of natural causes at his home in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, on Saturday, his family said. He was 95.

Fukuoka was the author of “The One Straw Revolution,” a book that has been translated into English, Korean, Thai and several other languages. He received the Deshikottam Award, India’s most prestigious award, and the Philippines’ Ramon Magsaysay award for public service, both in 1988.

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