Last year, U.S. First Lady Michelle in the White House planted crops with the people. In Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth Ⅱalso grow organic vegetables. Their moves not only improved their public relations image, but also brought out the information to protect the earth. They hoped to bring the people’s interest and involvement in organic farming.
A lot of people living in the city are longing for rural life in fact. They hope to decompression through the pastoral life on the one hand. On the other hand, it is a performance of another pursuit of life - no longer pursuing a money or time forced by the nature of the balance of return to human life, is an ideal way of life.
In Japan there are some “practices”, they call this life for “semi-agricultural and semi-X”. The so-called “semi-agricultural and semi-X”, is on the one hand planted crops for food security (agricultural); on the other hand to play innate strengths in the work, in exchange for fixed income, and establish personal contact with the community (X) . One of the proponents is 塩見直紀, he was effected by writers Hoshikawa in 1995, resulting in a “semi-agricultural and semi-X” concept. From then on he promoted the “semi-agricultural and semi-X” doctrine of life - to the simple life, sustainable model, based on their individual talents can also work. In Japan he has many “fellow traveler.” We are practicing the “farming-X” of life; this is a submissive nature and practice of natural way of life. See the Salt Naoki that the problems facing today’s society, including the environment (all kinds of pollution, the greenhouse effect), food (security, food self-sufficiency), mind (the loss of the meaning of life, material hedonism), education (science, perceptual, survival force), medical facilities and social welfare (social ill, and elderly community care), and social instability (economic contraction, unemployment), etc., and the “semi-agricultural and semi-X”, and is an ideal in this era of way of life. On the natural desire would be translated into action, planting the fields, so the modern farmer.
One might think this is too idealistic life. In fact, many people back to rural is the dream, especially those living in the city for too long, people feel physically and mentally fatigued. Hong Kong Green Foundation to promote organic farming for many years, there are people at the weekend came from the urban area into the Green Fanling, with family or friends together for organic farming for them is an important event. They have grown away from the results is the prerogative.
X is not only farming and a healthy lifestyle, can we eat safe food, and when semi-agricultural and semi-X to a certain extent also due to increase food self-sufficiency, so that the promotion of farming and X have strategic significance.