We at Okinawa Sango Co., Ltd. have been blessed with many opportunities in the past 34 years since our establishment. We have many encounters with passionate farmers in Okinawa.
Among them, the purity of the thoughts of Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro at Mana Mango Farm in Nago touched my heart.
I happened to find on the internet and read “Nel contagio” written by an Italian author Paolo Giordano, and I was overflowed with feelings. In this book, the coronavirus infection is focused very deeply and scientifically, and clearly transmits “what should we protect, discard and how should we live?” as his messages.
I thought there is a wonderful person… and I asked myself toward his question, “What should we keep, what should we give up, and how should we live.” And I was thinking what I should do then.
The next day, Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro at Mana Mango Farm sent me some beautiful mangoes that I had never seen before.
I kept thinking what I could do… and suddenly I realized,
This is it!
This is what Okinawa Sango should do!
This is what we can do!
Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro at Mana Mango Farm have decided to grow mangoes in Okinawa without pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and they have been struggling for years!
Their beliefs and attitudes are noble.
In Paolo Giordano’s book, he says, “If we do not change something, the same thing will happen again just like the coronavirus influence.”
“The cause of this pandemic itself is the dangerous way we humans treat nature and environment.
Deforestation, our thoughtless consumption behavior is what it is.”
“This suffering makes us realize the truth, which is usually blurred and invisible to us, and make us reconsider our priorities.” These messages have been clearly shown.
In response to suggestions similar to Paolo Giordano, I would like to have many experts stand up.
Returning to Okinawan topic.
The difficulties are beyond imagination to grow crops without using pesticides or chemical fertilizers in the subtropical humid climate like Okinawa.
The pure feelings of Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro, who are facing these difficulties, show the right way to live as human beings and are reflected in the wonderful mangoes delivered.
Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro, as our role models, it appeared to me that it was time for us to “look at the reality and take action”.
Every day in the news, we hear that cliffs are collapsing and rivers are overflowing.
In my opinion, these are serious messages from nature.
What should we keep, what should we give up, and how should we live.
To the words Giordano throw at me, I am willing to put into practice from where I can start.
Nature lives dynamically.
The skillful decomposition and purification by trillions of microorganisms living in the soil.
Purification of soil and river water.
There is a material circulation of living things that has constantly protected the earth.
We might have made a huge mistake.
I would like to pay my heartfelt respects to allow many little creatures to live by switching farming methods.
The little creatures are hard workers.
Mangoes from Mana Mango Farm emit a rich aroma throughout the house.
Illustrated are to express the world depicted by Mr. and Mrs. Shimabukuro who are cultivating amazing mangoes.
Switching to their farming methods will lead us in our pursuit of material civilization to a sustainable and happy society.