At the edge of the horizon

At the edge of the horizon
At the edge of Japan

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Future of Fukushima's Farmers

Here is an important documentary about how the nuclear disaster in Fukushima has affected the farmers in that region, which in turn affects everyone living in Japan.  The food we eat comes from various areas of the country and Fukushima was one of the bigger farming areas.  I have only driven through Fukushima, but I can say that it's an incredibly gorgeous area of Japan with vast areas of deep inaka ("countryside") where many organic farmers are based.  Since the nuclear disaster in 2011, these farmers have had to deal with the repercussions of nuclear fallout that has contaminated the land in this region.    What happened in 2011 was such a tragic and unnecessary occurrence, but it also happened in an area that is considered expendable by those in power.  It also happened to people who sadly are also considered expendable.  In this era, in Japan and throughout the world, farmers are no longer valued the way they should be.  This tragedy highlights humankind's disconnection from the earth, from nature and shows us where the priorities are in our current globalized world.

The video discusses organic farming in Japan as well as what these farmers are dealing with in Fukushima.  Please share this with anyone you think may be interested in the topic.

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