Organic Agriculture in Japan

Japan is known as the most advanced countries in Asia. But you know, that there was still a strong agricultural feel of ‘tradisional’nya? How is that? Let’s see more!

Once we are outside Tokyo, there was an anomaly. This happens because there Affairs sunrise is also a land of local farmers / small. In Fukuoka, the largest city in Japan’s number seven, the peaceful rice fields are tucked between houses and temples, in the shadow of skyscrapers that is only 10 miles away.

In a very conducive climate, for family farms and vegetable growing in the annual cycle, to produce food for this city of 1.3 million. In suburban areas, where local agriculture much more, consumers often get the vegetables freshly picked this morning for dinner. At a supermarket in the heart of the city of Fukuoka, is common to get the vegetables are harvested the day before.


Fresh agricultural produce

If you bit into a tomato or a strawberry here, then the effect of freshness will soon be felt. They are very full of flavor, so it does not need to be prepared further. Even the kids like vegetables, including those deemed not good like spinach or beans.

Japanese have a term for the desire for local food and fresh: chisan, chishou, which means, ‘local production and local consumption’.

Preservation chisan-chisou on one of the most urbanized countries in the world is a good example, that in other countries that urbanized it also can be applied.

With the exception of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, and most rural, mostly farming in Japan is a small-scale operations run by several members of the family. The result is not only on the freshness of local foods, but also dedication to the product. Grapes and peaches, among other fruits, they protected with a protective, while still growing, to protect them from insects and other disorders. Dipetakkan Land did well, so that the vegetables will grow from within a few feet. With the help of a greenhouse, it helps supply the plant from spring, summer, autumn, and cold. Most of the work done by hand. Japanese farmers produce watermelon box of tricks bonsai by forming a watermelon into cubes when he grew up, so he can put into the refrigerator. This shows their dedication to agriculture.

Government Assistance

In this modern era, the younger generation is not interested or have started to appreciate agriculture chisan chishou. However, the Japanese government did not remain silent. They provide incentives, to accelerate local agriculture. In the last 20 years, agriculture has facilitated local government to enter the market. Selling agricultural land to commercial interests, will be taxed very high by the government, while giving the land to son for agriculture is taxed only very minimal. Agricultural Center also invites school children to plant and harvest, to increase their interest. Agriculture sometimes become part of school curriculum.

Minoru Yoshino of the Fukuoka Agricultural Research Center describes the role of government in chisan-chishou in three ways. Fresh local food is more healthy, and delicious flavors will increase the consumption of vegetables. Meanwhile, local agriculture is better for the environment, because it requires only water and fewer pesticides.

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