47 Farms is a three and a half year project examining Japanese agriculture through interviews and working farm stays with farmers and community leaders in each of Japan`s 47 prefectural entities. As the aftermath of the nuclear crisis that followed the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami unfolds, there are looming fears about radiation in Japan`s food and water supply. Japanese consumers and agriculturists are considering what the implications of the March disaster will mean for them and their country. Simultaneously, Japanese politicians are debating whether or not to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a multilateral free trade agreement that some Japanese farmers fear will usher in the end of Japan`s agricultural industry. Even as these conversations and debates continue, a quiet minority of organic farmers throughout Japan struggle to grow organic produce and to develop and preserve lifestyles that combine elements of both tradition and innovation. The vignettes in this blog tell the stories of farms and farming families across Japan, showcasing a side of Japanese culture far from the more familiar images of skyscrapers and crowded trains, but one that is equally vibrant and impressive.
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