An assortment of news and features on all things agricultural, made in or inspired by Japan:
- Tracing the journey of how your food gets from field to table is becoming easier with the help of apps that allow shoppers to make more informed decisions via blockchain, writes Mara Budgen. Even soccer legend Hidetoshi Nakata is getting in on the act.
- Agricultural exports hit a record in 2020, but Japan aims to quintuple such trade by 2030. If the Suga administration is serious about that goal, it needs to take on the farm lobby and overhaul agricultural policy, starting with rice, argues Kazuhito Yamashita.
- After a decade of experimentation, Malaysian farmers say they’ve found the right mix of nutrients and treatments — including regular rubdowns and nonstop classical — to nurture Japanese muskmelons, one of the world’s most expensive fruits.
- The Diet passed a bill in December to prevent brand-name fruits and other new plant varieties from being taken abroad illegally. The ban, in effect from April 1, applies to the export of seeds and seedlings of a whopping 1,975 agricultural products.
- For children, one of the best lessons in understanding the natural rhythm of Japan’s seasons is to head directly to a farm and pick whatever’s on the vine — and then eat it. Luckily for Child’s Play’s Danielle Demetriou and her kids, it’s strawberry season.