0.76 kg per acre, Japanese crops accused of “bulking” in pesticides

Global Times reporter Xing Xiaojing Where does the safest crop in the world come from? Definitely not Japan. Recently, a Japanese professor stated that Japan is one of the few “big pesticide countries” in the world. Because agriculture has been in a “locked country” state for a long time, Japan has long become a “lagging country in agriculture.” This statement broke the Japanese impression that “home-made food is the safest” and caused a public outcry.

According to Japan’s President Online website on the 21st, Masaru Takeshita, a professor at the International School of Japan ’s Takushoku University, said in the book “Saving Japan ’s Future Agriculture” that when talking about the problems in Japanese agriculture, the outside world often thinks of aging, labor shortage, and self-sufficiency. Inferior, but these are only superficial phenomena, and the real source is the excessive use of pesticides.

Statistics from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations show that the amount of pesticide used per hectare of agricultural land in Japan is 11.4 kilograms (equivalent to 0.76 kilograms per mu), which is a “big pesticide” worldwide. In the impression, Africa and other places that prefer to use pesticides only use 1/5 of Japan. 

The data of European countries are also much lower than in Japan. The pesticide usage in Britain, Denmark and Sweden are 1/4, 1/10 and 1/20 of Japan, respectively. Even India’s pesticide use is only 1 / 30th of Japan. According to reports, at least from the statistical data, Japanese crops are “swelled” in pesticides, and the Japanese believe that “the domestic crops are the safest” is probably just a wrong agricultural myth.

According to reports, Japan ’s agriculture has hardly improved since the 1970s. Today, pumpkins, radishes, and other crops are grown in exactly the same way as at that time, and “technical innovation” has not been staged in Japan. At the same time, the pace of agricultural development in other countries is alarming. 

The cultivation method alone has changed several times, and advanced science and technology have been perfectly applied to agricultural production. In the process, backward farmers were eliminated and some large agricultural companies began to play an increasingly important role. Japan ’s agriculture, which is limited to the domestic market, is facing a huge crisis and has been unable to participate in increasingly fierce international competition.

With the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Japanese government announced a list of zero-tariff agricultural products, a large number of foreign agricultural products poured into Japan and sold at low prices. / 4. Unexpectedly, Japanese consumers are not buying it. 

In the Japanese consciousness, although the agricultural products of Asian, Central and South American countries are cheap, they are still “safe and delicious from Japan.” They firmly believe that “there are many pesticides produced in foreign countries”, and they are most worried about “European crops”. However, the fact is that foreign agricultural products can still guarantee good quality and low prices even with a small number of pesticides, which is the result of using advanced technologies to participate in agricultural production.

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