Category Archives: Farm Policy

Canada relaxes phytosanitary requirement for Japanese apples

TOKYO, June 9 — For Japanese apple growers, the Canadian door finally opened. Canada has relaxed stringent requirements for imported apples, such as mandatory production methods and disinfection, as long as apple growers meet certain conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said on June 8. Technically, Japanese growers can ship apples to Canada, but have not done so since 1998 due to Ottawa’s phytosanitary restrictions. Japan exported apples last in 1997 at merely 4 metric tons. Since 2016, Japanese officials have been engaged in intense negotiations to get the requirements to be relaxed. Currently, apples account for about 50 percent of Japan’s total fruit exports. The major destination is Taiwan, accounting … Continue reading

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Japan to export fresh beef to Argentina in July for the first time

TOKYO, June. 30 — Argentina has officially opened its meat market to Japanese fresh beef, giving Japan a boost to agricultural export ambitions. Shipments of eligible Japanese beef have been allowed to enter Argentina without any age limit conditions, the Japanese agriculture ministry said on June 29. Japan will likely export fresh beef to Argentina for the first time in its history as early as July. The South American country is the world’s No. 6 beef supplier and Argentineans consume almost six times as much beef per person as people in Japan. Japanese beef is seen as a key agricultural export, so the government considers market access progress on beef … Continue reading

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GM crop area reaches a record 190 million ha in 2017: ISAAA

TOKYO, June 27 — Total area cultivated with genetically modified (GM) crops rose 3% to a record in 2017 from a year earlier, as farmers in developing countries seeked to boost output, a study has showed. The area planted with GM crops totaled 189.8 million hectares in 24 countries last year, according to the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). The ISAAA is a non-profit group that promotes the use of biotech crops. According to the ISAAA figure, 19 developing countries, including Brazil, India and Pakistan, accounted for 53 percent of the world’s GM area. Biotech soybeans accounted for 50 percent of the global GM crop area. … Continue reading

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Japan aims to reduce household food waste in half by 2030

TOKYO, June 20 — Japan has set up a target to halve household food waste to 2.15 million tons by 2030 from the fiscal 2000 level, the government said. The environment ministry will work with municipalities to reduce household food waste, including campaigns to raise awareness among consumers. The move is part of the government’s efforts to follow the U.N.’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), which seek the fight against food waste at the international level. Last year, Japanese households threw away 2.89 million tons of food that could have been eaten, according to the agriculture ministry. That means it needs to reduce 25 percent from the 2017 level in order to … Continue reading

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Japan suspends sales of Canadian wheat after GMO discovery

TOKYO, June 16 — The Japanese agriculture ministry said on June 15 that it has suspended tenders and sales of Canadian wheat indefinitely after the discovery of genetically modified wheat in the exporting country. This is the first case Tokyo suspended wheat imports from Canada. Canada is Japan’s No. 2 wheat supplier. Last year, Japan imported 1.54 million metric tons of wheat, with Ottawa accounting for 30 percent of imports. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed that the wheat found was genetically modified and herbicide-tolerant. Because GM wheat is not authorized for commercial use in Canada, the CFIA said in a June 14 statement that it is working “with … Continue reading

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