Archives for the 'Food' Category

GM Food Awareness Survey Conducted by Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency

The Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA), in initiating a GM Food Labelling Investigative Committee, has conducted a consumer awareness survey. The web survey was implemented between 12 December 2016 and 4 January 2017. The total number of respondents was 10,648 (5296 … Read More

Posted July 12th, 2017 in Biotechnology, Food

Japan Resources – No 167

Please click here CUJ-JR-167 for the latest issue of Consumer Union of Japan’s English newsletter, Japan Resources (PDF). This time we focus on healthy, organic food and farming, while taking a stand against PM Abe and his ruling coalition, that … Read More

Posted June 21st, 2017 in Biodiversity, Civil Rights, Japan Resources, Organic Agriculture/Food

Update: Bhutan Organic Rice Project

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The project to explore ways to help farmers in Bhutan switch to organic farming methods is progressing. This is an update by Mitsukuni Inaba (Director of Civil Institute of Organic Rice Cultivation) and Koa Tasaka (Co-chair of CUJ and board … Read More

Posted June 21st, 2017 in Biodiversity, Organic Agriculture/Food

Street Event with the “Moms’ Project to Change our Food in Japan!”

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Sticker questionnaire in Futakotamagawa, Tokyo on Mothers’ Day, May 15, 2017 A new citizens group has recently been formed in Japan by people who oppose genetically modified food plus moms who participated in the March, 2017 events with Zen Honeycutt … Read More

Posted May 24th, 2017 in Biotechnology, Food

Event: The International Day for Biological Diversity

May 22 is designated by the United Nations as the International Day for Biological Diversity. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are known to have negative effects on biodiversity and there are international rules for handling GM crops to try to deal … Read More

Posted May 19th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Biotechnology, Food

Organic Rice for School Lunch: Healthy Kids, Healthy Community

Isumi City in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, has announced that it would be the first in Japan to serve locally grown organic rice at the city’s elementary and junior high schools throughout 2017. The project started in 2015 when … Read More

Posted May 10th, 2017 in Biodiversity, Chemical pollution, Food, Organic Agriculture/Food

Emergency Meeting: Definitely Cancel the Planned Move of the Tsukiji Fish Market to Toyosu!

Participants: Consumers Union of Japan & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch CUJ & Food Safety Citizens’ Watch held an emergency meeting on November 10, 2016 to discuss the emerging problems with the planned move of Tokyo’s wholesale fish market from Tsukiji … Read More

Posted December 19th, 2016 in Chemical pollution, Food, Waste

Bhutan Aiming for 100% Organic Agriculture by 2020

Rice paddy field management without herbicides made possible by Japanese aid By Koa Tasaka (CUJ co-chair and Asian Rural Institute director) Bhutan, the nation of happiness Recently, I have been engaged in a grass root technological cooperation project for organic … Read More

Posted October 5th, 2016 in Organic Agriculture/Food

Event: Petition Campaign for GM Labelling

Close the loopholes! Japan's mandatory GM food labels do not cover products like food oil, margarine, and food additives.

How can we avoid eating genetically modified (GM) foods? Our petition campaign which started in 2015 has generated a lot of interest all over Japan, and we are collecting more and more signatures from people telling us that they strongly … Read More

Posted August 31st, 2016 in Biotechnology, TPP

Supporting Japanese Non-GM Soybeans

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Consumers Union of Japan and the No! GMO Campaign are working together to support Japanese farmers who want to grow more soybeans for domestic consumption. On February 23, 2016, the 18th annual meeting of the Soybean Trust Movement was held … Read More

Posted February 24th, 2016 in Food Security, Organic Agriculture/Food

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