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From the Editors: Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan?
Report on the GMO-Free Zone Movement in Japan
Japan’s Animal Welfare Scandal: The Consumer Response
“We Will Not be Complicit in War, and We Will Not Let it Happen”
In the News: Failed NPT Treaty
From the Editors:
Out of the Fire, Into the Frying Pan?
It seems this year we are dealing with a number of difficult issues at the same time, from the Covid Pandemic and Climate Change, to Russia’s war in Ukraina. Food security and energy supply issues are now in the news on a daily basis.
Japan’s PM Kishida meanwhile failed miserably in the United Nations to get a meaningful result at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, with profound disappointment especially in the City of Hiroshima, which he represents.
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) notes that 13,080 nuclear weapons still exist on the Earth, with the U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles together constituting approximately 90 percent of the total. (There used to be over 70,000 back during the Cold War, ed.)
We ask you to stay updated with CUJ’s activities and news on our English website, as well as on our English Twitter account: https://twitter.com/consumerunionjp/
As we continue to participate in the international movement for GM-Free Zones, we submitted this brief summary of activities here in Japan to GM-Free Regions:
◎April 2020: GMO-Free Zone Area Surpasses 100,000 Hectares
In 2020, the 15th year of Japan’s GMO-free zone movement that began in 2005, the declared GMO-free zone area finally exceeded 100,000 hectares. Although this represents only 2% of the total cultivated area in Japan (4.37 million hectares), it is a significant achievement for each and every farmer who has voluntarily declared that they will not grow Genetically Modified Organisms.
◎February 2021: GMO-Free Zone National Exchange Meeting in Shiga Prefecture
Shiga Prefecture is a memorable place where the first GMO-Free Zone National Exchange Meeting was held. It is also the land where environmentally friendly agriculture efforts are underway to protect the waters of Lake Biwa. Although the event was held online amidst the ongoing outbreak of the new coronavirus, nearly 300 participants shared their efforts to oppose GMOs in various regions of Japan under the theme of “No Need for GMOs, No Need for Genome Editing”. In addition, organizations from South Korea and Taiwan participated online and reported on the status of their anti-GMO movements.
◎March 2022: GMO-Free Zone National Exchange Rally in Hiroshima Prefecture
Some 400 people participated in the online rally held in Hiroshima Prefecture in March 2022. 106,036 hectares of GMO-free zones were registered, up 1,320 hectares from the previous year. With the distribution of genome-edited fish beginning in 2021, the theme of the rally was “Expanding the GMO-free Zone in the Ocean.” This time, two fishery companies engaged in pelagic fishing in the Pacific Ocean were registered as marine GMO-free zone declarants, and the number of supporters who support farmers who do not grow Genetically Modified crops has reached approximately 23,700.