A personal plea for help – to help organic farmers in Japan facing the radiation fallout
Forgive me for this post but I feel that this is important for all of us.
I have been speaking to Mr. Yoshida, an organic rice farmer in Japan whose farm is located just 45 miles away from the crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. His land is covered in radiation and he and his family can no longer survive by growing organic rice as he has been doing for many years. He is one of many organic farmers in the area affected by the radiation fallout and I asked him if he and his friends can get help from the Government. But the government and TEPCO have denied them saying that they are only helping companies ( and not farmers) and only those within the evacuated 30km radius of the nuclear power plant. Meanwhile radiation continues to leak from the plant destroying his farm and the surrounding area. They have no options but to seek international help from concerned people like you and me. Already Mr. Yoshida;’s friend, a 64-year old organic cabbage grower, committed suicide because he couldn’t face the problems any longer. (see: http://fukushima.greenaction-japan.org/2011/03/30/a-vegetable-grower-in-fukushima-commits-suicide-after-restriction-on-vegetables-i-cant-take-it-anymore/ )
When I read that article about the farmer suicide about a month ago I decided to do all I can to help those farmers by starting a charitable effort called SOS-Japan (Save Organic Suppliers – see: http://www.sos-earth.org/ ). I quickly became familiar with the work Ed M. Koziarski and Junko Kajino, two filmmakers who are now filming in Japan to find and document the struggles of these organic farmers. Thanks to them I learned of Mr. Yoshida’s plight and the many others like him.
But now, Ed and Junko need your help. They need to raise more funds to continue filming and documenting the farmers so that the world can find out who they are and how we can all help them. Specifically they need to raise $20,000. Will you help them? Any amount will do! Please go to this website: http://www.indiegogo.com/uncanny-terrain and make your pledge.
You can also help the farmers in the long-term by staying informed and by donating to SOS-Earth.org/Japan by visiting our website here: http://www.sos-earth.org/ We will keep you updated of Ed and Junko’s progress as well as bring you live online coverage and interviews with the farmers themselves.
With so many global crises on our hands today it is now critically important to take action and for all of us to secure our food and ensure that those who provide us with our food are supported and can do their job.
Please pass this along to anyone who can help!