【概説】「史実を世界に発信する会」 茂木弘道


小泉 武夫 著

その3 第2章 クジラは日いま一度、日本人を助ける













令和2年6月2日 「史実を世界に発信する会」 茂木弘道


Counting the Blessing of Whales:

Insights from a Chopsticks-Wielding Patriot

Koizumi Takeo

Series No.3: Chapter 2  Whales Help the Japanese Once Again


   The food self-sufficiency rate of Japan is at critical situation. As of 2009, it dropped to 41% and still around the same rate. It may further drop to less than 20%, unless effective measures are taken.

   For UK it was 46% in 1970 but remarkably improved to 70% in 70%. For Germany it restored to 84% from 68%.

   It is very dangerous to expect that necessary food import can be guaranteed. For example, abnormal whether will be a strong cause of supply situation. In 2000 Australian food self-sufficiency rate was 280%. Three years later, in 2003, it fell to 237%, nearly 50% decrease occurred in three years. There happened a case that Japan faced a sudden big decrease of cheese imports. The reason was that new comer China became a great importer of cheese and consequently Japan was pushed away from the supply.

   Safety and security of the agricultural products and seafood that we eat cannot be guaranteed if we continue to depend on foreign countries for large amounts of food. A few years ago, a large volume of vegetable imported from a certain country was found to be contaminated with an agrochemical not kept track of by the Japanese side. Accordingly, they contacted the exporting country to complain, which was met by a reply that they would not sell to Japan any more. In this way, their export to Japan stopped.

   Since food is essential products to sustain our life, increasing food self-sufficiency should be given the first priority in the national strategic policy.

   The author emphasizes that the whale sill play a very big role for increasing the food self-sufficiency rate for Japan. As mentioned in the Series 2, the whale accounted for 70% of the total animal protein supply for Japan 50 years ago, when Japan’s food self-efficiency rate was 70%.




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