Fukushima two years on

Yoko Sudo is a 32 year old farmer. She’s the leader of the Fukushima branch of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food is a non-profit organization with members throughout the world. It was set up to counter the fast food culture and protect biodiversity, food cultures and traditions, and sustainable eco-friendly practices.

After the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, Yoko’s world completely fell apart with the ensuing meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

98% of Japan’s rice has now been declared free of nuclear contamination, crucial for their rice-based diet and the sak√© tradition, for example. But for many farmers in the area nearest to the nuclear reactors, the situation is still critical. Most are uncertain about the future.

Yoko told me about what she used to have, what she has lost, and what she hopes to salvage of the land she still loves.

(First broadcast on Living Planet, Deutsche Welle Radio, January 3rd 2013. Rebroadcast for International Women’s Day and the anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster)

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