Even though it is October, there are days when the lingering heat is severe. However, mornings and evenings have turned into autumn-like weather.
At the beginning of the “Autumn where the horses are fattening high in the sky”, when you look at the countryside of Japan from an aircraft over 10,000 meters high, you might think that it is all golden because of autumn’s harvest, but it looks like a patchwork of yellow and green. to see There are yellow rice fields before rice harvesting and green fields where weeds are growing thickly on abandoned farmlands, where other crops such as soybeans have been introduced to encourage crop rotation.
With the production efficiency of the primary industry and the income of producers stagnant, the shortage of workers and successors is adding to the problem. If so, it is natural that the food self-sufficiency rate will not increase.
3K, which is a primary industry, is disliked by young people, and images are progressing to 4K and 8K. He says he wants to be a game programmer or a YouTuber for a job, but if someone doesn’t continue to produce food, the food crisis will come to Japan. It’s not someone else’s affair or a fiction.
Even if it doesn’t make a lot of money, if it is not a profitable primary industry, there is no way young people will take over, and they will not even try to live in the countryside. Japan’s primary industries are on the road to decline, and that is nothing but the decline of rural areas.
Defense budgets continue to grow, but even if we have weapons and ammunition, we will perish without food. It is clear that it has suffered from past wars. Fortunately, statistics show that about half of young urban males have ever wanted to live in the countryside. Unfortunately, what’s hard to come by is the lack of easy jobs you want.
Then there is the issue of housing. There are many vacant houses, but due to the Japanese climate, they cannot be rented or sold. The good news is that many of those who want to migrate to the countryside want to do farming.
Here too, there is a high probability of failure if there is no one around to teach farming properly. If the crops do not grow and wither, the fruits are small or the yield is low, the crops are sick, etc., if they fail, they will not be able to secure their income or even their own food. In order to avoid such a risk, it is necessary to have agricultural practical schools in rural areas for new farmers.
The other day, he created an opportunity for participants to discuss how to solve regional issues in rural areas, but he says that he did not even share, discuss, or think about many of the problems facing the region. Furthermore, it is not even a topic of conversation among city residents and students, who are not directly involved in the field.
However, if global warming progresses further, we cannot cope with climate change, or if there is a diplomatic crisis, the food problem will not be irrelevant. The problems of the primary industry are problems of the countryside as they are, but they are multiplied many times and become problems of Japan and the earth from the urban areas. This is a big political issue.
SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are to think, discuss and act on what we can do for ourselves as a member of the earth. Educational trips are a given, but the time has come for corporate organizations and general members of society to shift away from existing materialistic price-competitive products and make SDGs a staple of travel.