Hi! It’s Mai!
Today I visited to Mr. Murakami’s farm for my individual presentation at WSEN summit. Yuki (WSEN member) and his friend “K” help me out to record video. The interview was about 1 hour.
By the way, my presentation is about “Sustainable Organic Farming in Kyoto city” in terms of introducing by video of eco-friendly organic farmers who manage their farm in the middle of the city of Kyoto. Therefore, Mr. Murakami’s who uses “Natural enemies” and “Handmade fertilizer” willingly complied with my interview.
“Natural enemies” is when farming, without using the agricultural chemicals, the number of noxious insects have increased. But at the same time, the number of natural enemy insect (the insects which eat the harmful insects) have also increased. Consequently, this makes it possible to grow up crops without using the agricultural chemicals.
Moreover, we also got a chance to see his handmade fertilizer. We got to touch and smell them with his story about commitment to making by handmade and passion of growing vegetables.
The most important thing to make a safe and trusted vegetable without using chemical fertilizer is the earth (soil).
The earth carries most element, when there is no power in earth, the vegetables do not taste good, meaning of they aren't successful. Therefore, depending on cost, quality, or taste will be using totally different cultivate methods.
The Japanese consumer is relieved on safety and trustee. However, there are also a lot of people who emphasize the price cost. In addition, the social flow is also mass production so that the cost reduction needs agricultural chemicals. Maybe “organic” doesn’t mean super delicious compared to normal ones, but it's still good for our body. What I think is that true delicious food is always comes up with health. Mass production puts emphasis by circulation at a market, and it's done by the same shape, the quality and something's even adding to the big needs everything tends to display for the mass supermarket. It’s impossible to supply these foods without depending on the agricultural chemicals as like as foods by a factory to make the outward appearance even and ship the same amount every day.
Nevertheless, Mr. Murakami is still particular for the farming without using agricultural chemicals. It's difficult, but he said that he would like to supply it to the people who wants his vegetables. Therefore, how to sell, distribution channel, and matching are important.
The question I asked him
“What is the meaning of Sustainable agriculture in Kyoto for you?”
“Eco friendly + Sustainable management for farmers”=2 perspective
Japan has a limited land and even in Kyoto is much smaller. The scale is so much different compared to the foreign countries. Therefore, we cannot compete them by the price cost. The only way for us to survive is to appeal for the quality, not the quantity.
Mr. Murakami is hoping that the people awareness towards earth friendly products, (ex.“This hard work will lead for saving earth”) should be increase.
He suggested us that it’s better for us to choose the in-season and local vegetables. Because it’s delicious, but it also reduce the time and the cost for the transportation. Plus, making vegetable in irregular season need an agricultural chemical. That's because occurrence of a harmful insect to make winter vegetables (the vegetables which have leaves) in summer. So, organic grown foods are basically available only in their season.
Agricultural chemicals didn’t exist from the past. “So why can’t we do use the same cultivate method like as before?” The cultivation right now is using agricultural chemicals for growing vegetable in the irregular season which lead to damaging the earth as well. Something that made in their right season is the best. Taste good and safe. People in the past were more conscious about eating seasonal vegetable. It’s also help to gain knowledge too.
Today’s interview was also a great trigger for me to reconsider my own eating habits.
It was long sentence today, wasn't it??
Thank you very much for reading!