As we mark 10 years since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami triggered the meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and as Japan anticipates hosting the pandemic-postponed Olympics, we revisit the time we spent with Fukushima farmers fighting to continue cultivating organic food on irradiated land and keep their communities alive.
We start with Masanori Yoshida, the first farmer who hosted us in Fukushima. Masanori documented his own experience of the disaster, and we picked up his story once we arrived that May. We were drawn in by his innocent idealism, and was saw it crash into the dilemma of sustaining a multigenerational family farm against the invisible and poorly-understand threat of nuclear contamination.
The anniversary gives us an occasion to expand on the farmers’ stories and reflect on how their meaning feels different in light of how the world has changed.
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