Thursday, December 27, 2007

In pictures: Japan's food crisis

The current upswing in world food prices is particularly worrying to Japan, which imports a big chunk of its foodstuffs and so ranks 124th in the world in food security.


Part of the problem is the shift in recent years to more Western-style foods, especially among young people, many of whom prefer burgers to broiled fish or—say it ain't so!—bottled green tea to traditional brew-it-yourself tea.


Much of this bottled tea is made from tea leaves grown on massive corporate farms in places like China or Brazil, but not Mellow Monk: our tea is grown on family-owned and -operated farms in Aso, Japan.



At a small eatery near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, office workers wind down with food and drink before heading home.


—Mellow Monk


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