Japan has rejected GMO-raised crops as a food source and that includes American produced wheat while America is alleged to be facing a crisis in exporting crops. Is it any wonder since more and more governments, including the Russian and Japanese governments, are becoming acutely aware the threat imposed by GMO crops? A few years ago, the threat GMO imposes on food, caused Russia’s Vladimir Putin to suggest it would potentially “start a war”, noting how Monsanto was at the head of developing GMO foods. Monsanto moved into Ukraine which is where huge tracks of fertile soil have historically grown crops including wheat in the region. Russia has now declared that it would become the world’s largest producer on non-GMO foods and that is encouraging. As American wheat exports plunge, Japan will look to Russia for more of Russia’s wheat production.
The Japanese realize the threat of GMO foods and is why Japan is turning more towards Russia for its wheat imports. The Japanese are becoming less willing to accept GMO-raised wheat from the US. Back in 2010, Japan’s Marubeni Corp. signed a contract with Russian wheat exporters to import 400,000 tonnes of wheat over the following five year period. Japan has rejected GMO wheat in the past from the US and has cancelled contracts as the Japanese become more aware of the dangers of GMO foods. Overall, imports to Japan dropped by 14.9 percent to 5,701.62 JPY billion in March of 2016, the 15th straight month of decline and that also includes less imported wheat.
The Japanese people are staunchly opposed to genetically modified crops and no GMO seeds are planted in Japan. However, large quantities of canola are imported from Canada (which is one of the world’s largest producers of GM canola). The Japanese eat large quantities of deep fried foods and canola oil is used in the food and restaurant industry in Japan. I was able to find in Japan that GMO canola is “growing wild” around Japanese ports and roads to major food oil companies. Also, “genetically modified canola such as Monsanto’s Roundup Ready canola have been found growing around 5 of the 6 ports that were tested for GMO contamination.”
Russia’s Organic Wheat Takes World by Storm, GMOs Spark Downfall for US