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Japan Sets New 2030 Targets for Green Food System Strategy

Credit: Keiko Fujibayashi

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries released 2030 targets for its “Green Food System Strategy,” including a 10.6 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, a 20 percent reduction in use of chemical fertilizers, and a 10 percent reduction in use of chemical pesticides. MAFF previously set both 2030 and 2050 targets for other key performance indicators, including electrification of agricultural equipment, expansion of organic production, and consideration of sustainability for imported food and agricultural products.

In May 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) established “Measures for achievement of Decarbonization and Resilience with Innovation (MeaDRI),” or the Green Food System Strategy (JA2021-0078) and set Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and corresponding targets for 2030 and 2050. MAFF established additional 2030 targets in June 2022 (Table 1). The 2030 targets for reduction in chemical fertilizer and pesticide use as well as the expansion of organic farming are incorporated in the “Grand Design and Action Plan for a New Form of Capitalism,” which the Prime Minister’s Cabinet approved in June 2022.

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