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The growing importance of food safety to Japanese consumers and its implications for United States farmers

  • Raymond A. Jussaume (a1)

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Consumer cooperatives in Japan, which is by far the United States' largest overseas market for agricultural commodities, expanded rapidly in the 1980s. Their recent success, according to Japanese reports, has been due to their responsiveness to increasing consumer demand for foods produced with minimal use of petrochemical inputs. I present data that confirm this claim by showing that the high level of concern that Japanese consumer cooperative members have about food safety is the main reason they give for joining cooperatives. I then discuss the significance of this trend for American agriculture, in particular whether Japanese consumer cooperatives could become a marketing channel for Americans who specialize in producing food with less intensive use of agricultural chemicals.

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The growing importance of food safety to Japanese consumers and its implications for United States farmers

  • Raymond A. Jussaume (a1)

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