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Hisako Oe, director of the Fukushima Organic Farms Network, shows off her enormous garden of organic tomatoes to sociologist Aya Kimura. “Organic farmers are so proud of what we are doing,” she says, “and then we get condemned as murderers for growing here. It’s so painful for us.” Kimura had been researching the gradual movement towards locally grown food in Japan and now shifted to studying how the Fukushima disaster has affected that trend.<br />
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The After Fukushima project by photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart documents the long-term human consequences of nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that followed. <br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/24/2012<br />
File#:  Canon — Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera frame 81798
[Note: DRAFT CAPTION not to be used for publication. Some information has not been fact-checked; quotes are paraphrased from notes, awaiting direct translations. –MFR, 3/2013]

Hisako Oe, director of the Fukushima Organic Farms Network, shows off her enormous garden of organic tomatoes to sociologist Aya Kimura. “Organic farmers are so proud of what we are doing,” she says, “and then we get condemned as murderers for growing here. It’s so painful for...
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