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Articles / Who’s Making What in Saga, Japan: Pottery, Soy Sauce, Nori, and More

Who’s Making What in Saga, Japan: Pottery, Soy Sauce, Nori, and More

Published March 20, 2024

Plus, Tom Philpott is today’s guest on Food with Mark Bittman

Hanako Nakazato at work. Photo: Instagram: @monohanako

Did you know that for every dollar the USDA flashes in front of farmers to encourage them to grow to the max, it dangles just 13 cents to help them conserve the land? I didn’t (but I’m not surprised). A recent article in Mother Jones called “Farmers Could Be the Nation’s Leading Environmentalists” explores what would happen if the approach was reversed, and conservation was a prerequisite for farmers to receive subsidies. Tom Philpott, today’s guest on Food, wrote this article.

A professional journalist for more than twenty years, Tom is now a senior research associate at the Center for a Livable Future at Johns Hopkins University. Mark has known and followed Tom for years, and when we saw this current piece, we’d wondered why it took us so long to have Tom on.