In Japan, they farm like this; in American, they farm like that.
December 1, 2011 8:52 AM Subscribe
Japan's youth, unable to find jobs in the city, look to life on the farm.
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Tired be being unable to find permanent work in the country's cities, Japanese youth are beginning to consider opportunities in rural areas. With the average age of a Japanese farmer being 65.8 years old, this influx of young people comes at a much needed time.
Meanwhile, in America
, young people are seeking to become farmers -- and accepting incredibly low wages -- for very different reasons: independence and social justice. Those who are seeking job security may be getting forced out:
Increased competition for such low pay raises a troubling possibility, one that has plagued other attractive but low-paying fields, like journalism: those with bills to pay or families to support, who cannot afford to accept farm wages, may be squeezed out, leaving the best farm jobs to those whose financial safety net (parents, trust fund, etc) allows them the luxury of working for nothing.