When I first set foot in Temple Valley I was more than surprised to see so many severely stooped-over senior citizens who called this hill hollow home. I was told that it was years spent bent over working in the fields and rice paddies that led to their crooked posture later in life. Whether that's true or not, the agricultural pursuit is back-breaking work for sure. In the rapidly graying Land of the Rising Sun silver-haired farmers work against the forces of nature, politics, and more to put food on the table for nearly 128 million. Here is a glimpse of life down on the farm in Japan from the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIR) in cooperation with NewsHour, the nightly news program aired by the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). The show is part of a larger project called "Food for Nine Billion," a series that takes "a yearlong look at the challenge of feeding the world at a time of social and environmental change."
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