Fancy a supermarket unicorn? It’s a plastics unicorn

Written by By Staff Writer You’re feeling naughty, tempted to slip an edible item into your lunch. But a wad of plastic wrapping, that you thought would protect your edible snack from pesky ants,…

Fancy a supermarket unicorn? It's a plastics unicorn

Written by By Staff Writer

You’re feeling naughty, tempted to slip an edible item into your lunch.

But a wad of plastic wrapping, that you thought would protect your edible snack from pesky ants, wildlife or other critters, might instead put a stop to it.

Edible plastic wrap has been banned in some countries, but in Japan — a nation that is “of course morally and ethically” aware, according to Hideto Kudo, the government’s Minister of Environment — the item has been allowed to stay on the market.

Kudo, speaking last year at the Tokyo 2012 Olympics, said the plastic bag has the “potential” to be brought into Japan as an “Egg or Meat product.”

Nara’s sacred deer. Jiji Press/AP

According to government guidelines, food should not be sprayed or heated inside wrapped plastic.

Meya Nara, a municipal government in Nara, in Japan’s mountains north of Tokyo, is taking a different approach.

It’s planning a law that would ban the use of plastic wrapping by businesses, setting up an eco-friendly environment for its 17,000 cows, pigs and geese. The proposal is to come into effect in July 2020, the 100th anniversary of the founding of this former capital of Emperor Meiji.

For those wanting to be environmentally conscious, Nara already has an online shopping website with an ethically and ecologically aware “shop by the owner.”

At the start of 2014, 15 organic farmers were registered on the site, with a vision of becoming a model farm supporting small businesses and farming activities.

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