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Zen-Noh big in Japan


Zen-Noh, the National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, in Japan, is one of the world's largest importers of animal feeds and agricultural fertilizers.


Zen-Noh consists of 957 agricultural cooperatives and federations that have a combined annual revenue of more than $60 billion, Zen-Noh Hay officials said.


Zen-Noh is owned by its 4.78 million members and has 4.8 million associate members.


Zen-Noh's mission is to provide Japanese consumers with domestically produced farm products that are safe, reliable and of impeccable quality. It is involved in research and development, global raw material procurement, feed milling, on-farm consulting and brand development, food processing and packaging, transportation and logistics, fuels, marketing, sales, insurance, banking and credit and farm machinery. It handles 70 percent of fertilizers sold in Japan.


Zen-Noh employs about 8,520 people, is headquartered in Tokyo and has offices in Dusseldorf, Germany; Beijing; Shanghai; Hong Kong; Thailand; Perth, Australia; Vancouver, B.C.; New York; Portland, Ore.; and Covington, La.


In 2006, Zen-Noh announced it would not participate in research and development of genetically modified foods.


-- Dan Wheat



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