Japan’s butter shortage—the result of “climate change and an aging farming industry”—is upsetting locals, reports NPR:
“Some cake shops in Japan have switched to margarine and other shortenings, but cake lovers are still left longing for the taste of butter, Kurtenbach says.
“‘Traditionally the Japanese aren’t big consumers of dairy products apart from say, the elite,’ she says. ‘But when it comes to modern Japanese, they certainly eat a lot of Western food, they eat a lot of pastries and chocolates and cakes, and especially at Christmas time, not having enough butter on the shelves is kind of galling to many people.'”