Why an almost 30-year-old Ontario law could end an empire before it began

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, 05:21:04 AM. A Japanese mushroom mogul could move his high tech farming operation to the United States if London city council doesn't allow him to buy a 10-acre plot of farmland on the city's southern rim.
A Japanese mushroom mogul could move his high tech farming operation to the United States if London city council doesn't allow him to buy a 10-acre plot of farmland on the city's southern rim. Yoshinobu Odaira, the 69-year-old CEO of Shogun Maitake Company wrote a letter to London city council as they get set to vote Tuesday night to allow him an exemption from city land use by-laws, suggesting he could easily move his business to the United States. "I have had many opportunities and still get a lot of invitations to move my facility to Michigan and New York, I want to build my company's future here in London. It is now up to you," he wrote in a letter dated Oct 11, 2017.  How this weird looking fungus could build a Canadian business empire Odaira has already invested $5 million in a 14,000 square foot demonstration plant where 13 employees can grow 3,000 lbs of mushrooms a week.  He is currently leasing the land but in order to expand his operation up to 100,000 square feet with 50 to 70 new employees, he needs to buy the land to secure the financing.  To do that, city council must grant him an exemption to zoning rules which don't allow severances smaller than 100 acres on farm land within city limits.   'Agriculture is changing' Former London mayor Joe Fontana is working for Shogun Maitake Company as a business advisor. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press) "As we all know agriculture is changing," said Joe Fontana, who is working as a business advisor for Shogun...Read more
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