Interview on Food Policy featured in JA Magazine

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“Food Policy” is featured in October edition of JA’s magazine “Chijyou”, on which Prof. Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University) and Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University), WG2 Chairs, took a dialogue interview (24-27p). With the COVID-19 pandemics across the world, “food security” has regained attention. Prof. Tachikawa and Prof. Akitsu talk about the basics of food policy and its significance, the difference in implications that “food policy” has in the older Japanese context (食料政策) and in the Western context as originally introduced (フードポリシー) in UK as well as the role of Food Policy Council. You can find the index here (in Japanese).

Magazine Column&Newspaper Articles: Installation "School Lunches of the Futrue"

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FEAST Project created the installation “School Lunches of the Future” as one of the RIHN’s annual Open House activities in the summer of 2019. It exhibits four different school lunch menus in four future scenarios based on the 2×2 matrix of dependency on food trade (globalization or localization?) and climate change (are we able to achieve the 1.5 degree Paris climate change goal or not?). This installation project thus far received some attentions and there have been a magazine column article and two Asahi Shimbun articles. We have also published a blog article here. Please find more details from the links below. <Magazine Column Article> (in Japanese: tentative English titles) …

How we started serving the School Lunches of the Future (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

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The Openhouse takes place every year in the summer (this year online 15th & 22nd Nov.) and each project of the institute has to come up with a unique activity around their research theme. Taking place in the middle of the summer vacations the four hour event draws about 800 junior- and middle-school kids with their parents or grandparents in tow to do some fun activity while practically adding to the mandatory school summer break science assignment (Yes, in Japan kids get homework over the summer vacations). In the last years the FEAST project had among several other activities asked the visitors what they consider is bad and what is …

Japanese Translation of "Milan Urban Food Policy Pact"

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The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) led by the Mayor of Milan was launched in Oct 2015 and signed by over 100 cities across the world. Through this international protocol, signatory cities are committed to developing sustainable food systems and the cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Toyama have signed from Japan (the list of signatory cities is here). Prof. Masashi Tachikawa, WG2 Chair, and Kazuhiko Ota, FEAST-Specially Appointed Assistant Professor, translated the pact into Japanese and now it is available on the website. You can find the original text and Japanese text.

Italian alternative farmers and the covid-19 pandemic: Voices from the lockdown (Simona Zollet, PhD Candidate, Hiroshima University)

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As part of the multi-country research project on small-scale and alternative farmers’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic coordinated by FEAST, we carried out a questionnaire survey of Italian farmers. Italy was one of the first countries to be severely affected by the pandemic, and the lockdown (in effect between March 9 and May 18) saw nationwide closures of all non-essential businesses and services, and drastically reduced mobility for most citizens. As most of the early information on the impacts of the lockdown on the farming sector concerned large-scale conventional farmers and food processors, this survey was designed to capture the voice of those farmers – mainly small-scale and alternative producers – …

FEAST Project on the "Local Degrowth Realities" Map

FEAST HQ WG6_Publications

FEAST is now registered on the “Local Degrowth Realities” map. Degrowth-Webportal introduces not only the basic concept of degrowth and various relevant publications (including blog posts by a wide range of degrowth scholars and activities), but also initiatives and projects on a global scale. Interested in finding what kind of degrowth movements are taking place in your city or even the country you plan to visit? Visit https://www.degrowth.info/en/ and go to “Get involved” tab and find out. You will find us if you locate yourself in Kyoto in the map.  

COVID-19 Impact Survey on Farmers (GE)

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The spread of COVID-19 has led to the government declaration of a state of emergency and request to refrain from travelling between urban and rural areas, largely disrupting our daily life across the world. The impact of the pandemic has been found not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, including on agriculture. However, only large-scale agricultural businesses and farmer cooperatives have so far drawn media attention. We at FEAST Project have conducted an online survey to grasp and understand the current situation that small-scale farmers, new entry farmers, organic and environment conservation farmers face in Japan, Italy, Taiwan and Uruguay through this survey and share the results with …

COVID-19 Impact Survey on Farmers (UR)

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The spread of COVID-19 has led to the government declaration of a state of emergency and request to refrain from travelling between urban and rural areas, largely disrupting our daily life across the world. The impact of the pandemic has been found not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, including on agriculture. However, only large-scale agricultural businesses and farmer cooperatives have so far drawn media attention. We at FEAST Project have conducted an online survey to grasp and understand the current situation that small-scale farmers, new entry farmers, organic and environment conservation farmers face in Japan, Italy and Taiwan through this survey and share the results with the …

Worlds apart—Japan’s urban and rural experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader & Norie Tamura, Senior Researcher)

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For the most part, Japan has been hailed as a COVID-19 success story, although the reasons for the success have been difficult to explain. Despite a severe lack of public testing, Tokyo (the epicenter of the outbreak) saw an increase of only 12% in mortality rate during the height of known infections in April1, the fewest of any Group of Seven nation. A number of theories have emerged as to why this may be (cultural familiarity with social distancing and mask-wearing, healthier elderly population), but it may be some time before a conclusion is reached. Whatever the reasons, the pandemic did bring massive change to everyday life. The entire nation was …

Working towards post-COVID Sustainable Transitions (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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FEAST has been busy during the COVID-19 Pandemic on a variety of research initiatives and events. Some highlights include:-Organizing and managing multiple working groups as part of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (FE SSCP KAN) effort on post-COVID Sustainable Transitions. This included: -“Open Forum: COVID-19 Can Help Wealthier Nations Prepare for a Sustainability Transition” (over 300 participants) and virtual “Mini-Conference on COVID-19 and Sustainability Transitions” (over 300 participants). -Multiple online surveys on COVID’s impact on small-scale farmers in Japan, Italy, UK, US, Taiwan, and Latin America and coastal fisheries in Japan. -Joining an international alliance of Degrowth experts in drafting an open letter to offer five principles for …

COVID-19 Impact Survey on Farmers (TW)

FEAST HQ WG3

The spread of COVID-19 has led to the government declaration of a state of emergency and request to refrain from travelling between urban and rural areas, largely disrupting our daily life across the world. The impact of the pandemic has been found not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, including on agriculture. However, only large-scale agricultural businesses and farmer cooperatives have so far drawn media attention. We at FEAST Project have conducted an online survey to grasp and understand the current situation that small-scale farmers, new entry farmers, organic and environment conservation farmers face in Japan and Italy through this survey and share the results with the …

[Deadline extended to Aug 15th] Call for papers&save the date: 4th APSAFE Symposium -Virtual Conference- Dec 3 to 16, 2020

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The Asia Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (APSAFE) is very pleased to announce the dates and theme of the fourth international conference (visit the conference website). We cordially welcome researchers, students, policy makers, community activists, practitioners, and anyone with an interest in the topics. This conference will be a great opportunity to expand your transdisciplinary network and deepen your understanding about a range of interesting research, approaches and initiatives, so join us. The theme of this conference is “Supporting Sustainable Food Systems: Quality Food and Ethical Consumption”. It is a necessary step forward to rethink and reconstruct approaches to agriculture and food production if we hope to make …

COVID-19 Impact Survey on Farmers (JP, IT)

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The spread of COVID-19 has led to the government declaration of a state of emergency and request to refrain from travelling between urban and rural areas, largely disrupting our daily life across the world as well as in Japan. The impact of the pandemic has been found not only in urban areas, but also in rural areas, including on agriculture. However, only large-scale agricultural businesses and farmer cooperatives have so far drawn media attention. We at FEAST Project would like to conduct an online survey to grasp and understand the current situation that small-scale farmers, new entry farmers, organic and environment conservation farmers face in Japan through this survey and share …

Peer-reviewed paper on Japanese children's green space access in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

FEAST HQ WG6_Publications

Christoph Rupprecht’s paper co-authored with Lihua Cui, Kyoto University, “Understanding Threats to Young Children’s Green Space Access in Unlicensed Daycare Centers in Japan” is now published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (Mar 2020). You can access the full article from the link at the bottom of this page. <Abstract> Access to green space (GS) is vital for children’s health and development, including during daycare. In Japan, deregulation to alleviate daycare shortages has created a new category of so-called unlicensed daycare centers (UDCs) that often lack dedicated GS. UDCs rely on surrounding GS, including parks, temples and university grounds, but reports of conflicts highlight the precarity of …

Peer-reviewed paper on consumers’ trust on food labels in Food and Chemical Toxicology

FEAST HQ WG5_Publications

A peer-reviewed research paper on consumers’ trust on food labels “Trust me? Consumer trust in expert information on food product labels” co-authored with Prof. Ichiro Tayasu and Dr. Lei Fujiyoshi of RIHN’s core project “Proposal and Verification of the Validity of Isotope Environmental Traceability Methodology in Environmental Studies” was published in “Food and Chemical Toxicology” (Mar 2020). The full article is available from the link at the bottom of this page. “Trust me? Consumer trust in expert information on food product labels” Christoph D. D. Rupprecht, Lei Fujiyoshi, Steven R. McGreevy, Ichiro Tayasu Abstract: Food product labels can provide consumers with rich, specific, expert-certified product information. However, sources of label …

The 2nd Seminar “Making Kameoka an organic town” (Ryo Iwahashi, Research Assistant)

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On Monday, February 17th, the 2nd Seminar “Making Kameoka an organic town” – Special Lecture and Meeting – was organized at Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto. We have been working together with the food and agriculture-related stakeholders and actors in Kameoka, organizing various meetings and events, one of which was the 1st Seminar“Making Kameoka an organic town”. It inspired us to organize Kameoka Nou Marche in November 2019 and then seminar. The first part of this event was dedicated to a special lecture by Mr. Nobuyuki Motoyama, Manager of the Biostyle Co., Ltd. entitled “Emerging challenges of organic produce distribution: To build a good society with food”. He introduced the efforts and …

[email protected] Philippines (Maximilian Spiegelberg)

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Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher, took a trip to the Philippines to join “International Meliponine Conference and Asian Apicultural Association Philippines Symposium on Pollinator Conservation” held on Feb 25th to 28th, 2020 at University of the Philippines, Los Banos, at which he gave a presentation titled “Tracking Practices of Traditional Beekeeping in Taiwan and Japan”. Tracking practices of traditional beekeeping in Taiwan and Japan Maximilian Spiegelberg (FEAST Project, RIHN), Rika Shinkai (FEAST Project, RIHN), Chung-Yu Ko (National Iilan University, Taiwan),  I-Hsin Sung (National Chiyali University, Taiwan) <Abstract> Traditional beekeeping of A.cerana in Japan and Taiwan has been part of multiple subsistence livelihoods in mountainous, rural areas for a long time. Those livelihoods rely …

Introduction of Eco-ka-na

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Eco-ka-na – App for Transparent food chains This app is to measure and “visualize” the environmental, social and health impacts of food products. Please find such impact scores to decide what to buy and also fill in the survey toward further visualization of food information. Eco-ka-na: iOS / Android About this App The Eco-ka-na app allows users to see the environmental, social, and health impacts of food products. Please use the impact scores to decide what to buy and also fill in the surveys to enable us to increase the coverage of food information on products. When you scan the barcode of a food product, you will find the environmental, …

The website “Archives of Japanese Honeybee Beekeeping” launched (Rika Shinkai, Project Researcher)

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We have recently launched a website “Archives of Japanese Honeybee Beekeeping” to introduce the history and culture of Japanese honeybee beekeeping. As many of you may know, there are two types of honeybees in Japan – native Japanese honeybees (Apis cerana japonica) and Western honeybees (Apis mellifera), which were brought to Japan in the Meiji era. And, most of the honeys on the market today are of the latter. The beekeeping of Japanese honeybees started in mountainous areas at the latest in the Edo period, and honey was then distributed and consumed for medicinal purposes. When kneading pills, for example, honey was a necessary ingredient. In “Hachimitsu Ichiran (Overview of …

A taste of urban food futures in Bangkok (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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Right before the end of 2019, I made my way to Thailand for a short trip to oversee a workshop and reconnect with colleagues. Thailand is a fantastic place to visit for work or pleasure—the food is amazing, the people are incredibly nice, and I always encounter something surprising. Two things struck me during my time in Bangkok: 1) the diversity of ecological food labels and designations and 2) the ubiquitous food delivery scene. Food transparency in Thailand is much more developed than what we see on the shelves in Japan. On a trip through a supermarket one evening, the vegetable section was shocking. There were four different production designations: …