Online article about the 15th RIHN International Symposium

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The FEAST Project played an integral role in RIHN’s 15th International Symposium “Transitioning Cultures of Everyday Food Consumption and Production: Stories from a Post-growth Future” which was held online from January 13 to 16, 2021. Rajat Chaudhuri, a fiction writer/activist and a presenter of “Pahom and the Everlasting Plate-Stories as Bearers of Alternative Food Visions” at the symposium, captures some of the discussion that emerged in his new article “An everlasting plate” in New Indian Express. Read the full article from this link.

The 4th Asia Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics Conference 2020 (Kazuhiko Ota, RIHN Assistant Professor)

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The 4th Asia Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics Conference 2020 (APSAFE2020) was held for two weeks from December 3-16, 2020 with the theme of “Supporting Sustainable Food Systems: Quality Food and Ethical Consumption”. It was our first time to organize online conference, but the format allowed to attract 150 participants from 21 countries, and it ended with a great success. APSAFE2020 was initially planned to be part of the International Conference on Applied Ethics (ICAE) scheduled to be held at Hiroshima University in December. Unfortunately, however, the spread of COVID-19 led our decision to hold an online conference. The following are the three main objectives. 1) To create …

Nitrous Oxide Budget 2020 and Our food System @ Online (Steven McGreevy)

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Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader was invited to  Online Forum “Global Nitrous Oxide Budget 2020 and Our Food System” held on Oct 29th, 2020 and gave a talk titled ” Transitioning to 1.5-degree food systems”. You can find more details about the event (flyer) from here. Abstract: The Paris climate agreement’s goal for limiting global warming to 1.5-degrees has been hailed as a critical achievement to catalyze action to protect the planet for future generations. Food system impact on climate has been catalogued extensively by the IPCC, EAT-Lancet, and in a number of high-profile studies. However, discussions on decreasing food system impact on the environment fall well short of the …

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 – …

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 …

COVID-19 Impact Survey on Farmers (TW)

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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 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 …

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 …

Working Group for FPC Kyoto: Meeting on food mapping in Kyoto (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

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The working group of the Food Policy Council Kyoto has continued to shine a light at yet another food related dimension in Kyoto. After last meeting’s focus on Urban Agriculture with presentations by Kimisato Oda and Christoph Rupprecht (both FEAST), this time attention was given to the role that maps can play. For this working group meeting on Oct 2nd, three speakers from Kyoto introduced three different kinds of maps they are working on. The discussions evolved around common challenges and benefits, the possible users of the different maps, as well as the ways to gather the necessary data. Kentaro Suzuki and the members of Kyoto Organic Action (KOA) intend …

JACAP Summer School “Linking Foodscapes: Three Days to Explore Food and Agriculture” (Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researcher)

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Summer School of Japan Association for the Contemporary and Applied Philosophy (hereafter JACAP) “Linking Foodscapes: Three Days to Explore Food and Agriculture” was held at RIHN from September 15th to 17th, 2019. This is the annual event of JACAP which has covered a wide range of topics such as fashion, mathematics, environmental pollution problems, space exploration, business ethics among many others. Prof. Nobutsugu Kanzaki of Nanzan University and I organized this year’s summer school with the theme of “Food and Agriculture”. “Foodscapes” as in the event title refers to a place and/or space where we can find a meaning in the act of eating and food itself through purchasing food, …

Visiting the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

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From Aug 25th to 27th, I had an opportunity to visit Nagano Prefecture, one of the FEAST Project’s research fields, together with other members of WG2. During our visit, we joined the regular meeting of the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai) and met up with some of its key persons for interview. The Nagano Agriculture and Food Association was co-founded in 2013 by two organic farmers and another local who is in involved in sales and processing of local, organic and traditional vegetables. The members get together at a community center in Matsushiro Town, Nagano City for a monthly meeting. Our participation in the …

Envisioning ideal future school lunches (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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On March 24th, 2019 a group of around 50 people of all ages gathered in Obuse Town, Nagano Pref., to envision the ideal school lunch thirty years in the future. The event represented one of the first steps for a new civic food network, the Obuse Food Policy Council (Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi), to develop food policy together. FEAST has been working in Northern Nagano Prefecture for some time and partnered with Obuse Food Policy Council in the development of the event. FEAST also partnered with  the NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai NPO (NAGANO農と食の会), the Seikatsu Club Obuse Branch (生活クラブ小布施支部), and the Food Literacy and Experiential Education …

School lunch session of Japan Organic Agriculture Association (Fumi Iwashima, Doshisha University/then-Project Research Associate)

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On February 23rd, the General Meeting of Japan Organic Agriculture Association was held at Ayaha Lakeside Hotel in Shiga Prefecture, at which Prof. Motoki Akitsu from Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, FEAST WG2 Chair, and I organized a session “Making school lunch organic” in the afternoon. To our great surprise, more than 30 people joined, which exceeded the fixed number and contributed to a lively session. The session started off with a presentation by Prof. Akitsu, “Starting a food reform from school lunch”. He brought up a broader meaning that school lunch casts on the society, more than just a meal for children that shall be safe and delicious. …