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 …

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: …

Kameoka Nou Marché (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

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On Nov 3rd, “Kameoka Nou Marché” (Nou stands for agriculture) was organized by the Executive Committee for “Making Kameoka an Organic Town” at KIRI CAFÉ in Kameoka City, Kyoto Pref. with the City of Kameoka, Kameoka Kiri Art Cultivation Executive Committee, Kyoto Organic Action (KOA), RIHN and Akitsu Labo of Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University as the supporters. This all started with WG2 Seminar “Making Kameoka an Organic Town!” on Nov 19th, 2018 which brought together some members from the FEAST Project, Kameoka Kiri Art Cultivation Executive Committee, KOA as well as local farmers, chefs among many others. It led to organizing of this committee, adding some more of …

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 …

International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture in Nagano: Transitioning to Agroecology (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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I have been working closely with members of the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (NAGANO農と食の会) and Food Policy Council Obuse (OBUSE食と農の未来会議) for almost a year now, discussing ways to envision sustainable food futures and enact food policy toward their realization. One refreshing aspect of working with these groups is that the concept of agroecology widely understood and the need to enact agroecological food systems is a given. However, even though Nagano Prefecture is one of the leading agricultural prefectures in Japan, organic agriculture and agroecology are not widely practiced or recognized. When we learned of the possibility of bringing Miguel Altieri and Clara Nicholls (University of California-Berkeley) to Nagano to …

“International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture: Voices from Shinshu” in Nagano

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On June 2nd, 2019, “International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture: Voices from Shinshu” was held at Kinrou Josei Kaikan Shinanoki in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture. Following the opening remarks by Mr. Takuei Katsuyama, Director of Nagano-ken Yuki Nougyou Kenkyukai, and a talk by Prof. Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, “Environmentally and economically sustainable Shinshu: Food and agriculture”, Prof. Miguel Altieri from University of California, Berkeley gave a keynote speech “Why agroecology now?”. He introduced various cases of agroecological practices in Latin America such as application of allelopathy in lieu of plastic mulch. The following panel discussion started off with Ms. Erika Saito’s self-introduction who started organic farming in Matsumoto City after …

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 …