A Civic Meeting for Future of Farm and Table in Kyoto launched! (Aki Imaizumi, Project Researcher)

FEAST HQ Events, Seminar & Workshop, WG2

On March 23rd, a kickoff meeting for “Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi, Kyoto (Council for Future of Food and Agriculture, Kyoto; CFFA Kyoto)” was held at mumokuteki hall in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto. CFFA Kyoto is an open platform for Kyoto residents to approach the food-related issues from their own perspectives and explore possible strategies and solutions. Anyone who is interested in the food-related issues is welcome to join! Two themes for this first meeting were “promoting organic produce” and “promoting Kodomo-Shokudo (children’s cafeteria).” Organic produce is priced higher compared to non-organic one, resulting that those working with limited budget, including Kodomo-Shokudo, are unable to use. Those involved in organic …

Witnessing the birth of a new concept “Community Supported Trade” (Mai Kobayashi and Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researchers)

FEAST HQ Report, WG3

We spent the weekend of March 3rd and 4th at the 『百姓一喜』(Hyakusho-ikki). The title for this event can be translated as the peasant revolution, but they used the character for “happiness(喜)”, rather than “riot(揆),” which had the same pronunciation. It was a second gathering of its kind that took place in Nantan, Kyoto. The event by the same name that took place one year ago was what created the group that calls itself Kyoto Organic Action (KOA), the core members of this group was the organizers for this event. Having decided relatively late to join the event, we are grateful for the organizer for taking us in, despite there being …

Forum “Towards the future of organic farming: Thinking about good life and society with young farmers” (Yuko Kobayashi, Project Research Associate)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2, WG3

Forum “Towards the future of organic farming: Thinking about good life and society with young farmers” was organized by NPO Tsukaisutejidai wo Kangaerukai (The Association for Ethical Waste & Disposal Awareness) and its associated organization, Anzen Nousan Kyokyu Center (Center for safe agricultural products) at Coop-in Kyoto on February 18th, and FEAST Project was invited to conduct visioning and gaming workshops as a part of the forum. A total of 70 people joined this event, which made the event very lively with enthusiastic discussions and kids’ chuckles and laughs. FEAST Project has been organizing a number of workshops to explore better futures of agriculture and food, employing various methods such as …

Playing with food in FEAST's gaming workshops (Astrid Mangnus, Utrecht University)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

On the 11th and 28th of May, FEAST hosted two gaming workshops in a series of activities around the future of food in collaboration with Prof. Joost Vervoort and myself, visiting researchers form Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Earlier activities include three backcasting focus groups for the food future of Kyoto prefecture and a series of workshops in Noshiro, Akita prefecture. The use of games is a new and fun way of exploring possible futures. In both workshops the participants played two games: a video game and a card game. We were interested in both the effect that the method of gaming had on the participants, as well as the plans …

Exploring better food futures for Kyoto prefecture through visioning and back-casting (Astrid Mangnus, Utrecht University)

FEAST HQ Report, WG2

At the center of FEAST’s research are the complex sustainability issues faced by modern-day agrifood systems. One of the ways in which the project aims to address these challenges is by envisioning plausible futures and initiating democracy-oriented food experiments and actions. Visioning is a method that can be used to paint a clear picture of such a plausible future. Back-casting is a method in which a pathway to the envisioned future is made, working back from the future to the present. On the 25th and the 26th of April, FEAST put these methods to work for Kyoto prefecture. In collaboration with visiting researchers from Utrecht University, three visioning and back-casting …

Paper on the Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City published in Annals of Environmental Science

FEAST HQ WG4_Publications

A journal article “A Rural Revitalization Scheme in Japan Utilizing Biochar and Eco-Branding: The Carbon Minus Project, Kameoka City” by Steven McGreevy, FEAST PL, and Prof. Akira Shibata, WG4 Chair/Ritsumeikan University was published in “Annals of Environmental Science” vol.4, 11-22(2010). Abstract: Like rural areas in many countries, Japanese rural society is experiencing decline in all spheres (depopulation, aging, lack of economic opportunity, and so on). Uncertainty in the future viability of agricultural livelihoods coupled with the collapse of the forestry sector has decreased the ecological resilience of the Japanese countryside, increasing overgrown forests, habitat and biodiversity loss, and costly wildlife damage to crops. As these rural crises are compounded by …