JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017 (Christoph Rupprecht and Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researchers)

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This year, JpGU-AGU (Japan Geoscience Union – American Geophysical Union) Joint Meeting was held again at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture from May 20th to 25th, in which Christoph Rupprecht and Kazuhiko Ota from FEAST HQ participated. The members of JpGU mainly come from the field of geoscience including astronomy, geology, climate change study as such, but JpGU also provides a platform for dialogue, information dissemination, review and input on a variety of social challenges related to the environment. On 22nd, Kazuhiko gave a presentation titled “Integrating a participatory back-casting methodology into research on sustainable social transition: Case study from the workshops on the ideal future of food” at the …

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

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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 …

FEAST at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2017 in Boston (Christoph Rupprecht, Project Researcher)

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In early April, almost everyone from the FEAST HQ went on a long trip all the way from Kyoto to Boston. There we attended the AAG Annual Meeting 2017, the biggest geography conference in the world where over 9,000 researchers meet to present and discuss their latest work. It was an exciting and intense week, where we all learned a lot, made new friends and had a chance to explore Boston’s bustling food scene. Food system transitions, degrowth and the growing world of food and agriculture geography For most of the conference, one thing was in the back of our minds: the session on food system transitions Christoph and Steven …

Enough is as good as a feast: here’s how we can imagine a brighter food future

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The World Economic Forum’s 2017 report on the future of food examines what the world’s food systems might look like in 2030. But none of the four future scenarios it presents is particularly attractive. To create a world where everyone can eat well without wrecking the planet, we need better ideas, a rich imagination and the right tools. Read the full article at The Conversation! Author: Rupprecht, CDD

FEAST Project Retreat 2016 with WG chairs in Nagano

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Members of Executive Commitee were gathered in Nagano from September 5th to 7th to 1) report the project’s and Working Groups’ research progress, 2) report the budget use and 3) to discuss the future plans. Great job to everyone who attended the meeting!

How can Mediterranean societies thrive in an era of decreasing resources?

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Highlights: The average Food Footprint of a Mediterranean resident is approximately 0.9 gha per person—with a range from 0.6 gha—thus higher than that of such countries as India (0.4 gha), China (0.5 gha), Costa Rica (0.6 gha) and Germany (0.8 gha). In analysis of 12 Mediterranean cities, Cairo has the highest total Ecological Footprint, followed by Barcelona and Rome. The Mediterranean cities with the highest Ecological Footprint per person are Genoa, Athens and Rome. The Mediterranean cities with the lowest Ecological Footprint per person are Antalya, Cairo and Izmur. The demand for renewable resources in Athens exceeds the entire nation of Greece’s supply of resources by 22 percent, although the …