Pathway to a transformative future: Changing the illusion of ever-lasting growth – Report on “KYOTO 2020: IASC-RIHN Online Workshop on Commons, Post-development and Degrowth in Asia(IASC-RIHN)" (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher and Hiroyuki Ishibashi, Visiting Researcher)

FEAST HQ Report, Seminar & Workshop

Norie TAMURA (Senior Project Researcher) and Hiroyuki ISHIBASHI (Visiting Researcher) contributed a report on “KYOTO 2020: IASC-RIHN Online Workshop on Commons, Post-development and Degrowth in Asia” to RIHN’s Newsletter Humanity&Nature (No.84: 2-5p), which you can download by clicking the link (in Japanese). Here is the English translation.  Rethinking and transforming a set of values and lifestyles that prioritize economic growth are required to adequately address global environmental issues. On one hand, industrialized countries need to reduce their environmental impacts while maintaining the quality of life. Developing countries, on the other hand, are exploring a way out of poverty while taking into consideration their environmental impacts. Social practices create “commons” as …

Invitation to Kameoka Organic Action's Inaugural Meeting

FEAST HQ Events, WG2, WG3

Kameoka Organic Action, an organization for citizens to explore, think and act together about the future of food and agriculture in Kameoka City, Kyoto, will be launched on March 18th, 2021. Working Group 2 of the FEAST has been conducting research on transition toward a sustainable future of food and agriculture in Kameoka City. Conducting a survey with Kameoka citizens, a survey about food preparation targeting the child-rearing generation, and a citizens’ visioning workshop has led to an event “Kameoka Nou Marche” together with organic farmers in Kameoka City and the Kameoka Kiri Art Cultivation. The event was organized “to make Kameoka an organic farming town”. In the process of …

Guest speaker at an online event on bees (Maximilian Spiegelberg)

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

Midori Farm, a volunteer Non-profit organization, organized an online event “Midori Farm Talk: Bees” on Feb 10th, 2021. Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Researcher, joined the event together with Mr. Kenneth Sallit, a beekeeper in Canada, talked about the situations and challenges of honeybees and beekeeping in Japan and Canada. The recording of the event is available on YouTube (about 2hrs, in English).  

Online article about the 15th RIHN International Symposium

FEAST HQ Conference and Symposium, Report

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.

Research Paper on Ecological Footprint in 47 Prefectures in Japan in Journal of Cleaner Prodcution

FEAST HQ WG1_Publications

WG1 members co-authored a peer-reviewed paper “Decentralization & local food: Japan’s regional Ecological Footprints indicate localized sustainability strategies” on their research results of Ecological Footprint analysis in 47 prefectures in Japan, collaboratively with researchers from Global Footprint Network and WWF Japan, which was published in “Journal of Cleaner Production”. You can access the full paper by clicking the paper title below. “Decentralization & local food: Japan’s regional Ecological Footprints indicate localized sustainability strategies” Authors: Kazuaki Tsuchiya (WG1-FEAST, the University of Tokyo), Katsunori Iha (WG1-FEAST, Global Footprint Network), Adeline Murthy (Global Footprint Network) David Lin (Global Footprint Network), Selen Altiok (Global Footprint Network), Christoph D.D. Rupprecht (FEAST), Kiyono Hisako (WWF Japan), …

Webinar Talk on Future School Lunch Installation Project (Maximilian Spiegelberg)

FEAST HQ WG2_Publications

Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher, was invited to Anticipatory Governance Webinar on Dec 18th, 202o to give a talk about FEAST’s Future School Lunch installation project. What will the school lunch in the year 2050 possibly look like? You can listen to his talk from this link!

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

FEAST HQ Conference and Symposium, Report

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 …

A multispecies paper in Global Sustainability

FEAST HQ WG6_Publications

An interdisciplinary team led by Senior Researcher Dr. Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project) has co-authored a paper titled “Multispecies Sustainability” and it is now published on the international journal “Global Sustainability”. In this research, the team identified a contradiction at the core of sustainability: its resource management approach ignores that the well-being and needs of all living beings is interdependent in ecologically complex ways, and thus revealed a new definition of sustainability that expands the concept to non-human species and their needs. They also showcased potential applications that help enable human-wildlife coexistence and radically rethink urban greenspace design based on recent microbiome and public health insights. Journal: Global Sustainability Title: Multispecies …

"Eco-ka-na" App for Food Chain Transparency on Newspapers

FEAST HQ WG5_Publications

FEAST Project has developed an app called “Eco-ka-na” to measure and “visualize” the environmental, social and health impacts of food products, and it became available on app store in July, 2020. So far, the information on about 1.74 million food products are registered in the app, and the consumers can find out the impact scores of these items by scanning a barcode at a supermarket, which they can refer to when making a decision. More details about the app can be found here. The app was featured in a Tokyo Shimbun article back in July and is receiving attention in many newspapers around Japan. Here is a list of newspaper …

A Paper on Agroecology in Japan Published on Agro Sur

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

RIHN welcomed the leading experts of agroecology, Prof. Miguel Altieri and Dr. Clara Nicholls from University of California, Berkeley through its invited scholar/fellowship program in FY2019. FEAST Project worked collaboratively to conduct a research on scaling up agroecology in Japan with 9 farmers in Kyoto, Hyogo and Hiroshima. The research result is now published on “Agro Sur” (48(2):29-41). You can access the full paper from this link, if you are interested. We would like to thank again the farmers who took the time out of their busy schedule to participate in this research! Title: Assessing the agroecological status of a farm: a principle-based assessment tool for farmers Authors: Nicholls, Clara …

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

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

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 …

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

FEAST HQ WG3_Publications

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)

FEAST HQ Report, WG6, WG6_Publications

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"

FEAST HQ WG2_Publications

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)

FEAST HQ Report, WG3

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 – …

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


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)

FEAST HQ HQ News, Report, Seminar & Workshop

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 …

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

FEAST HQ Conference and Symposium, Events

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 …

Kameoka Nou Marché (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

FEAST HQ Events, From the Field, WG2, WG3

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 …

Apimondia & COLOSS (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

FEAST HQ Conference and Symposium, Report, WG3

From 6th till 12th September FEAST researcher Max Spiegelberg attended the 15th COLOSS Conference along a record 154 participants, and back-to-back the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress with the theme “Beekeeping within Agriculture” in Montreal/Canada. COLOSS (Prevention of Honey Bee Colony LOSSes) is a honeybee focused research network which aims to explain and prevent massive honey bee colony losses with 1,275 members from 95 countries and started out from Europe already 14 years ago. The Apimondia International Apicultural Congress is a global, biennial conference by Apimondia, the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations bringing together this time 6,000 researchers, beekeepers, extension officers, and traders from around the world. During the COLOSS …