FEAST Session at GRF2019 in Hong Kong

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From June 26th to 29th, 2019, “2019 Hong Kong Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption” was organized at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. At GRF, Steven McGreevy, FEAST project leader, chaired two sessions “Session 2d: Changing Personal and Public Consumption: Experiences and Movements (S-15)” on the 27th and “Session 4a: Food Futures in Asia: Imagining and Experimenting with Post-Growth Food Procurement and Consumption to Redefine Rural-Urban Linkages (S-06)” as well as Keynotes session also on the 29th. And, FEAST team gave presentations at the session on the 29th as follows.

Session title: Food futures in Asia: imagining and experimenting with post-growth food procurement and consumption to redefine rural-urban linkages
Chair: Steven R. McGreevy
Radical, strategic, and wide-ranging transformation of the food system is needed for long-term global sustainability in the post-growth era. Among the myriad of changes needed in how we produced, consume, and govern food, two dimensions are of particular interest: the enabling role of future visions to initiate change and the ways in which traditional relationships between production-consumption and rural-urban areas will need to be altered to reach “one-planet lifestyles.” Models of socio-technical change processes are often anchored by the existence of compelling, collectively-held visions of the future that underlie shifts in individual behaviour and inspire strategic action and policies. Given the ubiquitous nature of food in our daily lives, visions of more sustainable food futures are linked to systemic change beyond the food sector and also question fundamental cultural values. At the same time, radical changes to food systems will require alternative, low-impact repatterning of food production and consumption economic and social linkages. These new patterns, and their accompanying practices, must reconceive the taken-for-granted dynamic between rural areas as primary centers of production and cities as sites of consumption and suggest new forms of food co-production and hybridized lifestyles.
This session(s) focuses on visions of the future of food procurement and consumption in Asia and how alternative practices redefine rural-urban linkages. The research presented is part of the FEAST Project (Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition) based at the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan and centers primarily on three sites in Asia- Japan, Thailand, and Bhutan. The presentations report on stakeholder workshop-generated visions and experimental methodologies to explore the policy implications of living in alternative food futures, overarching frames to reimagine urban and rural living and food production, and the ways in which diets might diversify and change to reduce footprints and reconnect food with natural ecosystems.

●Storifying visions of future food-related social practices & mapping emergence pathways in material-competency-meaning chains: three cases from Bangkok
Steven R. McGreevy
●Imagining satomachi: A radical vision for post-growth Japanese cities based on biocultural diversity and urban landscape stewardship.
Christoph D. D. Rupprecht
●Playing with food visions—using gaming methods to experiment with sustainable food governance and refine future pathways in Japan.
Kazuhiko Ota
●Beyond extractive relationships for upland Asia: exploring dependency and sufficiency in an urbanizing age.
Max Spiegelberg
●To eat or not to eat: Bhutan’s changing landscape of meat consumption and sin.
Mai Kobayashi
●The wild food basket in urban Japan — Spreading practices in a post-growth, post-industrialized country.
Norie Tamura

McGreevy opening for the keynote speech (Photo: FEAST)