Collaborative Approaches for Food Ethics, Citizenship, and Behavioral Change
About This Group

Issues related to agri-food must be considered as a whole system which encompasses production, distribution, retail, consumption, and waste. However, production of food is quite far removed from consumption of food, and distribution between the production, retail, and disposal processes has become invisible. To improve the future quality of life and prepare for the "transition" to more sustainable food and agriculture, the various people involved in the agri-food system must have mechanisms to tackle the problems by creating cooperation among various actors. 

WG2 creates tools and theories to support such efforts. For example, in Kameoka, Kyoto, Nagano and Noshiro, we are planning to establish "Food Policy Council" (to deal with problems and provide plans for food and agriculture, as well as to reflect the voices of diverse actors in the local context) to investigate the process. In addition, through the action research in each region of Japan, we conduct theoretical studies to foster the development of social activities in the community, and contribute to the research sites in a transdisciplinary way.

Main Members
Motoki Akitsu
Professor, Kyoto University


I am interested in how the linkages between urban lifestyles and local and global ecosystems lead to environmental changes and health issues. I believe that food, the focus of the FEAST project, is the key to untangling lifestyle-ecosystem linkages.
Masashi Tachikawa
Professor, Nagoya University


Main theme of my research is socio-economic implications of new technologies, such as biotechnology, applied to food and agricultural sector. Related topics are those, such as interaction between science/technology and society, food safety governance, and regulatory issues in emerging technologies. Sociological/ ethical inquiry into contemporary food economy and rural way in the post-productionism are also within the scope of my research.
Yoshimitsu Taniguchi
Professor, Akita Prefectural University
I am working on problem solving with people in an area, about a wide issue of agriculture, food and environment. In 1996, we formed the "Association to promote the local production for local consumption" prior to the whole country (now it become NPO, Representative director). I'm serving as Deputy director of NPO "Hachiro Project" which aims to environmental regeneration and regional revitalization of Hachiro Lake, Director of NPO "Akita regional resource network", Director of NPO "private Rice Research Institute" and so on.
Mari Nakamura
Professor, Nagoya Bunri University
My main research fields are food culture and dietary habits. Specifically, I carry out research investigations regarding areas like the slow food movement and nutrition education. After getting my university degree, I worked in a food manufacturing company, returned to my alma mater for postgraduate studies in my thirties, and started research in the sociology of eating. I have been working on the issue of choice in our everyday meals – How do we choose this food?
Kazuhiko Ota

Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


I researches the ethics of agrifood systems based on three viewpoints: from the perspective of those who eat, those who provide food, and that which is consumed. I am interested in topics such as why environmental ethics has neglected the soil, what it means to use resources wisely in Japan, and how places that purposefully discuss the future are able to create it. I previously worked as a high school biology teacher.

Rika Shinkai

Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


My background is anthropology as is my major. Back in days, I studied foods and livelihoods of the ancient people by analyzing and identifying excavated fish/animal bones and seashells. After my graduate studies, I left the academic sphere for child raising and was working as housewife for 17 years. Upon returning to the academic world in 2014, I diverted toward an ecological anthropology research, particularly on the traditional livelihood, ecological knowledge and food life in the mountainous areas in modern-day rural Japan. Currently, I work on “honey bees” with FEAST colleagues. Focusing on bees’ indispensable role in linking us with the environment, agriculture and forestry, we conduct research on beekeeping in both urban and rural areas.

Publications and outputs

Nougyou to Keizai: Special issue on local food policy (April, 2021)

WG2 explores possible solutions for various problems that our agrifood system currently faces, which are deeply embedded in global distribution. Local food policy, integrating a wide range of food related issues, has been one of the major themes that we have focused on.  To conclude our five years of research on local food policy, we have contributed to a special issue  “Community developme...


Interview on Food Policy featured in JA Magazine

“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...


Japanese Translation of "Milan Urban Food Policy Pact"

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...


Peer-reviewed paper on a pluralistic practice-based futures approach published in Ecology and Society

A peer-reviewed paper “New pathways for governing food system transformations: a pluralistic practice-based futures approach using visioning, back-casting, and serious gaming” about the outputs from collaborative research in Kyoto with Astrid Mangnus and Joost Vervoort, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University, the Netherlands was published in Ecology and Society 24...


FEAST Session at GRF2019 in Hong Kong

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:...


FEAST session at WSSF2018

World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2018 was organized in Fukuoka, Japan for four days from Sept 25th to 28th. FEAST organized four sessions, one of which “CS4-05: Using game-based methods for sustainability transformations : lessons from practice and theory” on the 28th involved around the research outputs of WG2 and the FEAST members and its friends made the following six presentations. Sessi...


Workshop on Future of School Lunch in Obuse, Nagano

On the 24th March, a visioning workshop on future of school lunch was help in Obuse, Nagano Pref. Approx. 40 people mainly from Obuse joined this workshop and explored how the ideal school lunch should look like in 30 years from now. Blog: Envisioning ideal future school lunches (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader) Online Report by “Tsutaeru Shoku to Nou Link Net Shinshu”, an information paper...


Seminar about Future of Food and Agriculture in Nagano at the Monthly Meeting of NAGANO Agrifood Society

On the 28th of August, a monthly meeting of “NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai (NAGANO Agrifood Society)” was held in Matsushiro, Nagano, at which Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, had an opportunity to give a talk entitled “Future of food and agriculture in Nagano: The role of citizens in transition to a Sustainable Society”. Despite the fact that way more food than human require are pro...

Report on the survey in Kameoka published in "Journal of Food System Research"

A report on the survey conducted in Kameoka City and its analysis was published in “Journal of Food System Research, 24 (3)”. “子育て世代の食卓および食品入手経路の実態-亀岡子育てネットワーク会員を対象とした3調査の結果から-(The conditions of food and means of obtaining food among generation with small children – from three surveys with Kameok...


Peer-reviewed paper on Food Policy Council published in "Journal of Food System Research"

A peer-reviewed paper “Development of Food Policy Councils  in North America and its implication (tentative English title)” co-authored by Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University) , Steven McGreevy, Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University) and Momoe Oga (then-Doshisha University)  was published in “Journal of Food System Research, 23 (3)” (in Japanese). Abstract: The contemporary food system has va...


Peer-reviewed paper on revitalizing rurality published on "Journal of Rural Studies"

A peer-reviewed paper ” Revitalising rurality under the neoliberal transformation of agriculture: Experiences of re-agrarianisation in Japan” co-authored by Prof. Shuji Hisano (Kyoto University, Project Member), Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University, WG2 Chair) and Project Leader Steven R. McGreevy was published on an international journal, Journal of Rural Studies. “Revitalising rurality under...


The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Steven McGreevy)

On November 6-7th,  the first RIH/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding was held on the Berkeley campus. Steven McGreevy, Project Leader, gave a talk on the WG2 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 1. Urban biocultural food produc...


Survey on Food Education in Collaboration with NPO Kameoka Kosodate Network

In Dec 2016, FEAST Project conducted a survey on food education targeting at families with small children in collabration with NPO Kameoka Kosodate Network. The results are published serially on a free information magazine “Gyutto,” starting from Spring Edition (Vol.17). Almost 97% of respondents answered that they are interested in food education. FEAST Project will continue to work to ...