2018.1.15

Report:Workshop “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” (Hiraku Kumagai, Kyoto University)

FEAST-WG 2 has organized a series of three workshops “The future of local food and agriculture in Kameoka City” in Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture on Sep 27th, Oct 16th and Nov 20th, 2017. Seven of us were part of the organizing committee: WG2 chair and members, Prof. Motoki Akitsu from Kyoto Univers...

2017.12.25

Report:Reporting of my participation at the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology (Ayako Kawai, The Australian National University)

I joined the XXII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology held from 28 Nov 2017 to 1 Dec at the University in the Philippines, Baños. I am currently a PhD student at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, Australian National University, focusing on seed saving practices in J...

2017.12.13

Report:Visiting Berkeley for the 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” (Steven R. McGreevy, Project Leader) 

On November 6-7th, five of us from FEAST (Norie Tamura, Mai Kobayashi, Christoph Rupprecht, Daniel Niles, and myself) attended the first Research Institute for Humanity and Nature / University of California, Berkeley International Workshop to commemorate the signing of a memorandum of understanding....

2017.12.5

Report:FEAST Seminar “Future of Food and Agriculture in Nagano: The Role of Citizens in Transition to a Sustainable Society” (Yuko Kobayashi, Project Research Associate)

Following the FEAST Symposium “Living with farmers’ markets: Transitioning to a sustainable society” in collaboration with Peace Flag Project at RIHN, Kyoto on November 23rd (Blog post is progress!), my next stop was Nagano. On the 24th, FEAST organized a seminar “Future of food and agriculture in N...

2017.10.30

FEAST HQ:Introducing Dr. Aki Imaizumi, a new FEAST Project Researcher: Sustainable agri-food system: from seed to table (Aki Imaizumi, Project Researcher)

Three months have already passed since I joined FEAST Project as a researcher. Having spent two and half a year in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, I was stunned by the bustling city of Kyoto filled with tourists. I did my Ph.D. study on seed systems at Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto Univer...

2017.9.21

Report:FEAST Project Research Retreat: Deep reflections on the shores of the Mother Lake (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

On August 28~29th, we held the 4th FEAST Project research retreat, this time in Shiga Prefecture, overlooking the Mother Lake, Biwako. The retreat is a precious opportunity to gather working group chairs, executive committee members, and those working at FEAST HQ in RIHN to discuss our progress, pla...

2017.9.11

Report:Road to LCA App (1) – FY2017-2nd WG5 Meeting (Yuko Matsuoka, Project Research Associate)

Climate change, pollutions, loss of diversity, lack of successors, unfair trade, obesity… though we have heard various issues surrounding sustainability, we barely get to know how these issues are linked to our daily lives. We might be aware that these problems are caused by our modern, convenient a...

2017.9.5

Report:New research takes off with bees (Maximilian Spiegelberg, Project Researcher)

Acarine mites research

In summer the whir of the cicada dominates the Japanese soundscape. To me and my colleagues Christoph Rupprecht (FEAST Project Researcher), Rika Shinkai and Kan Seicyou (RIHN Visiting Researchers) came this summer additionally also the buzz of the bees. With the globally recognized importance of ...

2017.8.18

Report:RIHN Open House 2017 “Share ? and ! this summer” (Yuko Kobayashi and Yuko Matsuoka, Project Research Associates)

For this annual event, the institution-wide efforts are made to organize a wide variety of events so that the local communities can feel more familiarity with RIHN. The activities of FEAST Project included card game and video game to explore the ideal future of Kyoto food, voting for “what is import...

2017.8.4

Report:Two consumers’ focus group discussions were conducted for the research on future vision of Thai consumers on sustainable food consumption practice (Kanang Kantamaturapoj, Mahidol University/WG2)

Two workshops were set up in Bangkok on 15 July 2017 with Thai consumers to investigate consumer perspectives on future sustainable food purchasing and eating out. Transition theory is used as a framework of this study. The development  of  novel  solutions  for  more  sustainable  food consumpti...

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