2017 Dec 20

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Norie Tamura, Mai Kobayashi, Daniel Niles)

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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. Norie Tamura (WG 3 Chair/Seniro Researcher), Mai Kobayashi (Project Researcher) and Daniel Niles (Associate Professor) gave talks on the WG3 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 2. Organic agriculture and scale: Balancing environmental and consumer demands Mai Kobayashi | What we see from Bhutan and its relationship with ‘organic’ agriculture Bhutan has been portrayed as a “lighthouse” in the world of...

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2017 Dec 20

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

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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 production & Food security Steven McGreevy | Scaling to holistic local food security: directions in agrifood system sustainability assessment How do we measure the transition from an unsustainable agrifood system to a sustainable one? Various scholars, institutions, and citizen groups have created a...

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2017 Dec 19

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop (Christoph Rupprecht)

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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. Christoph Rupprecht, Project Researcher, gave a talk on the WG1 research outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 1. Urban biocultural food production & Food security Christoph Rupprecht | Biocultural cityscapes: towards urban landscape stewardship Industrialized food systems leave cities vulnerable to food supply disruptions, disruptions likely to increase due to climate change. Urban residents also lack opportunities to self-produce food. Urban agriculture, community and...

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2017 Dec 13

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) 

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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. The workshop was entitled “Food, Agriculture, and Human Impacts on the Environment: Japan, Asia and Beyond” and was composed of eight sessions spanning two beautiful days at different venues on the Berkeley campus. FEAST was partly responsible for organizing Part I of the workshops, the first three sessions on “urban biocultural food production and food security,” “organic...

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2017 Dec 05

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

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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 Nagano: the role of citizens in transition to a sustainable society” at Gondou East Plaza in Nagano City. Currently, FEAST’s field sites in Japan are located in Kyoto City and Kameoka City, Kyoto Prefecture and Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture. From the next project year, activities in Nagano City will be also off and...

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2017 Oct 30

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

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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 University. Various social systems co-exist in different phases, from development to production and sales of seeds, technoscience including genetic engineering, intellectual property rights that protects those outputs, legal systems that guarantee the quality of seeds and subsequently secure markets. These systems are well intertwined to secure a stable supply...

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2017 Sep 26

Norie Tamura gave a lecture at NPO Senior Shizan Daigakkou lecture series (2017/08/26)

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NPO Senior Shizen Daigakkou based in Osaka promotes environmental education and sociocultural activities. As a part of these activities, Professor Emeritus Masaru Tanaka at Kyoto University coordinates a lecture series of “Shizengaku (nature studies)” regarding the global environment. The 9th of its series in 2017 was held on August 26th at which Norie Tamura, WG3 Chair, gave a lecture entitled “Shoku wo meguru shohi to seisan no arubeki sugata (how food consumption and production should be)”. As many as 164 pax, mainly the members of NPO, participated this time. The lecture started off with what kind of environmental impacts are...

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2017 Sep 21

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

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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, plans, and goals.  For a project leader, the retreat is essential for seeing how the various pieces of the project are developing, how they come together to create a “story,” and whether they adhere to (or evolve away from) the original research framework. Interdisciplinary projects can be difficult because of the intermixing of...

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2017 Sep 15

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

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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 bees as pollinators in the agricultural production (IPBES 2017)bees play their part when talking about transitioning to agroecology, and regional food systems. However, the number of managed bees and professional beekeepers has decreased also in Japan over the past years due to pests, landscape and agricultural changes, insecticide and pesticide use, as well as some...

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2017 Sep 11

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

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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 and comfortable lifestyles, but how and to what extent are they linked? Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique developed for assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with a product/service throughout its life cycle (from extraction of raw material to final disposal). Through this analytical technique, now we can know what impact a...

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