//WORKING GROUP 2
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.
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...
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 ...