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


My research fields are sociology and ethics of food and agriculture. I started from studying on basic human relationships in Japanese rural society and have been engaged in seeking pragmatical answers for verious rural social problems that we have faced in Japan. I have also conducted sociological fieldworks on rural issues in the countries outside Japan, such as Korea, China, Thailand, Tanzania, Hungary and so on. My corrent main research topic is on ethical food consumption.

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

Project 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.

Aki Imaizumi

Project Researcher, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


My research field is agricultural economics, especially market management. I studied seed supply systems in organic farming based on fieldwork in Japan and the Netherlands. I am also interested in agricultural plant genetic resources management and I have analyzed farmers’ and public sectors’ activities for the conservation and use of local varieties in Japan and Europe. During my work as economic advisor at the Japanese embassy in Luxembourg, I studied the Luxembourgish dairy market and organic farming.

Publications and outputs


The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop ...

The 1st RIHN/UCB International Workshop ...

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PresentationThe 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...

Survey on Food Education in Collaboratio...

Survey on Food Education in Collaboratio...

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Research OutputsSurvey on Food Education in Collaboration with NPO Kameoka K...

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 an...



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Seminar and Workshop30年後の地域の日常的な理想の食卓-第2回能代ワークショップを開催しました。...

10月17日(月)に、秋田県能代市で第二回能代トランジション食農ワークショップが開催されました。 FEASTでは、プロジェクトの一環として、地域のみなさまのご協力のもと、職業も年代も異なる地元の人たちが集まって、食を通じて地元の課題に取り組み、自分達の手で地域の未来を作るという仕組みを作ろうとしています。 9月12日(月)に開催された第一回目のワークショップでは、今から30年先の未来を見据えた時に、能代という地域にとって何が一番大きな問題となるのか、解決するには今何が必要なのかについて意見を交わしました。 一回目のワークショップを経て、少し和らいだ空気のもとに始まった二回目のワークショッ...



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Seminar and Workshop北羽新報にワークショップの記事が掲載されました!...

10月18日(火)付の北羽新報の第一面に、昨日17日(月)に能代市で実施したワークショップを取り上げた記事が掲載されました。一面に掲載されたというお知らせを頂いた時は、とても驚きました。身の引き締まる思いです。これを機に、より多くのみなさまと、食を通じて地域の未来を考えることができたら幸いです。 ...

Working Group 1

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Food System Mapping &

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Agro-ecological production strategies in policy and practice

Working Group 4

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Co-designing Agri-food Eco-branding Tools for Supporting Sustainable Regions

Working Group 5

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Food Chain Transparency