International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture in Nagano: Transitioning to Agroecology (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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I have been working closely with members of the Nagano Agriculture and Food Association (NAGANO農と食の会) and Food Policy Council Obuse (OBUSE食と農の未来会議) for almost a year now, discussing ways to envision sustainable food futures and enact food policy toward their realization. One refreshing aspect of working with these groups is that the concept of agroecology widely understood and the need to enact agroecological food systems is a given. However, even though Nagano Prefecture is one of the leading agricultural prefectures in Japan, organic agriculture and agroecology are not widely practiced or recognized. When we learned of the possibility of bringing Miguel Altieri and Clara Nicholls (University of California-Berkeley) to Nagano to …

FEAST Session at GRF2019 in Hong Kong

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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: Imagining and Experimenting with Post-Growth Food Procurement and Consumption to Redefine Rural-Urban Linkages (S-06)” as well as Keynotes session also on the 29th. And, FEAST team gave presentations at the session on the 29th as follows. Session title: Food futures in Asia: imagining and experimenting with post-growth food procurement and consumption …

“International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture: Voices from Shinshu” in Nagano

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On June 2nd, 2019, “International Symposium on Sustainable Agriculture: Voices from Shinshu” was held at Kinrou Josei Kaikan Shinanoki in Nagano City, Nagano Prefecture. Following the opening remarks by Mr. Takuei Katsuyama, Director of Nagano-ken Yuki Nougyou Kenkyukai, and a talk by Prof. Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, “Environmentally and economically sustainable Shinshu: Food and agriculture”, Prof. Miguel Altieri from University of California, Berkeley gave a keynote speech “Why agroecology now?”. He introduced various cases of agroecological practices in Latin America such as application of allelopathy in lieu of plastic mulch. The following panel discussion started off with Ms. Erika Saito’s self-introduction who started organic farming in Matsumoto City after …

FEAST session at WSSF2018

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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. Session Abstract: Chair: Kazuhiko Ota Transition towards a sustainable society is hindered by a complexity of interactions among different societal components, conflicting values and interests, a sense of resistance to change, uncertainty about the future, various strategies that conflict against one another, and difficulty in finding an appropriate intervention …

FEAST sessions at WSSF2018

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World Social Science Forum (WSSF) 2018 was organized in Fukuoka, Japan for four days from Sept 25th to 28th. FEAST organized four sessions, three of which “CS03-02: The wild food basket: recreating urban and rural ecosystems as food sources” on the 25th, “CS4-07: Building a new food economy in Japan through sharing, collaboration, and commoning” on the 26th and “CS1-03: Lifeworlds of Sustainability and Wellbeing in a Shrinking Japan” on the 28th involved around the research outputs of WG6 and the FEAST members made the following seven presentations. CS03-02: The wild food basket: recreating urban and rural ecosystems as food sources Chair: Norie Tamura Enhancing food security beyond access to formal …

Informal Food System(s) Sessions at AAG2018

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On April 10-14th 2018, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. FEAST organized three sessions on informal food system(s) and the team members made five presentations as follow: The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food practices I The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food practices II The other food system(s): informal, non-monetary and alternative food practices III 1.“Food and informality: conceptualizing the other food system(s)” Christoph Rupprecht Alternative food practices challenging the dominant image of food as a commodity. From gardening to gathering, sharing to bartering, such practices traverse gradients from legal to illegal, regulated to unregulated, …

Mapping urban food production sessions at AAG2018

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On April 10-14th 2018, the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. FEAST organized two sessions on “Mapping urban food production” and the members also made two presentations. Mapping urban food production I Mapping urban food production I 1. “Assessing supply-demand balance of nitrogen toward local-scale organic material circulation: a case study of suburban residential district in Metro Manila” Yuji Hara, Yuki Sampei This study focused on assessing supply-demand balance of nitrogen in compost/vegetable productions at vacant lots in subdivisions as well as in barangays, in Quezon City in Metro Manila. We obtained data on the recommended rate of fertilizer application per …

BitSummit Game Jam 2019 at RIHN! (Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researcher)

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Two-day long BitSummit Game Jam 2019 was held at RIHN on May 11th and 12th in collaboration with Skelton Crew Studio Co., Ltd, a game development company based in Kyoto. “Game Jam” is an event where participants are grouped into different teams on the spot to develop a game within a limited timeframe. About 50 students who are currently studying game creation in and around Kyoto joined this event, and spent 17hrs plus (some stayed up overnight) making a total of eight digital games with the theme of “konzen ittai (to form a complete whole)”. This was the second game jam event held at RIHN, but the first to develop …

Envisioning ideal future school lunches (Steven McGreevy, Project Leader)

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On March 24th, 2019 a group of around 50 people of all ages gathered in Obuse Town, Nagano Pref., to envision the ideal school lunch thirty years in the future. The event represented one of the first steps for a new civic food network, the Obuse Food Policy Council (Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi), to develop food policy together. FEAST has been working in Northern Nagano Prefecture for some time and partnered with Obuse Food Policy Council in the development of the event. FEAST also partnered with  the NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai NPO (NAGANO農と食の会), the Seikatsu Club Obuse Branch (生活クラブ小布施支部), and the Food Literacy and Experiential Education …

JILA Special Issue “Trends in the landscapes of post-growth societies: The potential of degrowth”

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Special Issue “Trends in the landscapes of post-growth societies: The potential of degrowth” of Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (Vol.83-01) was published in March, 2019. “Degrowth” is a political, economic and social movement based on ecological economics, and an economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma, and receives attentions as it has an implication for alternative ways that local communities can take. Christoph Rupprecht, FEAST Senior Project Researcher, is on the editorial committee and FEAST contributed with six papers as follows: Impressions from the Sweden and Mexico Degrowth Conference: Norie Tamura, Christoph Rupprecht (in Japanese) Degrowth and Landscape: Christoph Rupprecht (in Japanese) Beyond Public and Private: a …

Discussing policies for the Kyoto bee-scape at the 38 Café (Maximilian Spiegelberg & Rika Shinkai, Project Researchers & Christoph Rupprecht, Senior Project Researcher)

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On February 27th, we invited the bee-stakeholders of Kyoto to the event 38 Café (Mitsubachi Café) “Let’s make a bee-friendly Kyoto City”. Bee-stakeholders are not just beekeepers taking directly care of honeybees, but include all the people affected directly or indirectly by the existence of bees. That can be the farmer needing pollination, or the bird lover interested in a healthy habitat, the city officer called-up regularly by citizens to remove beehives or the educator teaching about food or the environment. The goal of the workshop was to have this diverse group of actors exchange over possible bee-supporting policies and activities in Kyoto and ideally building a more coherent and …

School lunch session of Japan Organic Agriculture Association (Fumi Iwashima, Doshisha University/then-Project Research Associate)

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On February 23rd, the General Meeting of Japan Organic Agriculture Association was held at Ayaha Lakeside Hotel in Shiga Prefecture, at which Prof. Motoki Akitsu from Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University, FEAST WG2 Chair, and I organized a session “Making school lunch organic” in the afternoon. To our great surprise, more than 30 people joined, which exceeded the fixed number and contributed to a lively session. The session started off with a presentation by Prof. Akitsu, “Starting a food reform from school lunch”. He brought up a broader meaning that school lunch casts on the society, more than just a meal for children that shall be safe and delicious. …

The 23rd RIHN Regional Seminar "Towards bee-friendly cities – co-creating urban futures" @Nakagyo Ward Office (Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEAST Project Researcher; Rika Shinkai, RIHN Visiting Researcher; Aoi Kimura, RIHN PR Section; Yasuhisa Kondo, RIHN Open Team Science PL; Christoph Rupprecht, FEAST Senior Researcher)

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FEAST bee team together with Nakagyo Ward Office, RIHN PR Section and Open Team Science Project organized the 23rd RIHN Regional Community Seminar “Towards bee-friendly cities – co-creating urban futures” at Nakagyo Ward Office on November 4th. Kyoto Branch of Wild Bird Society of Japan and Public Interest Incorporated Association Kyoto City Greenery Association also played a vital part in this event as partners, and Japanese-Bee Weekend Beekeepers Club, NPO Citizens Environmental Foundation, Horikawa Midorino Machizukuri Kai (Horikawa re-greening club) and Rakusai Shizen Nouen (Rakusai natural farm) as supporters. When the participants list filled up quickly during the registration period, we already got a hint that alike many other cities …

Workshop on Future of School Lunch in Obuse, Nagano

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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 on Nagano’s food and agriculture

Report on the 2nd seminar of Food Policy Council, Kamoka 2018: “Making Kameoka an organic town!” (Ryo Iwahashi, Project Research Assistant)

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On the 19th of November, the 2nd seminar of “Shokuto Nou no Mirai Kaigi in Kameoka (Food Policy Council, Kamoka) 2018: Making Kameoka an organic town!” was held at Galleria Kameoka, Kyoto. This seminar was composed of two parts: a keynote speech titled “Connecting with the world, connecting in the regions: Experiences in Ichijima Town, Hyogo Prefecture and international trends in organic farming” by Mr. Shinji Hashimoto, an organic farmer in Ichijima Town, Tanba City, Hyogo Pref., followed with Q&A session and the workshop in which the participants talked about their background and presented what they thought was necessary to make Kameoka a town of organic farming. Mr. Hashimoto started …

Serious Board Game Jam 2018 (Kazuhiko Ota, Project Researcher)

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“Serious Board Game Jam 2018 (hereinafter, SBGJ2018)” was organized at RIHN on November 23rd and 24th. “Serious game” refers to a game focusing on social issues such as healthcare, education, disaster control, public health, business management and “game jam” is an event at which participants are divided into teams and develop a game within a limited timeframe. SBGJ2018 was planned and organized in a way to achieve three objectives: 1) to make best use of RIHN’s research outcomes to date; 2) to develop “fun” but “serious” board games and make them open access; and 3) to network with various actors relevant to game development. It made this 2-day event quite …

Workshop “What does school lunch mean to society?” at NPO Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai and Anzen Kyokyu Center’s Organic Seminar Series (Norie Tamura, Senior Project Researcher, and Fumi Iwashima, Project Research Associate)

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On November 10th, 2018, we organized a workshop titled “What does school lunch mean to society?” as part of Organic Seminar Series at Patagonia Kyoto hosted by Tsukaisute Jidai wo Kangaeru Kai (The Association for Ethical Waste Disposal Awareness) and its affiliated company limited, Anzennousan Kyokyu Center (Safe Produce Supply Center Ltd.) and co-hosted by RIHN and Working Committee for Shoku to Nou no Mirai Kaigi Kyoto (Food Policy Council Kyoto). Prof. Takayuki Dewa from Faculty of Letters, Ryukoku University started off the seminar with a lecture on the issues around and background of free school lunch services in Seoul, South Korea. This was meant to be a catalyst for …

Presenting Research Outcome on Reevaluation of Peasantry at the 66th General Assembly of the Japanese Association for Rural Studies

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Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, together with Mr. Naoya Matsudaira, our project member, joined “the 66th General Assembly of the Japanese Association for Rural Studies” in Takachiho in Miyazaki Pref. from October 26th to 28th, 2018, at which they had an opportunity to present their research entitled “the international and Japanese trends of reevaluations of peasantry: the similarities and differences”. <Abstract> The United Nations General Assembly 2017 highlighted the importance of family farming, which produces approximately 80% of food on this planet and officially declared “the Decade of Family Farming” from 2019 to 2028. However, whether family farming can survive in the years to come still remains uncertain, and the …

Presenting Research Outcome on Beekeeping in Japan at Asian Apicultural Association conference 2018

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Maximilian Spiegelberg, FEEAST Project researcher, joined “Asian Apicultural Association Conference: Bees, Environment and Sustainability” which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia from Oct 22nd to 25th. This conference brought together researchers, beekeeper, and trader from across Asia. A lot of the sessions focused on natural science aspects and did include all kinds of honeybees present in Asia. He presented on his Japanese case studies entitled “The new force of beekeeping is an old one: about hobby beekeepers in Japan”. The new force of beekeeping is an old one – About hobby beekeepers in Japan Research background Beekeeping in Japan can be divided into hobby, semi-professional, and professional practice. While professional beekeepers …