//WORKING GROUP 2

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

GROUP CHAIR

I am interested in how the linkages between urban lifestyles and local and global ecosystems lead to environmental changes and health issues. I believe that food, the focus of the FEAST project, is the key to untangling lifestyle-ecosystem linkages.
Masashi Tachikawa
Professor, Nagoya University

HEADQUARTER

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

HEADQUARTER

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.
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Publications and outputs
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Seminar about Future of Food and Agriculture in Nagano at the Monthly Meeting of NAGANO Agrifood Society

On the 28th of August, a monthly meeting of “NAGANO Nou to Shoku no Kai (NAGANO Agrifood Society)” was held in Matsushiro, Nagano, at which Steven McGreevy, FEAST Project Leader, had an opportunity to give a talk entitled “Future of food and agriculture in Nagano: The role of citizens in transition to a Sustainable Society”. Despite the fact that way more food than human require are pro...

Report on the survey in Kameoka published in "Journal of Food System Research"

A report on the survey conducted in Kameoka City and its analysis was published in “Journal of Food System Research, 24 (3)”. “子育て世代の食卓および食品入手経路の実態-亀岡子育てネットワーク会員を対象とした3調査の結果から-(The conditions of food and means of obtaining food among generation with small children – from three surveys with Kameok...

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Peer-reviewed paper on Food Policy Council published in "Journal of Food System Research"

A peer-reviewed paper “Development of Food Policy Councils  in North America and its implication (tentative English title)” co-authored by Masashi Tachikawa (Nagoya University) , Steven McGreevy, Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University) and Momoe Oga (then-Doshisha University)  was published in “Journal of Food System Research, 23 (3)” (in Japanese). Abstract: The contemporary food system has va...

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Peer-reviewed paper on revitalizing rurality published on "Journal of Rural Studies"

A peer-reviewed paper ” Revitalising rurality under the neoliberal transformation of agriculture: Experiences of re-agrarianisation in Japan” co-authored by Prof. Shuji Hisano (Kyoto University, Project Member), Prof. Motoki Akitsu (Kyoto University, WG2 Chair) and Project Leader Steven R. McGreevy was published on an international journal, Journal of Rural Studies. “Revitalising rurality under...

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The 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 outputs as follows: Part I. Food and Agriculture Session 1. Urban biocultural food produc...

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Survey on Food Education in Collaboration with NPO Kameoka Kosodate Network

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 ...