Title: Promoting Food and Sustainable Agriculture Traditions of Japan through Study Abroad Opportunities
Stream: Japanese Studies
Presentation Type: Virtual Poster Presentation
Gregory Hunt, Universidad de Alcala de Henares, Spain
With the building pressure on global food systems, sustainable and organic agriculture is becoming increasingly pertinent for the future of food security and justice. Institutions of higher education have realized this booming need for new approaches to agriculture by implementing academic programs in sustainable agriculture, food studies, etc. There has even been an increase in study abroad programs focused on these areas. However, the majority of these programs are based in the growing and food preparation traditions of Western Europe, mostly Italy and France. My project will have two primary objectives: 1) outline a study abroad opportunity for students interested specifically in agriculture and Japan. This program will feature coursework in the sociology and economics surrounding the production of food in Japan, as well as hands-on experience on a farm. Furthermore, my project will also 2) explore the history of sustainable, community-supported agriculture in Japan through literature such as Masanobu Fukuoka's book The One Straw Revolution. This background knowledge will serve as inspiration for the study abroad program, parallel to how the Slow Food Movement has influenced other programs from Europe. This project argues for more representation of Japanese traditions in the current practical and academic adoption of sustainable agriculture in higher education.
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