Agroecology in Japan and the Americas: History, Practice, and Future Directions

Workshop | April 26 | 1-5 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS), Archaeological Research Facility, Department of Anthropology, Berkeley Food Institute

This workshop highlights similarities and differences between agroecological approaches in Japan and those in the Americas with a focus on their historic and geographic contexts, and presents future visions of sustainable farming practice and resilient human-environmental interaction. Agroecology can be defined as a trans-disciplinary approach rooted in both traditional and scientific knowledge that seeks to design and manage productive, biologically diverse, resilient, and primarily small-scale agricultural systems. Starting with the discussion of Miguel Altieri’s seminal work on agroecolocy in South America and California, presenters in this workshop examine the roots, characteristics and goals of past and present agroecological approaches on the both sides of the Pacific Ocean.

1:00-1:10 Welcoming Remarks

1:10-1:40 Miguel Altieri (UC Berkeley): Agroecological Restoration at Multiple Scales: From Farm to Landscape

1:40-2:10 Kazumasa Hidaka (Ehime University): An Agroecological Approach towards Sustainable Farming Practice in Japan: Lessons from Satoyama and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

2:10-2:40 Junko Habu (UC Berkeley): Traditional Knowledge, Small-scale Organic Farming and the Consumer Movement in Post-WWII Japan: Continuity and Change in Social and Agricultural Landscapes

2:40-3:00 Tea Break

3:00-3:30 Joji Muramoto (UCSC): Agroecology in California Strawberries: A Vision for the Post-Methyl Bromide Era

3:30-4:00 Clara Nicholls (UC Berkeley): Designing Climate-Change-Resilient Farms

4:00-5:00 Discussion

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