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New event series in collaboration with Venture Café

February 15, 2019

Dialogue: Grow-Feed-Innovate

 

RSA JFN is excited to announce a new series of events to be run in collaboration with Venture Café at Toranomon Hills. Each session will take the form of an interactive conversation with invited guests who are developing innovative food solutions for a more sustainable society. 

 

ABOUT

Currently, the Tokyo megatropolis faces a food and water future that seems bleak. Japan’s national self-sufficiency rate is under 40%, and the central government aims to raise this level to merely 45% by 2025. While self-sufficiency is only one measure of the crisis facing the provision of sustainable high quality nutrition for its people, in Tokyo, like many other major metropolitan cities around the world, land-use policies and waste have poisoned and compromised the food chain. But out of need, innovations emerge. This series will explore food innovations from many angles, from production technologies to architecture and urban planning to ideas from space flight and left field. Our aim is to create a vibrant environment for innovators, investors, and foodies to collaborate and design a brighter and sustainable food future for Tokyo and the world.

 

FORMAT

For each of the sessions in this series, we will be inviting a number of guests to engage in a moderated discussion. Audience participation is encouraged. The primary language of discussion is English. Since this is taking place in Japan, we want to encourage Japanese speakers to join the conversation, but we don’t intend to allow interpreting to constantly interrupt the flow of conversation. English will enable international innovators to easily join in our discussions at Venture Cafe and will also enable the innovations developed in Japan to engage international audiences.

 

 

SESSION 1: Thursday March 7

Tokyo’s Food Future: Rainbows Follow a Downpour 

The first session will explore some of the darkest issues and brightest innovations concerning food in greater Tokyo and Japan. The discussion will introduce ideas and intents that will be revisited through the  rest of the series. We will give examples of how some people throughout Tokyo and Japan are successfully engaged in concrete and innovative solutions around food education, urban farming, cooperatives, food waste reduction, farm-to-table initiatives, and SDGs.

 

Mr. Jon Walsh, Director and CEO, Business Grow

Ms. Joan Lambert Bailey, Food, Farming, and Farmers Market writer

Ms. Emi Do, Ph. D. student in Agricultural Economics and Cooperatives

Moderator: Mr. Michael K. Kato, President and CEO, Japanese Greats

 

Time: 19:00-20:00, Thursday 7th March

Place: Toranomon Hills 2F (Check-in: Toranomon Hills Cafe) 1 Chome-23-1, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 105-6390

Cost: free

Bookings: booking is not essential but to help our planning we'd be grateful if you could register for the Venture Café 7th March Thursday Gathering here.

Language: English

 

FUTURE SESSIONS

Tuesday May 14th 2019

Thursday July 4th 2019

 

 

食物を巡る対話

Grow-Feed-Innovate

 

より持続可能な社会に向け、食物を巡るソリューションをめざす改革者たちとの対話

 

今、東京、日本を取り巻く食物の環境は恐ろしいことになっています。

日本の食料自給率が40%以下ということは周知の事実ですが、これは食物を巡る問題の極一面でしかありません。食物を巡る問題は広く、土地利用の問題、食物廃棄の問題がもたらすfood chain全体の問題を問うことになります。

ここにイノベーションが生まれる機会があります。

「食物の未来」シリーズでは生産技術の問題、都市計画の問題、さらには宇宙開発の問題にまでスコープを広げ、食物の問題を探求していきます。

このシリーズの目的は、イノベーター、投資家、食を愛するグルメの人たちに集結してもらって、食に関するより明るく持続可能な未来を探求していくことにあります。

 

このシリーズセッションは毎回各分野で活躍する3名程度のゲストを招きラウンドテーブルセッションを行います。英語でのセッションが主になりますが、会場の皆さんにも積極的に対話に参加してもらい、相互方向での進行を行います。(特に通訳はつけませんが、会場にはバイリンガル参加者も多く参加するので日本語での質問も受けつけます)

 

Vol. 1:3月7日(木)

Tokyo’s Food Future : Rainbows Follow a Downpour

東京、日本が直面している難しい課題とその解決に向けての具体的、イノベイティブな解決を話し合います。具体的には、食物に関する教育、都会地域での農業、食物廃棄問題、農場と家庭を結びつけるイニシアティブ等があげられます。

 

スピーカーは以下の通り。

Mr. Jon Walsh, Director and CEO, Business Grow

Ms. Joan Lambert Bailey, Food, Farming, and Farmers Market writer

Ms. Emi Do, Ph. D. student in