Asia Pacific Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics 5th Conference (APSAFE2023)

Just Transition in Regenerative Food Systems under Urbanization and Climate Crisis

March 10(Fri), 11(Sat), 2023 at Nanzan University (Aichi, Japan) + Online


We invite you to APSAFE 2023 Nagoya to engage with just transitions of food systems, which are in rapid urbanization, climate emergency and Socio-political conflicts.

Our food systems face severe environmental and social impacts. Addressing these issues starts with understanding the complex interactions of diverse food systems with other systems, environmental, health, social, cultural, and economical. We do not have a panacea. Food systems pose what has been called ‘wicked problems’, and transdisciplinary fora are currently put forward as a promising way to tackle these problems. We need to move out of traditional disciplinary silos and interact with many stakeholders and systems of knowledge. APSAFE is one such forum.


We cordially welcome researchers, students, policymakers, community activists, practitioners, and others with an active interest in food ethics. Please use this op-portunity to cultivate knowledge and understanding within a network defined by a shared commitment to address the largely implicit ethical challenges in our food systems!

Conference Topics 

The conference will address the following sub-themes. Contributions not included in these are also welcome, as long as they address issues relevant to the overall theme of the conference:




Designing food policies that include input from diverse stakeholders:


especially underrepresented communities (e.g. indigenous voices), environ-mental and climate justice, roles and inequalities of players in the food chain, intersectionality, ethics and trade agreements, vulnerabilities of food systems, civic food networks. long-term planning of urban food security.



Preserving agricultural pluralism:


food sovereignty, seed-saving rights, small-scale experimental farming, dialectics between agrarianism and in-dustrialism.



Planetary health:


interactions for people, animals and the planet (e.g. COVID-19, zoonotic diseases, anti-microbial resistance). synergies of livestock, eco-system and rural communities, ethical priorities inbreeding; welfare assess-ment in farm animals. veterinary ethics.



Urbanization and Food System:


ethical consumption, trans-forming food waste, value conflicts in designing or re-establishing circular economies in food systems, moving away from a purely capitalist approach.



Future Foodscape:


biotechnology and agroecology, genome editing, ‘novel’ foodstuffs (e.g. insects, cultured meat, vegan foods, vertical and urban agri-culture), Food-related engineering ethics, ancient foods (high nutrition and climate resistant), the question of scale.



Ethical issues in marine fisheries and aquaculture:


ecological and human impacts of farmed systems; new species in aquaculture; sentience in aquatic species; the potential of seaweed (e.g. as food, fertilizer, ecosystem recovery, carbon capture).



Wild Food Basket:


ethics and hunting, sustainability of foraging, rewilding, livestock-wildlife interactions, conversations and prediction, preserving the wild and spaces for indigenous peoples and practices.


* We explicitly welcome abstracts on agricultural and food ethics issues in specific Asia-Pacific contexts. Today, food systems are transitioning, driven by new technologies and globalization, on the one hand, and environmental degradation and the climate crisis, on the other. In the meantime, social and health problems flow from the resulting rapid urbanization as well as from the replacement of traditional ag-riculture and food supply by large-scale modern farming and processed foods. Inevitably, human conflicts exacerbate all of these problems. One of the objectives of APSAFE is viewing these global issues in our own contexts and also examining the agricultural and food traditions, futures, issues, and solutions specific to the Asia-Pacific region.

We cordially welcome researchers, students, policy makers, community activists, and practitioners.



August 1, 2022 Submission Opens


September 30, 2022 Submission Deadline


October 31, 2022 Acceptance/Rejection Notification 


January 10, 2023 Submission Deadline (Updated Abstracts)


January 31, 2023 Registration Ends (Onsite)


March 10-11, 2023 Conference Dates


* A casual half-day unconference is planned for the end of August 2022 to generate ideas for presentations.

Extended Abstracts


• The suggested length for an extended abstract is 500-800 words, with a maximum of 1000 words, excluding references.


• Key references should be included.


• Submit as an anonymous pdf.


• Abstract will be peer-reviewed by the APSAFE 2023 Scientific Committee. (Successful authors will be notified in October 2023)


• Abstract will be published on the conference website.


• Will be published in the open-access APSAFE Digital Library


• Early Career Researchers and postgraduate students are particularly welcome. The APSAFE Prize is awarded for the best student presentation. All presenters who register as students are eligible for this Prize.


• Must use the APSAFE submission template (in preparation).



The conference program committee recognizes many diverse ways to contribute to a sustainable and regenerative food system. The purpose of an extended abstract is to demonstrate a contribution interesting to APSAFE audiences. For example, an ex-tended abstract might describe a study or research program underway but might also describe a pending research program. It might outline findings or establish and discuss a research question. It might describe the study’s method or methodology or focus on outcomes and results. It might describe planned work, work in progress, or work that has been completed.


Some extended abstracts may later be further elaborated in a submission to a relevant peer-reviewed scientific journal. APSAFE recommends the Springer journal Food Ethics.



Organized by

Kazuhiko OtaNanzan University

Nobutsugu KanzakiNanzan University


18, Yamasan-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 466-8673, Japan

6012, Q Building, Faculty of Policy Studies, Nanzan University