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 Nagoya JR Gate Tower  (Aichi, Japan) + Online

We are pleased to announce that APSAFE2023 will be held, to engage with the appropriate and equitable transition of our food systems, which are in rapid urbanization, a climate emergency, and socio-political conflicts.


Our food system is closely related and deeply affected by social and environmental changes. The various problems that are becoming more serious today are called "wicked problems." Unfortunately, We do not have a panacea. To address these problems, we must pay careful attention and effectively understand the complex and subtle interactions of food system diversity with other systems - economics, industry, culture, health, livelihoods, and nature. APSAFE is one of the promising ways to achieve this.


We cordially welcome producers, distributors, policymakers, community activists, researchers, students, and others interested in food ethics. Let us take this opportunity to clarify the tacit assumptions and knowledge upon which our food system relies and depends, and together cultivate the knowledge and understanding to form a network of commitment that we can all build together.

Conference Topics 

APSAFE2023 will address the following sub-themes. However, we also welcome presentations that are not included in these if they are relevant to the conference's overall theme.



Food policies that can integrate diverse stakeholders


Vulnerability of food systems / Justice in the environment, climate, and culture / Pluralism and intersectionality of the roles of players in the food systems / Justice among stakeholders (politics and ethics in distribution and trade, minorities, and indigenous peoples) / Diverse conceptions of food security / consumer-citizen food networks.



Regenerating agricultural pluralism


Correlation between food and culture / Food sovereignty / Right to seed saving / Small-scale experimental agriculture / Dialogue between agrarianism and industrialism.



Planetary health: human-animal-environment health and well-being


Environment as an ecosystem, synergy between rural, urban, and nature / Livestock and breeding as the intersection of life and agriculture / Breeding technology and ethics / Evaluation of livestock well-being / Veterinary ethics.



Urbanization and food systems: concentration and decentralization


Similarities and differences between information and materials / Ethics of logistics / Breaking away from a purely capitalist approach oriented toward agglomeration / Characteristics and valuations of decentralized distribution in the food system, ethical consumption, and transformations of food waste.



Future Foodscapes


Cultural interactions of biotechnology and agroecology  (vertical and urban agriculture, food taboos, veganism, new self-sufficiency) / Food engineering ethics and food culture / "New" foods (e.g., insects, cultured meat, ancient foods) / Ethics of genome editing.



Commoning of water sphere and food procurement


Politics and ethics of marine fisheries and aquaculture / Ecological and human impacts of aquaculture systems / Potential of aquatic-agriculture (seaweed - food, fertilizer, medicine, ecosystem restoration, carbon capture, etc.) / Rights of aquatic species.



Wild food basket: dependence and independence


Caring for what is edible / Sustainability of hunting and gathering /  Livestock-wildlife interactions / Cultural diversity of involvement in the wild / Wild and space for indigenous peoples.


* We welcome abstracts on agricultural and food ethics issues in  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 rapid urbanization and the replacement of traditional agriculture and food supply by large-scale modern farming and processed foods. Inevitably, human conflicts exacerbate all of these problems. APSAFE aims to bring these global issues into our context and explore the traditions, futures, concerns, and solutions of agriculture and food in the unique conditions of the Asia-Pacific region.

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



August 1, 2022 Submission Opens


October 31, 2022 Submission Deadline


November 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 8, September 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 Word file (doc, docx).


• Abstract will be peer-reviewed by the APSAFE 2023 Scientific Committee. (Successful authors will be notified in October 2022)


• 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.



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.

Please use the APSAFE submission template!!
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We plan a casual research showcase event for APSAFE2023! Each participant will have about 5 minutes to talk about the topic they plan to report on and receive about 5 minutes of Q&A. After that, everyone will have a free discussion to delve deeper into it. 

One of the primary purposes of the pre-event is to clarify the meaning of food ethics, and you can use this as an opportunity to understand how food ethics principles apply/can be applied to your research.

It will be held on September 8, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. (JST) online.

Organized by

Kazuhiko Ota Nanzan University

Nobutsugu Kanzaki Nanzan University

Simona Zollet (Hiroshima University


Nanzan University

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