Rising food prices, food contamination, reduced food production induced by climate change — food insecurity is spreading all over the world. Japan is suffering from low food self-sufficiency (barely 40% on calorie basis), a string of food safety scandals and frauds. The occasion of World Food Day on October 16 organised by the FAO is an opportune time to send a strong message of food sovereignty and highlight consumers’ strategies to address the food crisis.
How can consumers cope with this crisis? Several NGOs will organise a forum, Another World Food Day, in Tokyo to discuss a wide range of current food problems and solutions.
The forum titled “Sky-rocketing food prices and crisis: hype and reality” will include the following themes:
- The real cause of the rising food prices
- How genetically modified foods are accelerating the food crisis
- Can Japan feed itself?
- NO! GMO Campaign
- Consumers Union of Japan
- No to WTO/FTA Grass-roots Campaign
- Japan Organic Agriculture Association
Date and time:
- October 16, 2008
- afternoon session: 14:00-16:00
- evening session: 19:00-21:00
- Taito-ku Shogai Gakushu Center
- Nishi-Asakusa 3-25-6, Taito-ku, Tokyo
- Nearby stations: JR Uguisudani St. (South exit)/Tokyo Metro Iriya St. (Exit No.1)/Tsukuba Express Asakusa St. (Exit A2)
For further information: NO! GMO Campaign (email: office(at)gmo-iranai.org)