Food as cultural capital in rural development: a comparative study between Japanese and British upland agriculture

Mansfield, Lois (2019) Food as cultural capital in rural development: a comparative study between Japanese and British upland agriculture. In: Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG) Annual International Conference 2019, 28-30 August 2019, Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

With the change in UK government policy to financially support public goods rather than production, farm businesses will once again need to explore a range of alternative mechanisms to ensure they are resilient enough to continue. In preparation for this, the Ministry responsible for food (DEFRA) is currently focused on the testing and trialling of agri-environment initiatives. Farms, nevertheless have much more to offer in terms of social and cultural capital which not only provide business continuity but underpin the production of natural capital and other ecosystem services so valued by society. This paper reports on some of the findings of a Churchill Fellowship in Japan which explored how their Ministries support upland farm businesses in the Yoshina-Kumano National Park, SW Honshu, through rural development in terms of food as an aspect of cultural capital. A comparative critical analysis between schemes in the UK and Japan was then performed to explore new ways of improving food farm diversification in upland farming areas.

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Departments: Outdoor Studies
Vice Chancellor's Office
Additional Information: Presented in 'Hopeful Governance for Good Rural Food Economies and Environments' session at this conference.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 10:29
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 10:29
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/5139

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