Japan is the only OECD country to incorporate food and nutrition issues into a comprehensive law. In 2005, Japan's Basic Law on Food Education came into force. The first basic plan became effective in 2006. The law seeks to support nutritional education and the preservation of "traditional Japanese food culture." These goals are to be implemented through cooperation between the state, municipal authorities, farmers, educators, and families.
In Germany too, efforts are being made toward comprehensive nutrition education. The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, for example, initiated the anti-food waste campaign "Too good for the trash bin" or the campaign "Get going" for healthy eating in child day care. The link between food, health, and nutrition is a topic present in the media, in everyday life, and in academic discourses of both countries.
This interdisciplinary symposium compares campaigns and the state of eating and eating habits in Japan and Germany. Scholars from different disciplines of both countries will discuss and analyze concepts, institutional contexts, successes, and potentials of nutrition education.