Guest Speakers

Opening Speech

December 3rd, 2020 via YouTube

Ethical Musings on Farm and Food Futures

Kirill O. Thompson

Taiwan National University


Kirill O. Thompson teaches at National Taiwan University (Dept. of Foreign Langs. and Lit.). Major fields: Chinese philosophy, e.g. Confucianism, Daoism, etc., Western philosophy, e.g. Existentialism, early Analytic philosophy (Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein), early Greek philosophy, Hume, Kant, etc. Ethics: 20th century metaethics, Confucian ethics, agricultural ethics, food ethics and related areas. Philosophical literature: Lucretius, Thoreau, Dostoyevsky. Recently published on agricultural ethics in Chinese perspective; agrarianism; agrarianism as a way to sustainability and resilience; traditional Chinese agrarianism, etc. Co-edited with Paul Thompson: Agricultural Ethics in East Asian Perspective: A Transpacific Dialogue: (Springer, 2018). Keynoted the 41st Annual Research Conference at the U. of Guam on "Facing Climate Change: Changing Hearts and Minds" (March 2020). Founding member: Humanities for the Environment (

Keynote Speech

December 11th, 2020 via YouTube

Agriculture and Food Ethics: Is It Time to Go Back to Basics?

Paul B. Thompson

Michigan State University


Paul B. Thompson holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, where he serves on the faculty in the departments of Philosophy, Community Sustainability and Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has held posts at Texas A&M University and Purdue University. Thompson’s research and teaching has focused on ethical and philosophical topics in food and agriculture. He is the author or co-author of over two hundred articles in refereed journals or scholarly books. Thompson has served on advisory boards at the U.S. National Research Council, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Genome Canada and for numerous academic journals, including Environmental Ethics and Agriculture and Human Values. He was a founding member and second President of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society, which awarded him its award for Distinguished Career Contribution in Research in 2013. 

Food Safety or National Security? : The Impact of Global Political Changes on Local Food Systems in the Post Pandemic Era

Wei-Chi Chang

National Tsing Hua University


Wei-Chi Chang serves on the faculty as an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Cultural Resources, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. She received her Ph.D. from Chiba University, Japan, in 2004. Wei-Chi’s teaching and research have focused on food sovereignty, food education, and Taiwanese indigenous food culture. She has served on the Advisory Committee of Right to Food and Health at Yilan County Government. She has assisted local small farms to establish an organic farmers' market-the Breeze Market- during the period she served as the Advisory Committee at Kaohsiung County Government. As a board of Homemakers United Foundation, she has also drafted the Basic Act on food education with members of the Foundation. The bill is now under consideration by the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Ethical implications of transitioning to 1.5-degree Food Systems

Steven R. McGreevy

Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


Steven R. McGreevy is an associate professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature and has a background in agriculture and rural sustainable development from Kyoto University (Ph.D. 2012). He researches novel approaches to regional revitalization, sustainable agrifood and energy transitions, and the relinking of patterns of food consumption and production through policy and practice. He leads the FEAST project (Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition), which maps food systems, analyzes patterns of food consumption, food-related social practices and their socio-cultural meanings, and takes a transdisciplinary approach to explore the realities and potential for sustainable agrifood transition at sites in Asia.

Sustaining the Global Ocean-Human System with Ethical Seafood Value Chains

Mimi E. Lam

University of Bergen


Dr Mimi E. Lam is a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway, where she is leading the project, Managing Ethical Norwegian Seascape Activities (Norwegian Research Council, 2020-2024). She is a contributing expert on the European Commission Joint Research Centre project, Science of Values and Identity in the Political Process and the World Wide Fund for Nature Global Oceans Practice Strategic Outlook report. She recently completed her Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship project on Enhancing Seafood Ethics and Sustainability: A Values- and Ecosystem-based Management Approach (European Commission, 2017-2019). Notably, Dr Lam received the inaugural Conservation Beacon Award (2017) from the Society for Conservation Biology “for pioneering an ethical approach to the conservation of marine resources, both natural and cultural, through interdisciplinary research and community engagement at the science-policy interface.”