The aim of this symposium:


Consumers in modern society express their concern about various food credence attributes including animal rights, contamination risk, fair trade, genetic modification, geographical origin, and organic farming. For the last several decades scholars from various parts of the world have analyzed consumers’ valuation of food credence attributes and reported that consumers pay premiums for the foods with desirable properties.


Although research findings about food credence attribute have been accumulated in the academic journals, relatively little comparison has been made across countries. We will hold this symposium with two main objectives: 1) To show how consumers’ valuation of food credence attributes differs between countries. 2) To propose agro-food policies to reflect consumers’ demand for food credence attributes. Food science includes many different fields. We will invite the scholars with different academic background to the conference to exchange ideas and information..


The symposium will be held from 18-20 May 2017 at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo. Institute of Economic Research partially supports this symposium. 

This Symposium was sponsored by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, whose financial support made it possible for most of the invited speakers to participate in the Symposium.


Aoyama Gakuin University was founded in 1949 as part of Aoyama Gakuin, celebrating the 140-year anniversary of its institutional foundation in 2014. AGU has established a national reputation for the quality of its teaching and its international ambience, and is widely recognized as one of the leading private universities in Japan.