The Nature Imperative: How the circular economy tackles biodiversity loss
Published September 2021
Community Grains produces organic wholegrain products such as pasta, flour and hearth bread with the aim of restoring a vibrant local grain economy in California. They source a wide array of grain varieties from local farmers that use regenerative practices on their land, and mill the entire grains to retain their essential nutrients and the depth of flavour in the final products. Consumers can access information about any stage of the supply chain of the products they purchase - such as information on the farmer, seed variety, or mill date - to help them make more informed decisions about their food.
Through their sourcing decisions, Community Grains helps encourage the farmers they work with to increase their on-farm biodiversity by growing more diverse grain varieties. In addition to including multiple grain types in their product portfolios, Community Grains also creates demand for heritage grain varieties, which enhances crop genetic diversity, and enables farmers to benefit from the cultivation of these more resilient and adaptable crops. At the same time, by asking the members of their value chain to report on their impact on factors influencing biodiversity such as land quality and water use, and making consumers aware of these benefits, Community Grains helps create stronger demand for regeneratively grown grain varieties, thus increasing the likelihood of more farmers adopting such methods in the future.
This topic area shows how moving to a circular economy for food will help people and nature thrive.
Food is part of nature, and nature is inherently regenerative - it can renew itself. For billions...
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