The big food redesign
Rather than bending nature to produce food, food can be designed for nature to thrive
Changing our food system to one based on the principles of the circular economy is one of the most powerful things we can do to tackle climate change and build biodiversity. We can achieve this and provide healthy nutritious food for all.
The current food system doesn’t work for everyone, and it certainly doesn’t work for the environment. Industrial farming has turned agriculture into a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and is driving the extinction of species.
Not only do we produce food in a way that won’t work in the long term, but we also waste almost a third of it while nearly 10% of the world’s population go hungry.
Transitioning to a circular economy means moving towards a food system that builds natural capital and allows nature to thrive.
Regenerative food production means growing food in ways that generate positive outcomes for nature such as healthy and stable soils, improved local biodiversity, improved air and water quality.
It is implemented through practices tailored to local contexts such as using diverse crop varieties and cover crops, rotational grazing, and agroforestry (growing trees around or among crops or pasture) and results in agricultural land that more closely resembles natural ecosystems like forest and native grassland, providing habitat for a wide range of organisms.
With the circular economy, we can build a food system that ensures our food never creates waste.
It prevents food waste, redistribute surplus edible food to people who need it and inedible food by-products and human waste become inputs for new products.
Supporting local farmers as they transition to regenerative practices
Connect the Dots aims to create a food system network that tackles social inequality and supports regenerative farming. Set up for the São Paulo peri-urban zone and the surrounding region, the programme supports and purchases produce from local farmers, to provide healthy food for vulnerable people.
Climate, biodiversity, human health. These pressing global challenges are all connected by the food...
Using fungi to turn waste carbohydrates into protein.
Making a sustainable animal feed alternative with the help of a black soldier flies.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation works to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. We develop and promote the idea of a circular economy, and work with business, academia, policymakers, and institutions to mobilise systems solutions at scale, globally.
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