How do governments work towards putting the food system on a more regenerative path?
For every dollar spent on food, society pays two dollars in health, environmental, and economic costs, which amounts to $5.7 trillion per year globally. Production in our food system is a liability and only two percent of the nutritional value in our food is recycled. In addition, we waste finite resources including land and in cities, mismanaged food production could claim almost five million lives by 2050. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation identifies three ambitions for cities to build a circular economy for food.
- Source food grown regeneratively, and locally where appropriate to reduce packaging needs and shorten supply chains.
- Design food waste whereby food by-products are transformed into value products.
- Design and market healthier food products using food by-products as ingredients and avoiding certain additives to ensure valuable nutrients circulate
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