Cities and Circular Economy for Food - Project & Case studies

The linear food system is ripe for disruption. For every dollar spent on food, society pays two dollars in health, environmental, and economic costs. With 80% of all food expected to be consumed in cities by 2050, businesses, public bodies, organisations, institutions, and the people located within them hold the power to revolutionise our food system.

Cities can transform from black holes sucking in food, energy, and other resources to engines of a regenerative food system and bioeconomy. The transition to a circular economy will see production which regenerates rather than harms the natural systems upon which it relies, food waste designed out, and food by-products used at their highest values.

About the report

The challenges and limitations lie in the complexity of our linear food systems and the urgency we face. During the development of the report, we consulted a consortium of 100+ organisations and actors along the food value chain. City authorities, NGOs, academics, and policymakers were brought together to craft a vision of a healthy and resilient future using restorative measures to design out waste and pollution.

The report is produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation with analytical support from SYSTEMIQ and supported by Intesa Sanpaolo and Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center as Lead Partner; DanoneThe Finnish Innovation Fund SitraSuezTetra Pak, and Veolia as Core Partners; and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, players of People‚Äôs Postcode Lottery(GB), and Porticus as Philanthropic Partners.

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