Circular economy can transform food to fight climate change

  • As the diversity of foods produced has fallen, so too has the resilience of the food system to threats such as pests, diseases, weather shocks exacerbated by climate change.
  • Rather than bending nature to produce food, our food needs to be designed for nature to thrive.
  • There is an enormous opportunity for businesses to design food for nature-positive outcomes and make it mainstream.

With the climate and biodiversity COPs in progress, one part of the economy increasingly finds itself in the spotlight: food. Our current food system is the primary driver of biodiversity loss and accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, spurring businesses and policymakers alike to set targets and take action to make changes in the sector.

But incremental improvements to the current system will not be enough to address these issues at scale and speed. A fundamental transformation of the food industry is needed;…

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