The term circular food can mean different things among different experts. In our research we’ve come across a lack of discussion on elements beyond the economy itself, running the risk of creating the same extractive processes we currently have in our linear economic system. In order to overcome this, we are looking to integrate the three pillars below in order to move towards an integrated circular economy, one that is equally just for the biosphere, cultural societies, and the economy.
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To achieve an integrated circular food economy across our Biosphere, Societies, Economies, we are proposing factors that would drive them to be equitable, free from harm, diverse, and conserving in their food value chains. The idea behind our Transformative Goals is that they can be action points and or criteria buckets for potential prize designs to follow and promote change towards the integrated system.
Are there any Circular Economy principles/actions you feel are important that are not considered here? To you, what does it mean to have an integrated circular food economy?
As you share additional principles/actions, please consider how they will translate across all 3 pillars: Biosphere, Societies, Economies.
If you have any questions, clarifications, ideas, or thoughts, please share them in the comments below.