The Challenge: Rethinking our relationship with food 📢 Food plays an essential role in our lives. Around food, we build communities, economies, identities, and even diplomatic relationships. Despite the importance
In the EU, around 88 million tons of food waste are generated annually with associated costs estimated at 143 billion euros. - European Commission
One third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — gets lost or wasted.
Meanwhile over 840 million people worldwide (12% of the world population) are undernourished. – FAO
The Waste and Circular Systems Initiative promotes circular mindsets through reimagination of waste value to facilitate transition to climate-smart lifestyles.
Far beyond the economic loss, wasting and losing food represents an unnecessary cost for our Planet to bear. Developing a circular mindset not only involves recycling, reuse, remanufacturing, and refurbishment but also means minimizing the use of resource inputs and improving food inefficiencies. Before becoming waste, food is a vital element for human survival, it is a precious value.
This Initiative has been grounded into a plurality of projects and activities aimed at first increasing consciousness and awareness, and secondly, gathering the global community, with its beautiful and diverse voices, to lead towards actionable and long-lasting change.
zero waste global convivium
Launched for the first United Nations International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, this 8-hours digital marathon stimulated conscious conversations from farm to table, from institutional halls to climate-smart labs and kitchens.
Strategic partners included. FAO, FICO Foundation, Zero Waste Campaign and the Italian representation of the European Union.
From Waste to Value
This project aimed to create an innovative circular economy model for the recovery of waste and food waste inside a shopping center focusing on conversion of ‘second products’ to be reintroduced at the center.
Strategic partners included FAO, FICO Foundation, Zero Waste Campaign and the Italian representation of the European Union, UN Food System Summit.
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Future Food Institute named “Good practice: Agri-food Circular Systems: the Future Food Institute Ecosystem. Education, Community, Innovation”
Since February 2021, the Future Food Institute has been officially included among the European Good practices on Agri-food Circular Systems.
Waste & Circular system research
From the very beginning, important decisions have always been made around the table. Aristotle too, in one of his most important books, stressed the importance of commensality to strengthen solidarity
Just as the agri-food system is an entangled, multifaceted ecosystem, so too are the challenges and dysfunctions triggered by it. Food loss and waste is, without any doubt, one of