Opportunities to improve our food system exist throughout the supply chain, from individual changes in diet and avoiding food waste to the adoption of regenerative agriculture methods and creating more localised supply to reduce food miles.
Globally, over one third of the world's food is wasted. In Australia, food waste currently costs the economy $20 billion each year and accounts for over 5 per cent of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions. This waste also occurs when 1 in 5 Australians are food insecure. Beyond food waste there is a need to shift the way we produce food to restore land through the adoption of regenerative practices.
A circular economy for food is one that allows the natural cycles to thrive, where waste does not exist but acts as feedstock for another cycle. In this system food isn't wasted, by-products of food production are returned to the land in the form of organic fertilisers and soil health and biodiversity are restored.