The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is now delivering new tools and resources to support cities in the transition towards a circular economy for food.
Assessing this transition, in-depth analysis has been conducted on four focus cities: Brussels (Belgium), Guelph (Canada), Porto (Portugal), and Sao Paulo (Brazil). Each represents a unique combination of demographics, landscape, and activities in and around their city.
The investigation looks at the potential benefits for our urban centres of growing food regeneratively (and locally where possible), preventing avoidable food waste, and creating value from by-products. A guide has been created that outlines the steps our team took to carry out the food system analysis in each geography. This now serves as an intuitive digital tool for other cities interested in conducting their own studies. In addition, two stories highlight a circular economy in action, showcasing effective organic collection systems in Italy and circular restaurants in Finland.