We are raising ambition. Together, with industry leaders and pioneering cities, we are working to tackle climate change, create healthy cities, rebuild biodiversity, and create new business opportunities. Through collaborative, international efforts, the work has begun to deliver solutions for a healthy, regenerative food system.

Could the solution to climate change also be delicious?

The Food initiative showcases the potential power that food holds to reach climate targets and address the depletion of finite resources.

You can become part of the solution. Register your interest or get in touch and we’ll provide our social media kit and other assets to help with your company’s communications. Together, we can create healthy cities, rebuild biodiversity, and realise new business opportunities.

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Following the publication of the Cities and Circular Economy for Food report at the World Economic Forum in Davos (January 2019), the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched the Food initiative. Over the next three years, we will bring together key actors to stimulate a global shift towards a regenerative food system based on the principles of a circular economy.

The initiative will engage 20+ cities on a journey to a circular economy for food with London, New York, and São Paulo as Strategic Partners. Members - Almere, Barcelona, Bogotá, Kyoto, Lisbon, Milan, Phoenix, Porto, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sevilla, Toronto, and Torres Vedras (with more to be announced) will further accelerate implementation efforts. Municipalities, local and global businesses, and resource managers will work together in new ways to drive real systemic change.

The Food initiative will activate unprecedented collaboration to mobilise the vision laid out in the Cities and Circular Economy for Food report. Food brands, producers, retailers, governments, innovators, waste managers, and other food players are all working towards three main ambitions based on circular economy thinking.

Achieving these three ambitions in cities could generate annual benefits worth USD 2.7 trillion by 2050

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1. Source food grown regeneratively, and locally where appropriate

Food comes from natural systems which are inherently regenerative. Replicating these practices will improve the overall health of local ecosystems, diversify the food supply to increase resilience, reduce packaging needs, and shorten supply chains. Urban and peri-urban farming will see connections strengthened with food and the farmers who grow it.

2. Make the most of food

Cities play a crucial role in keeping food at its highest value and eliminating waste. They can become hubs for the redistribution of surplus foods and a thriving bioeconomy where food by-products are transformed into organic fertilisers, biomaterials, medicines, and bioenergy.

3. Design and market healthier food products

There are no healthy food choices in an unhealthy food system. We can change food design and marketing to reshape our preferences and habits. This will ensure that healthy products become easily accessible, while valuable nutrients circulate back to the soil safely.

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Shifting to a Circular Economy for Food



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