Globally, 150 million urban residents are food insecure, yet, cities generate 2.8 billion tons of organic waste each year. More people could be pushed into food insecurity as global food prices are on track to rise 23% this year, according to the World Bank.
Cities are particularly vulnerable to shocks related to food prices, food production and food supply chain as they consume large quantities of food and are unable to independently produce sufficient food to feed its residents.
Cities must take urgent action to reduce, redistribute and repurpose food waste. By tackling food waste management which drastically influences the food system, cities can improve overall food security while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating opportunities for green economic growth.
Resilient Cities Network launched the Urban Eats campaign to inspire cities to commit to changes in the way they manage food waste, thereby creating circular and resilient food systems. Funders and investors are called to step up to support cities with projects and initiatives that will improve food circularity through an initial funding for the Urban Eats program, and later, to contribute to catalytic funds that will support cities to develop and implement circular food solutions.
How cities can leverage opportunities to build resilient food systems through circular pathways
Resilient Cities Network and Arup recently launched a new white paper, ‘Urban Eats: How Cities Leverage Opportunities to Build Resilient Food Systems through Circular Pathways‘. The report highlights vulnerabilities in our urban food systems, but also presents opportunities for cities to reduce food insecurity through resilient and circular economy approaches.
Cities have the power to drive change to improve circularity in our food systems by:
Attributing value to waste
Reducing food waste by strengthening the link between surplus and scarcity
Complementing food supply through localized production and distribution
Changing perspectives and behaviors on food and waste
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