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Record number 2205192
Title Food for the Circular Economy : policy brief
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Trudy Rood, Hanneke Muilwijk and Henk Westhoek
Author(s) Rood, Trudy ; Muilwijk, Hanneke ; Westhoek, Henk
Publisher The Hague : PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Publication year 2017
Description 1 online resource (PDF, 32 pages) illustrations
Notes PBL publication number: 2878
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Keyword(s) change / cycling / economics / food production / food wastage / natural resources / resource management / agro-industrial chains / residual streams / biobased economy
Categories Economic Transition
Publication type Monograph
Language English
About Making the transition to a circular economy requires a radical transformation of various production chains. The food chain is just one. Various policy areas are faced with the task of precipitating this transition to a circular food system. Added value can be achieved by taking an integrated approach to the transition; in this policy brief, the authors set out a framework for such an integrated approach. The authors have identified three requirements for this. Firstly, in a circular economy, natural resources must be effectively used and managed. Such resources include soil, water and biodiversity, but also minerals. These resources are essential to be able to produce renewable resources. Secondly, optimum use of food is important. Reducing food waste is an important starting point in this context, as is a diet with less highly processed food, or more vegetable protein and less animal protein. Also important is a reduced use of natural resources and less environmental pressure. Finally, it is important to make optimum use of residue streams, such as tomato stalks, beet pulp and stale bread. In this way, as little biomass as possible will be lost.
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