A better food chain starts here – the Food Chain 2.0 Whitepaper
November 27, 2022
The pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war and the adverse weather events of recent years are all stark reminders that the food supply chain is vulnerable to disruption. Yet, we’ve come to devalue food and waste up to a third of it, which is a serious problem in the face of growing food insecurity.
The world wastes around one third of all the food produced each year, accounting for 8-10% of global greenhouse gas emissions. We also waste ⅓ of all food produced. WRAP estimates that UK’s annual food waste (9.5Mt) translates to 25Mt of GHG emissions, 15 billion potential meals, and £19 billion of value lost.
Therefore, we need to build a Food Chain 2.0. A circular (not linear) system inspired by nature. In Food Chain 2.0 nutrients remain within the system. A rotting piece of fruit becomes food for insects, which are then eaten by larger animals. Even waste generated by the animal supply chain can be upcycled back into nutrients for plants and soil. Insects are a crucial component in this: food waste is their food.
Dive into how our food chain works – and how we can make it secure
Food Chain 2.0 will make the British farming sector more secure. It will protect our farmers and keep prices stable for consumers. It will also help the UK to meet its Net Zero commitments and create opportunities outside of major urban centres. With the right legislative action, there is space for the UK to be the leader in the insect farming market.