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Net Zero Food System

We will enable the transition to a net zero food system, measuring and quantifying the change through reduced CO2 equivalent emissions.

The food system is responsible for almost a third of greenhouse gas emissions, with connected challenges such as food waste, resource depletion and energy consumption.

To reach net zero and mitigate the impacts of the climate crisis, we must scale a systems approach to change that enables the transition to sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices, creates new markets and opportunities for food waste and loss reduction, and empowers all stakeholders to play an active role in the circular food economy.

EIT Food's Net Zero Food System mission framework is based on three targets where the EIT Food community can have the most impact, and in the areas of greatest need. These are:

  • Establishing regenerative agriculture as a commercially viable option in key value chain
  • Reducing food loss and waste
  • Growing the circular food economy through packaging and labelling.

This is reflected in our community building and advocacy activities and underpins the design of our funding and partnership opportunities.

Deep dive into our research on creating a net zero food system, and the actions we recommend

Real progress towards a net zero food system requires radical food systems transformation so that food produced in a sustainable, equitable and affordable way is available to all people.

To achieve this, key enablers of change include the integration of data into all value chain measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) processes, the overcoming of barriers to behaviour change in the farming community, and a change in consumer behaviour.

Key findings

Opportunities

Enablers for change

Have an idea that will improve the food system?

Want to get involved with our community? We regularly bring people together to help us all reach for our shared goals – and we’ve launched a competitive, open Impact Funding Framework to promote and fund ambitious, long-term collaboration that will lead to food systems change to benefit us all.

Net Zero Food System insight report

EIT Food has published a Net Zero Food System Insight report, co-designed and authored by a community of experts and organisations committed to driving change in this Mission area.

This report describes the agrifood systems change we all need to see to improve the environmental of our food system. The transformation needed is more action than any one organisation is capable of by itself.

Download the report

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