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Circular Food Systems

We are encouraging the shift from linear to circular, sustainable food systems, in which resources are reused, nutrients recycled, by-products reduced and what remains is reutilised.

Transitioning to a circular economy

Our current linear model of ‘make, use, and dispose’ is inefficient, wasteful and unsustainable. We need to move from this to a circular food system where we use resources more efficiently and re-use side and waste streams. At EIT Food, we are working with entrepreneurs and food system stakeholders to drive innovation forward and scale sustainable, circular food solutions.

Podcast #112

Upcycling fruit pits to cut food waste

Luca Fichtinger, Co-Founder of Kern Tec, highlights the huge opportunity in the food industry for repurposing wasted side streams, and…
Let’s unleash the untapped potential of today’s waste by smartly using resources and… creating great taste! Learn how to transform unnecessary waste into a resource and engage in reducing food waste and join the Great Taste – Zero Waste…
The 2023 Entrepreneurship Programmes provide targeted support to European startups at all stages of the innovation journey

EIT Food Open Innovation Call 2023

Have you got an idea for an innovative project that will create positive change in the food system? We want to hear from you!

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Podcast #110

Circular coffee – can we make coffee sustainable?

Coffee is close to many people’s hearts, but the coffee industry needs fixing. Deforestation, water scarcity and poverty are among the…
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We’re looking for startups/SMEs to be connected with retailers and launch innovative food products in the market through the RIS S2M programme.
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We’re looking for retailers to be connected with startups/SMEs and launch innovative food products in the market through the RIS S2M programme

Transitioning to a circular economy

A circular food system could phase out the concept of food waste as we know it, contributing to a more sustainable world... but what are the key challenges and solutions?

open call
EIT Food RisingFoodStars is establishing a database of experts to become a mentor to our scaleups (members of the programme in 2023), an evaluator to the 2023 applicants or both.
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Climarian, reducetarian, regenerative, sustaining, planetary... Concern for climate change and the future of the planet is also reflected in diet and is giving rise to new categories and labels linked to the way in which each person…
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Dr Andy Zynga explores what innovation trends are right around the corner and why he thinks “cultivated meat is here to stay”.
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EIT Food has announced the launch of its 2023 Entrepreneurship Programmes, with applications now open for three agri-foodtech programmes.
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