Jessica Duncan, Stefano Pascucci, Circular Solutions for Linear Problems: Principles for Sustainable Food Futures, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2016, Pages 58-65 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/circular-solutions-linear-problems-principles-sustainable-food-futures/) Abstract: Think about the food in your fridge. It is very likely that most of it has come in nonbiodegradable packaging and from far distances. It is also likely that at least one-third of this food will be wasted or was lost before production.1 Increasing evidence shows that the industrial food system is having a destructive impact on our well-being, while simultaneously degrading ecosystems, reducing biodiversity, and accelerating climate change.2–4 When we ask the question, "can industrial agriculture feed the world?," the answer is no: industrialized food production has failed to meet the longer-term needs of societies and ecosystems.3,5 The question is, what comes next?   As a way of designing a system that can meet our long-term needs, we are inspired by the idea of the Circular Economy. The term Circular Economy has been proposed to describe an economy that is designed to be restorative and regenerative; one that aims to keep products, components, and materials at their … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Food Security