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Rewarding initiatives that support
a resilient biosphere
while feeding the world

Editors' Picks

Theme: Freshwater and Waterways

Freshwater: Precious and Under Threat
Special report by Dan Saladino, food journalist, radio producer and author

Entries

"Reducing the climate impact of ruminant animal production by making scalable Asparagopsis seaweed farming a reality"
Greener Grazing
Vietnam
"A feed supplement made from red seaweed that reduces methane gas emissions from cows"
Volta Greentech
Sweden
"A way to grow food in deserts by forming a protective cocoon around plants"
Groasis
Netherlands
"Bringing businesses, governments, and citizens together to address systemic challenges in the food system and reducing food waste"
WRAP
United Kingdom
"Connecting urban consumers with farmers through easier access to locally produced food"
REKO
Finland
"An online tool that helps restaurants, caterers and events to measure and manage the climate impact of the food served"
GiantLeaps
Netherlands
"Growing food for the local community close to the North Pole, using local resources, new farming technologies and circular principles"
Polar Permaculture
United States
"A soilless system that allows farmers to grow food crops with significantly less water"
Airponix
United Kingdom
"Developing sustainable local food growing projects with revenue from the installment of solar panels"
The Feeding Tariff
United Kingdom
"Assisting people to change the way they eat to become more sustainable while increasing their sense of well-being"
BeChange
Sweden

World population:

The Challenge

To keep the world’s growing population alive and well-nourished – without destroying the planet

 

We live in the Anthropocene, a planetary epoch defined by humans’ impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. Our food systems represent an important part of that impact, accounting for a mounting burden we place on the biosphere, the planet’s thin layer of life.

Already, the global population stands at nearly 8 billion. As it rapidly increases—scientists predict it will grow by about 70 million per year and reach nearly 10 billion by 2050—we will put even more pressure on the planetary boundaries, with increasing risk of crossing critical tipping points for the Earth’s stability and resilience.

We humans are part of the biosphere, along with plants, animals, and all other living creatures. Yet in the past half-decade, we have put a severe amount of pressure on that biosphere. Rapid population growth and rising standards of living for billions have not only depleted and degraded natural resources, but provoked dramatic changes in climate as well. As one of the main drivers of global environmental change, our food system has long been a significant part of the problem. It is now time for it to become part of the solution.

To protect the biosphere, we must transform our food system and establish a sustainable food supply within planetary boundaries. We must save The Food Planet so that it can continue to feed us all.

The Food Planet Prize will seek out and showcase solutions at every link along the circular food chain, from soil to fork and back to the soil again. Based on the notion that radical innovation is necessary if we are to reverse our current situation, the award encourages and recognizes innovative projects that disrupt existing systems and value chains, or that venture outside them altogether. Traditional environmental strategies and measures are essential, but they will not suffice in the terrifyingly short timespan that remains before global warming and other environmental threats surpass the levels our habitat – and thus life itself – can withstand.

Help us find the best candidates!

The Prize

The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize aims to identify, showcase, and reward important initiatives designed to re-invent our food chain and help establish a sustainable food system within the planet’s boundaries.

The Foundation

Through research grants, awards, and information campaigns, the Curt Bergfors Foundation supports initiatives and individuals working to secure the world’s future food supply while fostering a healthy and resilient biosphere.

About Curt Bergfors

Curt Bergfors, a renowned hospitality entrepreneur in Sweden, was born on February 27th, 1949, into a mining family in Gällivare, Lapland. When he was just fifteen, Bergfors decided that he would not only become financially independent, but also support people and causes in need.