Welcome to the Food Planet: bountiful, beautiful – and broken
Providing for us all, but running out of resources, planet Earth is in danger. The way we produce and consume food is largely to blame. We must change course now to have a resilient and plentiful future. The food system must be reinvented – urgently!Read more
The 2020 Finalists
We're proud to present the nine finalists of the 2020 Food Planet Prize. These initiatives represent some of the many ways we have to address the food planet challenge: feeding a growing world population without pushing the planet and its biosphere to their limits.Read more
The Food Planet Prize - Rewarding initiatives that support a resilient biosphere while feeding the world
The 2020 Finalists
Reports and featured entries by challenge
The Foul Breath of Climate Change
Thousands of mussels steaming to death in the warm, low tide of a New Zealand beach, glaciers threatening to melt into summer avalanches in the Italian Alps, and the western U.S. ablaze. The ugly effects of climate change are felt all over the world. It’s vital to understand how our failing food system impacts the climate and the stability of our living environment. The way we produce and consume food is preventing us from reaching the 1.5°C target of the Paris Climate Accord.
Farming virtual fields
Reversing the tragedy of the commons
Reducing methane emissions from rice
Hacking cow burps
All choked up
An app’etite for change
Getting help from kelp
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 world’s population
The way we live, we need 1.6 Planet Earths, already today
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.