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Rewarding initiatives that support
a resilient biosphere
while feeding the world

Editors’ Picks

Initiatives from all around the world

Recent Entries

Nominations for the Food Planet Prize keep coming in. These are some recent eligible entries. Please continue submitting nominations.

"Mining waste for urban nutrients closing the loop to secure agricultural productivity and reduce water pollution"
Ragn-Sells
Sweden
"Combining local coffee production and forest conservation in a biosphere reserve"
UNESCO Kafa Biosphere Reserve
Ethiopia
"Producing seafood products directly from fish cells in cellular aquaculture"
BlueNalu
United States
"A temperature-sensitive indicator label for food freshness. Helping consumers reduces food waste by showing them when food actually spoils"
Mimica
United Kingdom
"Creating neighborhoods that will generate their own power and grow their own sustainable and healthy food"
ReGen Villages
Netherlands
"Re-engineering fruit and vegetable waste into a range of food, health, and cosmetic products"
Nature Preserve
Denmark
"An online tool that helps restaurants, caterers and events to measure and manage the climate impact of the food served"
GiantLeaps
Netherlands
"Feeding cows pink seaweed to help curb greenhouse gas emissions"
Future Feed
Australia
"Converting human waste to fertilizer and animal feed for commercial and smallholder farms"
Sanergy
Kenya
"The edible spray that makes fruits and veggies last longer"
Apeel
United States

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.