Circular FoodShift

BALTIC MUNICIPALITIES FOOD MODEL TRANSFORMATION

Circular FoodShift

BALTIC MUNICIPALITIES FOOD MODEL TRANSFORMATION

 

The project Circular FoodShift helps authorities in rural and peri-urban municipalities transform food models with less food waste at schools and gastronomy and new businesses upcycling food and food waste.

The project BSR Food Coalition connects local farmers and public authorities to ensure regular access to organic food meals at schools, and thus meet a continuous demand for healthy food supply.

Project summary

The current conventional food system has supported a fast-growing population and fuelled economic development and urbanisation. However, these productivity gains have come at environmental cost, and today’s model is not fit to meet tomorrow’s longer term needs neither locally nor globally.

Changing our food system to one based on the principles of the circular economy is one of the most powerful initiatives we can do to tackle climate change and preserve biodiversity. Various regional municipalities across the Baltics have put food and sustainability as a priority in their long term regional strategic plans. However, the lack of awareness, experience and competencies and how to work with circular economy at the regional and local municipality level, and the bottom-up collaboration scarcity, have become impediments on the development of resilient and sustainable food regions.

Municipalities need collaboration, partnership, knowledge and understanding about “circular economy for food” program models, implementation methods, tools, evaluation, and policy development.

This project suggests an efficient way to do this in the Baltic countries, by reinforcing cross-sector cooperation and accelerate the development of sustainable food systems in rural and peri-urban areas; this to be able to meet the needs of the growing urban population, the nutritional health problems and the increase of gastronomy tourism in the region.

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Events

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Dynamic Food Procurement Days

Onsite Meeting 2024-05-14 – 2024-05-15
Green, local and innovative food procurement – why does it matter? And for whom?

A well-designed dynamic food procurement gives small-scale farmers and operators many opportunities to grow, succeed, and positively impact territorial communities, at the same time reduce food waste. That is why it is important to mix different food policies with strategic policies for the public policy to succeed in a most efficient way.

Are you a procurement specialist, school chef, municipality representative, representing farmers or involved in some other way in the school food procurement? We’ve put together two onsite co-creation days for you and others like minded.
Here, you all gather in one place, sit down together, get inspired and be part of the development, to find solutions to common obstacles and come up with incentives.

The Dynamic Food Procurement days will be held on May 14th and 15th, focusing on the Baltic countries of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The spotlight will be on innovations in sustainable public food procurement (SPFP) practices, in particular efforts to source healthy and high-quality food from small-scale farmers and food businesses in a legally sound way.

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Circular Business Models in Gastronomy

Virtual event 2024-03-20
HoReCa, a sector that is ripe for positive transformation.

One of the pleasures of urban life is the wide choice of restaurants available. Given its size and nature, the HoReCa industry is resource hungry and generates large volumes of waste, and with the rapid climate changes, increasing food prices, customers demand for more environmentally friendly food choices, this sector needs an experimental mindset, a willingness to ask questions and try new things.

This is a series of inspirational and capacity building sessions to give HoReCa businesses practical guidance they can take to play their part in tackling climate change while getting more from less.

What’s on the table?
Hyperlocal, high-tech and circular are three areas we’ll get Nordic and Baltic insights from, and understand how they play their part in a Circular Business Model.

Why join?
This session is about simple but effective practical things you can do to make a real difference – not just to the environment but to your business’ bottom line as well.
As this is a live event, to learn more, we invite you to register to take a seat at the online table.

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