Food systems play a unique role in sustainability transitions. Given that people need to regularly drink and eat, many economic and societal activities are geared towards feeding people, often generating harmful environmental impacts. The food system is said to contribute one third of global greenhouse gas emissions, for example. Food sits right at the boundary of where humanity interacts with ecological systems and hence provides a fertile ground for research into sustainability.
At Exeter we have hence set up what we call the Circular Food platform that bundles our research and engagement activities focused on circular and regenerative approaches to food systems.