Knowledge Base > Sustainability

Welcome to Sustainability!

Sustainability is indispensable for the transition of our food system, as it holds the key to addressing urgent challenges. According to FAO, a sustainable food system is a system that delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social, and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised. This means that: 
  • It is profitable throughout (economic sustainability); 
  • It has broad-based benefits for society (social sustainability); and 
  • It has a positive or neutral impact on the natural environment (environmental sustainability). 
Sustainable food production conserves resources, mitigates emissions, and reduces waste. Transitioning to a sustainable food system requires equitable and ethical practices, promoting fair wages, safe conditions, and social justice. Sustainable systems promote healthier diets with local, nutritious, and seasonal foods. By embracing sustainable practices, we can ensure the long-term viability of our agricultural systems while minimizing their negative impacts on the planet and on people. 

Sustainability Tools

Use the Self-Assessment Tool for tips and tricks to make your initiative more sustainable
Learn more about the scoring process for the Self-Assessment Tool

Circularity in FoodSHIFT 2030 Cities

You can read about our cities (or living labs as we call them) below to find out how each city region is supporting sustainability through circularity practices:
Focus on promoting linkages through the community garden in the city and building a community around reducing food waste
Focus on promoting linkages through high quality education
Focus on promoting linkages through urban-rural cooperation, building a community around procurement of public canteens & schools and closing circles through upcycled food
Focus on gathering data on "Food Vision Young People" and promoting linkages through sustainable restaurants of the future, promoting local products and "Food Vision Young People"
Focus on building a community around food hubs and food strategy & policy 
Focus on building a community on food strategy & policy and promoting linkages through education
Focus on building a community through food tech acceleration and the FabLab network
Focus on closing circles through school meals and bio-waste composting
Focus on building a community around food & education in schools and promoting linkages around food waste